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The pinnacle of the Irish racing calendar, the Powers Irish Grand National encompasses all that is great =about the Irish passion for the sport. Run for the first time in 1870, and won by Sir Robert Peel, the National quickly established itself as Ireland''s most valuable steeplechase and since then each success has had its own enchanting story. Featuring runners and riders from yesteryear such as Arkle and Pat Taaffe, who have since become part of Irish racing folklore, this chronicle of the race brings the story up to the present day, with the modern heroes such as Bobbyjo and Paul Carberry demonstrating the achievements of Irish born and bred owners, trainers, jockeys, and horses who will all leave their mark on the sport. Lavishly illustrated in full color, with photography by Pat Heeley, the official race photographer, this is a celebration of the Irish love of the sport and the Easter event that captivates the hearts and minds of all those on the Emerald Isle.