Ebene Magazine – Grand National Festival: those to be seen in Aintree on day two


Fakir D’Oudairies of JJ Slevin en route to victory in the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle during Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham Racecourse
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Day two of the Randox Health Grand National Festival takes center stage on Friday with four first grade events.

A variety of established names will be in action, with a look ahead and some interesting newbies. </ The highlight of Friday's action is the £ 187,000 Grade One Marsh Chase. The bets for the two and a half mile long event are jointly managed by Fakir D'oudairies (11/4) and Politologue (11/4).

Fakir D’oudairies has contested two nice races in the defeat this season, under including second in the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last time.

Politologue is a past winner of this event and needs to be of interest if he is fresh into the race after being withdrawn by the Champion Chase last time.

Dashel Drasher had Master Tommytucker last time at Ascot Chase but would arguably prefer better ground, while Notebook has to improve due to his efforts this season.

The hero of the Cheltenham Festival, Chantry House, is the leading name in the Betway Mildmay Novices chase at 2:00 p.m.

The seven year old, trained by Nicky Henderson, was an outright winner of the Marsh Chase last time and appears in the La The list of dangers is led by Colin Tizzard’s classic duo Fiddlerontheroof and The Big Breakaway, who finished second and third in the Cheltenham chase for the festival newbies in Cheltenham lay. They have already shown their class on this trip and are leading players.

Shan Blue is a first class winner this season but has to recover from a subpar performance at Cheltenham last time, as did the top scorer in the first Great, Sporting John who fell on his last start at the festival.

Empire Steel is progressing with every run and is fresh into this race, while Silver Hallmark and Espoir De Romay complete the eight runners, but because of smart wins Races are coming.

Another first class event is the Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (2:20 pm), where Dusart tries to live up to his high reputation.

He later beat a top scorer than he did at won his Newbury debut but has since been off the track due to injury. He seems sure to be suitable for faster ground conditions here, however.

For Pleasure was an excellent third on the Supreme Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham and poses a threat if he breaks away at the front end along with Belfast Banter who is at Lucki made his last start at the Landing of the County Hurdle for the third time.

Ajero is making progress with every run and comes into the race after four wins in a row. He’s together with Houx Gris, who was well formed fourth last time at the Fred Winter in Cheltenham.

The other first class race of the day is the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle, at the Bravemansgame at his last start at Cheltenham Festival is interested in his creditworthy third place.

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