Grand National Day Two

2024 Grand National: Day 2 Preview

Friday 12th April 2024 sees the second day of the Aintree Grand National take place with more thrilling racing to come throughout the afternoon.

We are now building up to the action to get underway for the second and penultimate race of the 2024 Grand National at Aintree Racecourse, with a plethora of horse racing fans from across the country and around the world will be in attendance. Just like the opening day, the second day of action will see a total of what promises to be a total of 7 enthralling races throughout Friday afternoon.

The races that will be taking place on Friday are to be as follows:

  • Huyton Asphalt Franny Blennerhassett Memorial Mildmay Novices’ Chase (13:45).
  • William Hill Handicap Hurdle (14:20).
  • TrustATrader Top Novices’ Hurdle (14:55).
  • My Pension Expert Melling Chase (15:30).
  • Randox Supports Race Against Dementia Topham Handicap Chase (16:05).
  • Cavani Sartorial Menswear Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (16:40).
  • Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle (17:15).

Excitement and anticipation are rapidly building for racing fans with the action set to finally get underway very soon indeed – and here we are going to take a look ahead and preview all of the action that is to come on the second and penultimate day of the 2024 Grand National at Aintree. We will start with the Huyton Asphalt Franny Blennerhassett Memorial Mildmay Novices’ Chase.

Huyton Asphalt Franny Blennerhassett Memorial Mildmay Novices’ Chase (13:45)

We of course will start with the race that will be opening proceedings at Aintree Racecourse on day two of the 2024 renewal of the Grand National. The winner of the most recent running of this particular race back in 2023 was the pre-race favourite Gerri Colombe, ridden by Jockey Davy Russell.

A total of 6 horses are going to make up the field for this year’s edition of this race, and they are going to be as follows: Inothewayurthinkin (Mark Walsh), Iroko (Jonjo O’Neill Jr), Chianti Classico (David Bass), Heart Wood (Rachael Blackmore), Giovinco (Stephen Mulqueen) and Broadway Boy (Sam Twiston-Davies).

William Hill Handicap Hurdle (14:20)

Next up on day two will be the 2024 William Hill Handicap Hurdle on the afternoon of Friday 12th April 2024. The winner last year was Ben Harvey, who managed to fend off the competition from runners-up Buddy One onboard Fennor Cross.

These are the horses that are making up the field for this year’s Handicap Hurdle at Aintree: Kateira (Harry Skelton), Champagne Twist (Ben Jones), Ocastle Des Mottes (Paul Townend), Making Headway (Henry Brooke), Inthewaterside (Harry Cobden), Jango Baie (Nico de Boinville), Theatre Man (Harry Bannister), Uncle Bert (James Turner), What’s Up Darling (Jack Kennedy), Might I (Jonathan Burke), Sonigino (Freddie Gingell), Springwell Bay (Jonjo O’Neill Jr), Serious Operator (Patrick Wadge), Boombawn (Kielan Woods), Guard Your Dreams (Sam Twiston-Davies), Icare Allen (Richie McLernon), Playful Saint (Fergus Gillard), Spirit D’Aunou (Niall Houlihan) and Tronador (Danny Gilligan).

TrustATrader Top Novices’ Hurdle (14:55)

Race three on Friday will be the TrustATrader Top Novices’ Hurdle. Last year, the winner in the 2023 renewal of this race was Inthepocket, ridden by Rachael Blackmore. Sean Bowen’s Strong Leader and Nico de Boinville’s Luccia came in second and third.

This year, there will be 6 horses and jockeys making up the field, and they are going to be as follows: Mystical Power (Mark Walsh), Firefox (Jack Kennedy), Mistergif (Paul Townend), Lump Sum (Sam Twiston-Davies), Lookaway (Jack Quinlan) and finally Personal Ambition (Kielan Woods).

My Pension Expert Melling Chase (15:30)

Race number four on the second day of the 2024 Grand National will be this year’s renewal of the My Pension Expert Melling Chase. The winner back in 2023 was Harry Cobden’s Pic D’Orhy, who came out on top ahead of the likes of Mark Walsh’s Fakir D’oudairies (2nd) and Brian Hughes’ Minella Drama (3rd).

