Racing on Ladies Day
The Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3, 2m 4f) is the opener on Ladies Day, followed by the first Grade 1 of the day, The Crabbie’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1, 2m ½f), which is open to horses aged four years or older and during its running there are nine hurdles to be jumped.
The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1, 3m 1f) is open to horses aged five years or older and is run on the Mildmay course. The event was established in 1981, and its first two winners – Bregawn and Burrough Hill Lad – both went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Colin Tizzard’s trained, Native River, won this race in 2016 ridden by Richard Johnson.
The JLT Melling Steeple Chase (Grade 1, 2m 4f) is the race with the highest prize money on Ladies Day. This race was established in 1991, and it has held Grade 1 status throughout its history. It’s named after Melling, a nearby village which is made famous by Melling Road, a public road which crosses the racecourse.
The Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase (Grade 3, 2m 5f) is one of three races run over the Grand National fences during the Festival. Last year Barry Geraghty led Eastlake to victory in this race.
The racing action is complete by the Grade 1 Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle and the Weatherbys Champion Standard Open NH Flat.