McLoughlin goes back to back in Irish National at Lariat Lords it

A magnificent training performance saw Dermot McLoughlin land a second Irish Grand National in succession, as 40-1 chance Lord Lariat proved too good for a classy field.

McLoughlin, who produced Freewheelin Dylan to score at 150-1 12-months ago, said afterwards that he was confident he had everything in place to launch another serious assault on the 150th running of Ireland's traditional Easter Monday Blue Riband event and his horse delivered when it mattered most.

For much of the race the leading two or three didn't change, while one by one, their opponents dropped away. Long-time leader Frontal Assault finished second, while the favourite, the Willie Mullins-trained Gaillard Du Mesnil, was third after travelling and jumping superbly just off the pace and for much of the way. He had looked the most likely winner from some way out.

However, when the tap was turned on, claiming jockey Paddy O'Hanlon had Lord Lariat in a great position from which to challenge, and he seized his opportunity between the last two fences to hit the front, staying on strongly right through the line.

The seven-year-old's success in the €500,000 event was far and away O'Hanlon's greatest victory in the saddle and there were wonderful scenes at Fairyhouse after the race.

"I was confident enough coming into this as he was fresh after a break and it's great for everyone involved, including Paddy on board," said trainer McLoughlin.

"The kids are here this year - they missed it all last year - so it's a special day. To do it again at my local track is unbelievable."

Meanwhile, O'Hanlon said: "Dermot filled me with a lot of confidence beforehand and we got out near the front, got into a good rhythm and he was spot on."

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