Aintree Grand National - Day 1 - Thursday

Racegoers study the card at Aintree.
Racegoers study the card at Aintree.

Held on the Thursday, the opening day of the Grand National Meeting is a great introduction to the Festival that lies ahead.

Although the crowds don't tend to be quite as big as they are for the following two days of the Festival, the Thursday arguably has the best day of racing action, with no less than four Grade 1 races on the card - including the Aintree Bowl, which tends to feature the main protagonists from the previous month's Cheltenham Festival. 

Grand National Festival Day 1 Card

13.45 - Manifesto Novices' Chase - Grade 1 - 2m 3f 200y

14.20 - Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Novices' Hurdle - Grade 1 - 2m 209y

14.50 - Aintree Bowl - Grade 1 - 3m 210y

15.25 - Aintree Hurdle - Grade 1 - 2m 4f

16.05 - Foxhunters' Open Hunters' Chase - Class 2 - 2m 5f 19y

16.40 - Red Rum Handicap Chase - Grade 3 - 1m 7f 176y

17.15 - Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race - Grade 2 - 2m 209y

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