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2024 Grand National: Day 1 Preview

Here we preview all of the action that is set to take place at the prestigious and historic Aintree Racecourse on the opening day of the 2024 Grand National.

The 2024 renewal of the Grand National at the iconic Aintree Racecourse begins early on the afternoon of Thursday 11th April 2024, and it will be the first of three thrilling days of world-class horse racing action in what is one of the most famous and prestigious events on the calendar of any horse racing fan.

The opening day of this year’s event sees, as there is on both of the other two days, seven races take place, which are going to be the following:

  • Close Brothers Manifesto Novices’ Chase (13:45).
  • Boodles Anniversary 4-Year-Old Juvenile Hurdle (14:20).
  • William Hill Bowl Chase (14:55).
  • William Hill Aintree Hurdle (15:30).
  • Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase (16:05).
  • Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase (16:40).
  • Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (17:15).

The action throughout the day is set to be enthralling with a plethora of famous horses taking to the track across the day, including Paul Townsend’s Il Etait Temps, Nico de Boinville’s Shishkin, Rachael Blackmore’s Bob Olinger and Harry Skelton’s Unexpected Party.

Here, we will preview all of the seven races that are set to be taking place at the famous and historic Aintree Racecourse today.

Close Brothers Manifesto Novices’ Chase (13:45)

The race that will get the 2024 renewal of the Aintree Grand National will be the Close Brothers Manifesto Novices’ Chase at 13:45 on Thursday afternoon. The most recent winner, back in 2023, was Banbridge, who was ridden by Jockey James Slevin.

There are a total of five horses in the field for this year’s edition of the race, and they are the following: Grey Dawning (Harry Skelton), Il Etait Temps (Paul Townend), Ginny’s Destiny (Harry Cobden), Blow Your Wad (Stan Sheppard) and Colonel Henry (Gavin Sheehan).

Boodles Anniversary 4-Year-Old Juvenile Hurdle (14:20)

Now we will move on to the second race of the opening day, which is going to be the 2024 Boodles Anniversary 4-Year-Old Juvenile Hurdle. Last year, in 2023, it was won by Zenta who was guided to victory by Jockey Mark Walsh.

This year, there are a total of 5 horses making up the field, and they are going to be: Sir Gino (Nico de Boinville), Kargese (Paul Townend), Kalif Du Berlais (Harry Cobden), Intellotto (James Slevin), and Dirty Den (Ben Poste).

William Hill Bowl Chase (14:55)

Next up is the 2024 William Hill Bowl Chase, the third race of the day. Nico de Boinville, onboard Shishkin, was the jockey that would go on to emerge victorious in this race last year. It was also a victory for acclaimed trainer Nicky Henderson.

The horses taking part in this year’s Bowl Chase are: Jack Kennedy’s Gerri Colombe, Nico de Boinville’s Shishkin, Mark Walsh’s Corbetts Cross, Harry Cobden’s Bravemansgame, Derek Fox’s Ahoy Senor, Sean Bowen’s Thunder Rock and Darragh O’Keefe’s Gentlemansgame.

William Hill Aintree Hurdle (15:30)

Race Four of the 2024 Grand National’s opening day at the famous Aintree Racecourse is going to be the latest running of the William Hill Aintree Hurdle. Back in 2023, Constitution Hill, ridden by Nico de Boinville, became the most recent winner of this prestigious race to date.

There are a total of 8 horses making up the field for this race, and they are going to be: Impaire Et Passe (Paul Townend), Bob Olinger (Rachael Blackmore), Luccia (James Bowen), Langer Dan (Harry Skelton), Marie’s Rock (Nico de Boinville), Nemean Lion (Richard Patrick), Mahons Glory (Sam Twiston-Davies) and Jack Kennedy’s Beacon Edge.

Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase (16:05)

We will now be moving on to the fifth race that is set to take place at Aintree on Thursday afternoon, and that is the 2024 edition of the Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase at 16:05pm. Rewind to last year, and it was William Biddick who emerged as the winning Jockey, riding Famous Clermont to victory that day.

Now, in 2024, the following 22 horses are set to make up the field for this year’s race: Its On The Line (Derek O’Connor), Annamix (Patrick Mullins), Romeo Magico (Dara McGill), Bennys King (Sean O’Connor), Spyglass Hill (James King), Time Leader (Huw Edwards), Gaboriot (Harry Myddelton), Lieutenant Rocco (William Biddick), Rebel Dawn Rising (Dale Peters), Tea Clipper (Freddie Mitchell), Espoir De Guye (Natalie Parker), Cap Du Mathan (Olive Nicholls), Captain Tommy (Toby McCain-Mitchell), Cat Tiger (David Maxwell), Drop Flight (Ben Sutton), Windsor Avenue (Jack Teal), Focus Point (D T Hyde), Grand Roi (Tommie O’Brien), Matts Commission (Lois Teal), The Big Lense (Alex Chadwick), Hardline (Josh Williamson) and Reikers Island (Daniel Cherriman).

Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase (16:40)

We now come to the penultimate race of the 2024 Aintree Grand National’s opening day. The most recent winner of the Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase was Rachael Blackmore’s Dancing On My Own.

There is a field made up of a total of 15 horses, and they are going to be: Sans Bruit (Bryony Frost), Saint Roi (Mark Walsh), Unexpected Party (Harry Skelton), Whiskeywealth (John Shinnick), Heltenham (Ciaran Gethings), Path D’oroux (Keith Donoghue), Black Gerry (Niall Houlihan), Irish Blaze (Carl Millar), Homme Public (Henry Brooke), Mayhem Mya (Bryan Carver), Dancing On My Own (Rachael Blackmore), Guy (James Turner), Bythesametoken (Robert Dunne), Triple Trade (Brendan Powell) and Mackenberg (Theo Gillard).

Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (17:15)

The seventh and final race on the opening day of the 2024 Aintree Grand National is set to be the latest renewal of the Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race. The most recent winner, back in 2023, was Dysert Enos who was ridden to victory by Jockey Paddy Brennan.

16 horses are set to take part, and they are going to be as follows: Baby Kate (Patrick Mullins), Honky Tonk Highway (Harry Skelton), Diva Luna (Kielan Woods), Mongibello (James Slevin), Jubilee Alpha (Harry Cobden), Listentoyourheart (Charlie Todd), Metkayina (Jonathan Burke), Letterston Lily (Sean Bowen), Speculatrix (Jack Kennedy), La Marquise (Gavin Sheehan), Park Princess (Sam Twiston-Davies), Just Call Me Lucy (Jamie Hamilton) Not Now Nathaniel (Brian Hughes), Nala The Lioness (Henry Brooke), Wednesday Addams (Jack Quinlan) and Future Fortune (James Bowen).

Excitement and anticipation are building rapidly ahead of the 2024 Grand National, which is set to get started on the afternoon of Thursday 11th April 2024, which gets the three days of enthralling racing underway.

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