Gritty Folsom Blue battles back to win a second Grand National Trial

Folsom Blue takes the last in the Punchestown Grand National Trial

Folsom Blue recovered from a hesitant jump at the last to come out on top in a thrilling finish to the BoyleSports Grand National Trial Handicap Chase at Punchestown.

The well-backed 5-1 favourite led between the final two fences but was headed on landing after Isleofhopendreams negotiated the obstacle better.

However, Gordon Elliott's charge was galvanised by Jack Kennedy to regain the advantage on the run-in on what was his first race over fences this season after a spell hurdling.

Folsom Blue was a length and a half in command at the line, with last year's winner Baie Des Iles 13 lengths back in third place. Space Cadet was another five lengths away in fourth.

He won the race back in 2014 for Mouse Morris and had only run at Sandown last weekend when fourth in a hot handicap hurdle won by Topofthegame.

"He's a great honest horse. We sent him to England last week and they went no gallop so it was a bit of a worry coming back a week later. It was great," said Elliott.

"Gary (O'Brien, of At The Races) was responsible for buying him, he picked him out at the sales so it's great.

"He kind of jammed on at the last but other than that, Jack said he jumped good. He said if he had something with him, he would have jumped it better but it worked out great and everyone is happy.

"I'd say he'll go for the Irish National. I'd say he'll definitely go there."