Eventmasters horse racing hospitality ambassador AP McCoy tasted big race success on day one of the Aintree Festival as he guided Jezki to victory in the Aintree Hurdle. Eventmasters Grand National hospitality guests were thrilled to see the Champ in the winners’ enclosure once again.
The former Champion Hurdle winner was left clear after the final jump as Arctic Fire took a crashing fall, but was thankfully both horse and jockey were fine. It was the seventh Grade One success for Jezki and made up for his below par run at the Cheltenham Festival. Silviniaco Conti also made up for his disappointing run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup by winning the Betfred Bowl for the second time. The Paul Nicholls trained runner jumped superbly from the front and held off the challenge of Ballynagour and Holywell. On The Fringe made it a big festival double as he cruised to success in the Crabbies Foxhunter Chase. After comfortably winning the Foxhunter chase at the Cheltenham Festival the ten-year-old made short work of his rivals at Aintree under a superb ride from Nina Carberry. The next two days of the festival provide national hunt racing fans with some superb action including the Topham Chase, the Liverpool Hurdle and of course the world’s most historic steeplechase the Crabbies Grand National which carries a prize fund of £1 million.