This year’s Melling Chase is set to feature a field made up of 7 runners, and this includes: Jonbon (Nico de Boinville), Protektorat (Harry Skelton) Pic D’Orhy (Harry Cobden), Envoi Allen (Rachael Blackmore), Conflated (Jack Kennedy), Easy Game (Paul Townend) and Minella Drama (Brian Hughes).

Randox Supports Race Against Dementia Topham Handicap Chase (16:05)

The third to last race set to take place at the iconic and famous Aintree Racecourse on Friday 12th April 2024 is set to be the latest renewal of the Randox Supports Race Against Dementia Topham Handicap Chase. Bill Baxter, ridden by Jockey Sam Twiston-Davies is the most recent winner, securing victory in this race back in 2023.

The field of this year’s race is made up of no less than 24 runners, and they are going to be: Shakem Up’arry (Ben Jones), Life In The Park (Rachael Blackmore), James Due Berlais (Paul Townend), Bill Baxter (James Bowen), Kandoo Kid (Harry Cobden), Frero Banbou (Charlie Deutsch), Your Darling (Kielan Woods), Arizona Cardinal (Ciaran Gethings), Ciel De Neige (Richie McLernon), Aime Desjy (Danny Mullins), Fantastic Lady (Nico de Boinville), Classic Getaway (Patrick Mullins), Grandads Cottage (Sean Bowen), Celebre D’Allen (Micheal Nolan), Empire Steel (Ryan Mania), Killer Kane (Brendan Powell), Shantreusse (Darragh O’Keefe), Flegmatik (Harry Skelton), Richmond Lake (Theo Gillard), The Edgar Wallace (David Bass), Embittered (Sam Ewing), Francky Du Berlais (Robert Dunne), Good Boy Bobby (Sam Twiston-Davies) and finally Quel Destin (Bryony Frost).

Randox Supports Race Against Dementia Topham Handicap Chase (16:05)

We are now going to move on to the 2024 Cavani Sartorial Menswear Sefton Novices’ Hurdle. The most recent running of this race of course came a year ago in 2023, when the winner that year was to be Stephen Mulqueen’s Apple Away who fended off stern competition from Brian Hughes’ Maximilian and Mark Walsh’s Iroko. The former had to settle for a second place finish in the end, whilst the latter had to settle for a third place finish.

This year, the field will be made up of a total of 8 runners: The Jukebox Man (Kielan Woods), Shanagh Bob (Nico de Boinville), Croke Park (Jack Kennedy), Dancing City (Paul Townend), Cherie D’Am (Harry Skelton), Kyntara (Charlie Deutsch), Pinot Rouge (Edward Austin) and finally Ballybentragh (David Maxwell).

Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle (17:15)

The final race of the penultimate day of racing at the 2024 Grand National at Aintree Racecourse will of course be this year’s renewal of the Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle. Back in 2023’s race, the winner was Punctuation, who was ridden by Jockey Liam Harrison. Angus Cheleda’s Blueking D’Oroux came in second place, whilst Lorcan Murtagh’s Washington had to settle for third place finish last year.

There will be 19 horses and jockeys taking part in this year’s Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle, and they are going to be: Maidenstreetprince (Philip Byrnes), Go Dante (Dylan Johnston), Densworth (Beau Morgan), Zeeband (Jack Gilligan), Skycutter (Tristan Durrell), Afadil (Freddie Gingell), Eagles Reign (Shane O’Callaghan) Lutterell Lad (Cameron Iles) Brucio (Ben Bromley), Party Vibes (Alice Stevens), Ted Hastings (Danny Gilligan), Jungle Jack (Peter Cavanagh), Ballee (Callum Pritchard), Your Honor (Gavin Brouder), El Jefe (Ben Smith), Pikar (Fergus Gillard), Rewired (Luke Scott), Lively Citizen (Harry Atkins) and finally Karuma Grey (Michael O’Sullivan).

Excitement and anticipation are building rapidly ahead of the second and penultimate day of enthralling racing action at the 2024 Grand National at the famous and historic Aintree Racecourse on Friday afternoon.

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