Irish Grand National Champ returns to Kildare

Rathangan homecoming

Niamh O Donoghue

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Welcome home Our Duke

Welcome home Our Duke

Irish National Champion, Our Duke arrived in Rathangan this evening to a hero's welcome.

Lead by his owner Billy Cooper and broadcaster, Tracy Piggott, the horse racing star paraded his way down the town shortly after 7pm before stopping outside Fullam's pub.

Family, friends and a good crowd of locals gathered to welcome him home. Born and bred in Kildare, Our Duke is owned by the Cooper family syndicate and trained by Jessica Harrington in Moone.

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The Cooper family are from Laois but Billy has been living in Clonbrock, Rathangan for 20 years.

Greeted by cheers and claps of approval, the gentle horse lapped up all the attention.

Tracy Piggott was delighted to lead Our Duke home. She rides the horse out every day and is a big fan of his.

WATCH: Our Duke gets a hero's welcome in Rathangan