Racing on Grand Opening Day
The day begins with the Manifesto Novices’ Chase (Grade 1, 2m4f), which is open to horses aged five years or older. The chase is named after Manifesto, a horse which ran eight times in the Grand National between 1895 and 1904, which won the race twice and finished third on three occasions. In 2016 Arzal triumphed with Gavin Sheehan on board. The runners and riders will jump sixteen fences over the course of the race.
The Doom Bar Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1, 2m1f) will follow and is a race is open to horses aged four years. During the running of this race there are nine hurdles to be jumped.
The Betway Bowl Steeple Chase (Grade 1, 3m1f) sees some the best runners jumping nineteen fences in the effort to emulate the victories by 2016 winner, Cue Card, or Paul Nicholls’ trained, Silviniaco Conti who took the race both in 2014 and 2015 with Noel Fehily on board.
The Randox Health Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase (Class 2, 2m 5f) is one of the only three races run over the Grand National fences during the Festival. On The Fringe won the race back to back in 2015 and 2016 – can he take the glory again in 2017?