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Horses with Laois connections feature in Irish Grand National

Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins are celebrating Grand National success this afternoon after favourite Burrows Saint galloped to victory in Fairyhouse.

However, two horses with strong Laois connections were also in the reckoning and both placed at the coveted event.

Acapella Bourgeois came home in third while Snugsborough Benny finished fourth and with most bookmakers paying each way prices on the first five or six finishers, anyone who had a few quid on these will have made money.

Acapella Bourgeois went off at 18/1 while Snugsborough Benny was 14/1 – so each way backers will have done well if they gambled on either.

Acapella Bourgeois is owned by the Slaneyville Syndicate which includes Monsignor John Byrne of Portlaoise.

The owners of the are a syndicate of eight Byrne siblings – seven brothers and one sister. They also had Total Recall in the race but after leading at one point, he faded and was eventually pulled up.

Snugsborough Benny’s Laois connection is through his trainer – Liam Cusack.

He trains horses in Derrymore House in Mountrath and has had 57 runners this season with six wins.

Monsignor Byrne’s family have also done well here as third place in the race earns you €50,000.

While Snugsborough Benny’s connections pocketed €25,000.