Grand National Festival Day 2 Tips & Predictions

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All the latest news and views from Day 2 of the Grand National Festival.

Horses racing at Ladies Day of the Grand National Festival

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Ladies Day is full of colour, style and fashion as Aintree celebrates individuality and creativity, with all designs and looks in the spotlight.

On the track the action is no less sparkling, with day two on Merseyside headlined by the Grade 1 Melling Chase and the Topham Steeple Chase – the latter run over the Grand National fences.

You can watch all the Day 2 action from Aintree via live streaming when logged into MansionBet.

Betting Tips & Predictions

*Check back here closer to the race day to find the latest tips and predictions for Day 2 of racing.

Grand National Festival Day 2: Ladies Day Racecard April 9th 2021

Day two at Aintree is brimming with quality and ultra-competitive jumps racing fare, headlined by the Melling Chase. The full Friday programme is below.

TIMERACEDISTANCEPRIZE MONEY
1.45pmThe Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)2m4f£70,000
2.20pmTop Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)2m½f£100,000
2.50pmMildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)3m1f£100,000
3.25pmMelling Steeple Chase (Grade 1)2m4f£200,000
4.05pmTopham Steeple Chase (Grade 3)2m5f£120,000
4.40pmSefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)3m½f£100,000
5.15pmChampion Standard Open NH Flat Race (Grade 2)2m1f£45,000

Race 1 – 1.45pm The Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

A Grade 3 handicap hurdle over two-and-a-half miles launches day two at Aintree. Auroras Encore won this contest in 2008 and would land The National itself five years later for Sue Smith.

YEARWINNERTRAINERJOCKEYODDS
2017Rather BeNicky HendersonJerimiah McGrath10/1
2018Jester JetTom LaceyRobbie Dunne20/1
2019Three MusketeersGordon ElliottJack Kennedy8/1

Race 2 – 2.20pm Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

This race became a Grade 1 event as recently as 2016 and can feature horses that have previously run in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.

YEARWINNERTRAINERJOCKEYODDS
2017PingshouColin TizzardRobbie Power10/1
2018LalorKayley WoollacottRichard Johnson20/1
2019Felix DesjyGordon ElliottJack Kennedy8/1

Race 3 – 2.50pm Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

Run over a three-miles-one-furlong distance, the Mildmay Novices’ Chase is a through stamina test for up-and-coming chasers. Might Bite was the most recent Cheltenham Festival winner to land this in 2017.

YEARWINNERTRAINERJOCKEYODDS
2017Might BiteNicky HendersonNico de Boinville8/13fav
2018TerrefortNicky HendersonDaryl Jacob3/1fav
2019LostintranslationColin TizzardRobbie Power3/1

Race 4 – 3.25pm Melling Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

The Melling Chase is named after the public road that crosses Aintree racecourse. It often attracts horses that have run in the Queen Mother Champion Chase or the Ryanair Chase at the previous month’s Cheltenham Festival and is the feature race on day two.

YEARWINNERTRAINERJOCKEYODDS
2017Fox NortonColin TizzardRobbie Power4/1
2018PolitologuePaul NichollsSam Twiston-Davies11/1
2019MinWillie MullinsRuby Walsh2/1

Race 5 – 4.05pm Topham Steeple Chase (Grade 3)

The Topham is a tough jumping test over the National fences and it’s most successful participant was the Peter Bowen-trained Always Waining, winner in three successive years from 2010 onwards.

YEARWINNERTRAINERJOCKEYODDS
2017UltragoldColin TizzardHarry Cobden50/1
2018UltragoldColin TizzardHarry Cobden14/1
2019CadmiumWillie MullinsPaul Townend8/1

Race 6 – 4.40pm Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

An out-and-out staying test for the novices, this race is run over a trip of close to three-miles and one-furlong. It is perhaps not quite as daunting as the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham but, nonetheless, requires a proper stayer to win.

YEARWINNERTRAINERJOCKEYODDS
2017The World’s EndTom GeorgeAdrian Heskin3/1
2018SantiniNicky HendersonNico de Boinville6/4fav
2019ChampNicky HendersonMark Walsh9/4fav

Race 7 – 5.15pm Champion Standard Open NH Flat Race (Grade 2)

Aintree’s Champion Bumper race is more of a speedy affair than the counterpart at Cheltenham. The New One and Lalor are recent winners that returned to taste victory over jumps at this meeting.

YEARWINNERTRAINERJOCKEYODDS
2017LalorKayley WoollacottRichard Johnson33/1
2018Portrush TedWarren GreatrexGavin Sheehan25/1
2019McFabulousPaul NichollsHarry Cobden2/1fav

Betting Promos for Grand National Festival Day 2

You can watch every race from Aintree on day two of the Grand National Festival via live streaming when logged into MansionBet. We’ll have the latest odds in the lead-up to Aintree and special offers and promotions across the three days of the Festival itself; including – extra-place races, best odds guaranteed and new customer offers.

Also be sure to check out the horse racing section of our blog for daily tipping advice from our racing experts on all three days of the Grand National Festival.

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