Freewheelin Dylan left his rivals blowing in the wind to run out a shock 150/1 winner of the Boylesports Irish Grand National yesterday and keep the spoils in the host county.
In a dream result for the bookies, the rank outsider led from the start under jockey Ricky Doyle and was never passed to become the longest-priced winner ever of the famous race first run in 1870.
For local trainer Dermot McLoughlin it was an emotional victory, coming 62 years after his father Liam rode Kerforo to win the famous Easter Monday showpiece.
McLoughlin said: “I’m not shocked. It’s a race I like to have runners in and there’s a good story as Sheila [Mangan], who owns him, works for me in the yard.
“There is always a story to the Irish National and at least I’m part of it this year.
“Dad won the race in 1962, so we’ve been coming here every year since I was a young lad and it’s a local race for us. It’s nice to have a runner, let alone a winner.