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  Monday, 1 April, 2002, 15:26 GMT 16:26 UK
Double joy for The Bunny Boiler
All 17 runners made it over the first in the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse
The runners clear the first fence in the Irish National
The Bunny Boiler made it a quickfire double by winning the Powers Gold Label Irish Grand National on Monday.

The 12-1 shot, who claimed the Midlands National crown at Uttoxeter recently, just pipped Give Over (25-1) to land the big race at Fairyhouse.

Pre-race favourite and top weight Commanche Court, a previous winner of the race, was pulled up about five fences from home.

Another fancied runner, Rathbawn Prince, fell three fences form the finish.

'Boyhood hero'

Jumping well for local conditional rider Ross Geraghty, The Bunny Boiler survived an alarming blunder at the final fence.

The victory provided local trainer Noel Meade with an Irish Grand National breakthrough.

"Tom Dreaper who monopolised the race in the 1960s was my boyhood hero and I always wanted to win an Irish National," said Meade, Ireland's champion trainer-elect.

Ross Geraghty steers The Bunny Boiler home in the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse
The Bunny Boiler made a blunder at the last

"But I must admit my heart was in my mouth when The Bunny Boiler got the last fence all wrong."

The well-fancied Timbera came down at the second last when looking the only serious threat to the principals.

The lone English challenger Trouble Ahead was right out of contention when refusing at the third last.

Commanche Court began to lose his place throughout the final circuit and was eventually pulled up by champion jockey Ruby Walsh before the final fence.

Meade is now looking towards the Martell Grand National next year with The Bunny Boiler, who not surprisingly will be taking a break until next season.

BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght
"The winner's mistake at the last could have put him out of the race"
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