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Racing on Ladies Day

Style and phenomenal racing

Ladies Day brings a touch of elegance to the Randox Health Grand National Festival, providing an opportunity for racegoers to compete in the style stakes alongside top class racing action on the world famous Aintree Racecourse. With four Grade 1 races and The Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase run over the Grand National fences, Ladies Day offers an afternoon of top class racing.

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.

EASTLAKE Ridden by Barry Geraghty (Green & Gold ) wins at Aintree 8/4/16 Photograph by GROSSICK RACING 07710461723

The racing action is complete by the Grade 1 Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle and the Weatherbys Champion Standard Open NH Flat.