Racing on Grand National Day
Grand National Day offers a magnificent seven-race card including three Grade 1 races and the awaited Randox Health Grand National Steeple Chase (Grade 3, 4m, 2 ½f, £ 1,000,000) at 5.15pm, which is in its 170th year. The world’s most famous Steeple Chase is run over 4 miles 2½ furlongs with horses jumping 30 fences over two circuits. The most valuable jump race in Europe, The Randox Health Grand National Steeple Chase is uniquely challenging, featuring much larger fences than those found on conventional National Hunt tracks.
The day begins with the Grade 3 Gaskells Handicap Hurdle at 1.40 pm followed by the Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1, 2m, 4f), which is open to horses aged four years or older and features eleven hurdles. Willie Mullins trained, Yorkhill, gave Paul Townend success last year as he won this race on Grand National Day.
The Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1, 2m) is open to novice chasers aged five years or older with twelve fences to be jumped. Douvan triumphed in this Chase last year.
The third Grade 1 race of the day is the The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1, 3m ½f) open to horses aged four years or older with thirteen hurdles to be jumped. After two years dominated by Nicky Henderson’s trained, Whisper, who took this race both in 2014 and 2015, Thistlecrack won the 2016 edition of the race.
The showpiece race of the day is the Randox Health Grand National at 5.15pm (Grade 3, 4m 2½f, £1,000,000). Unique race and a global phenomenon, The Randox Health Grand National is unique, the race of dreams and creator of legends. Therefore, it is no surprise that the National receives more attention around the world than any other horse race.