2016 Grand National Festival day two live!


Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | April 8, 2016

17:30 Goodbye! Thanks for sharing Ladies’ Day with us. We’ll be back tomorrow for coverage of the final day of the Aintree Festival, and its centrepiece the Grand National!

17:25 Ladies’ Day headlines:

  • Vautour falls in Melling Chase, God’s Own capitalises
  • Limini only third Top Novices’ on tough day for Mullins
  • Eastlake gives McManus a Topham Chase win
  • Native River sails to Mildmay victory, ahead of Blaklion and Un Temps Pour Tout

17:20 Bacardys wins the Champion Bumper!
1 Bacardys 15/2
2 Battleford 7/2
3 The Minch 100/1
17 ran

17:15 AND THEY’RE OFF in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper!

16:59 And finally… We come to the Weatherbys Champion Bumper. Read expert analysis ahead of this race.

16:48 Ballyoptic wins the Sefton from Bellshill!
Full result
1 Ballyoptic 9/1
2 Bellshill 11/2f
3 Potters Legend 16/1
15 ran

16:42 AND THEY’RE OFF in the Sefton!

16:25 Sefton preview… The Sefton Novices’ Hurdle is our penultimate race today, and we’ve had our tipsters previewing this as ever. Here’s how they bet:

16:11 Eastlake wins The Topham Chase!
Full result to follow:
1 Eastlake 22/1
2 Fairy Rath 25/1
3 Third Intention 33/1
4 Distime 50/1
5 Gallery Exhibition 66/1
29 ran

16:05 AND THEY’RE OFF in the Topham Chase!

15:59 Final reminder abut Topham each-way wagers! We’re paying out on the first five past the post in the next race:

15:40 Up next… We’ve got the Topham Chase over the big obstacles! Coral horse racing experts have their say on this wide-open contest.

15:31 God’s Own wins the Melling Chase from Al Ferof!
Full result:
1 God’s Own 10/1
2 Al Ferof 17/2
6 ran

15:29 Vautour falls!

15:26 AND THEY’RE OFF in the Melling Chase!

15:18 Skelton says on Al Ferof:

“Al Ferof’s run at Cheltenham was just magical for a horse that’s now eleven years old. If Vautour hadn’t turned up then he would have won, so it’s simple maths really. If Vautour doesn’t run his race or falls today then we should win, and if Vautour runs to form then we’ll likely be second.”

15:10 Melling Chase market and preview. Another big race up next, in the form of the JLT Melling Chase. Have a gander at the betting as it stands, plus what our experts think will happen in this one:

15:05 Willie win it? Mullins in pole position for NH Trainer’s Championship:

14:58 Native River wins the Mildmay Novices’ Chase!
Full result:
1 Native River 11/2
2 Henri Parry Morgan 10/1
3 Blaklion 3/1
8 ran

14:51 AND THEY’RE OFF in the Mildmay Novices’ Chase!

14:39 One for mobile customers:

14:27 Up next… Blaklion battles Un Temps Pour Tout in the Milmay Novices’ Chase. What do our tipsters think?

14:20 Buveur D’air beats Ball D’arc in a close-run thing ahead of Limini!
Full result:
1 Buveur D’air 11/4
2 Ball D’arc 16/1
3 Limini 11/10f
11 ran

14:16 AND THEY’RE OFF in the Top Novices’ Hurdle!

14:08 That is the question:

13:53 Up next… Top Novices’ Hurdle action. Read our expert’s preview!

Limini v Buveur D’air should be tasty. Current betting market below:

13:45 Party Rock wins the Charity Handicap Hurdle!
Full result:
1 Party Rock 33/1
2 Champagne At Tara 14/1
3 Starchitect 7/1jf
4 Sky Khan 25/1
22 ran

13:40 AND THEY’RE OFF in the Charity Handicap Hurdle!

13:27 Topham place payout reminder! Just letting you know again we’re paying out on the first five past the post in the Topham Chase:

13:10 Grand National stat attack:

12:47 How do they bet? Check out the market on the Charity Handicap Hurdle below:

12:35 Charity begins at home… With just over an hour until Ladies’ Day gets underway, have a read of what our horse racing tipsters think about the opener today, the Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle.

12:23 Right on Vine! Our Grand National silks video, courtesy of Vine, can help you decide who to back in tomorrow’s big race:

12:18 StableTalk… Top trainer Dan Skelton talks to Coral about Al Ferof’s chances of lowering Vautour’s colours!

12:05 Never bet before? Wanting to get a wager on for the Grand National Festival, but new to gambling? Coral’s how to bet guide gives you the low-down!

11:55 Blaklion to scupper Scu? Tom Scudamore won’t have it all his own way in Mildmay Novices’ Chase, though, and Blaklion is a real danger to Un Temps Pour Tout. Here’s the market latest:

11:45 Scudamore says… Here’s what Coral horse racing ambassador Tom Scudamore thinks about today’s Aintree action:

11:40 Mullins horse a drifter?! Is hell freezing over? Limini out to 7/4 for the Top Novices’ Hurdle, but it’s a tasty price if you fancy a punt on one of many top Willie Mullins horses in action at the Grand National Festival!

11:30 Top each-way value in Topham… We’re paying out on the first five past the post in today’s Topham Chase. If you fancy a bet, then head on over to our sister site horse racing section!

11:25 Grand National stat attack:

11:20 Get off the Couch! Respected racing pundit Mark ‘The Couch’ Winstanley had his say on what he fancies today:

11:15 Hello! Welcome to Coral’s live coverage of the 2016 Grand National Festival; we’ll bring you all the results and reaction from Ladies’ Day of the Aintree showpiece.

15:25 JLT MELLING CHASE (Grade 1)


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