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Day 2: Grand National Ladies Day Friday

The midway point in the Grand National is taken up by Ladies Day, where the action is sometimes overshadowed by the fashion side of the festival but don’t you worry, all we care about is the day’s horse racing activity.

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Line-up for Ladies Day Friday

Seen as the fun day of the festival, #FabulousFriday sees seven runs on offer, with the stakes being raised through having to entertain a crowd of 45,000 attendees.

1:40 The Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle

Kicking off the day’s action with a grade 3 race is an exciting way to get started, and last year was no different, as Rather Be finished first at odds of 10/1, scooping some worthwhile winnings for an array of on-looking punters.

2:20 The Crabbie’s Top Novices’ Hurdle

Any horse trained by Nicky Henderson is sure to be the most dangerous here, as five of the last eight winners were provided by him and it’s become a reliable place for him to capitalise. Pingshou won last year and is the joint-oldest winner at seven-years-old, with only three of the previous thirty-nine winners being as old as him.

2:50 The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase

We already spoke of Nicky Henderson’s success in The Crabbie’s Top Novices’ Hurdle but he enjoyed watching Might Bite in this race last year too, as it did exactly what was expected of him, living up to his 8/13 favourite odds to finish first. He’ll want to show just as much dominance this time around, but will only be faced with further competition.

3:25 The JLT Melling Steeple Chase

Last year’s winner was second favourite Fox Norton at odds of 4/1, which narrowly shocked Sub Lieutenant to first place, who was given marginally different odds of 10/3. Races such as these ones tend to have two main favourites to decide from, with odds ranging from 3/1 to 9/1, but each way betting looking worthwhile.

4:05 The Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase

Of all jockeys looking to take something from The Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase, Barry Geraghty is currently looking the most dangerous, as he’s been the rider of three of the last five horses and is becoming a regular winner in this run. The only reason he didn’t win last time appeared to be due to sheer bad luck, as outsider Ultragold won with odds of 50/1.

4:40 The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle

Another horse that did exactly what was expected of it was The Worlds End in the Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle, who lived up to odds of 3/1 gifted from the bookmakers, to eventually finish first in impressive style. The second closest odds were Constantine Bay at 11/4, who ended up down at fourth, leaving an easy win for Irish-bred The Worlds End.

5:15 The Weatherbys Champion Standard Open NH Flat

The final race of Ladies Day is always a worthwhile watch but the excitement will be met with sorrow in this year’s edition of The Weatherbys Champion Standard Open NH Flat, as last year’s winner Lalor was trained by Richard Woollacott, who sadly passed away in January. Although it was devastating news for the horse racing news, his memory will be surely celebrated in this year’s race.

We are yet to receive confirmation over which horses will be down to race in all planned runs. Make sure to check back on this page as we approach the Grand National, and we’ll update it as and when the line-up is officially announced.

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