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Grand National Ladies Day: A Guide To Friday's Racing At Aintree

Friday 5th April 2019
Waiting Patiently is well fancied to win the Melling Chase On Ladies Day at Aintree
Waiting Patiently is well fancied to win the Melling Chase On Ladies Day at Aintree

Day two of Aintree's Grand National festival is officially known as Ladies Day, but while the inclement weather hitting Liverpool over the last couple of days may not appeal to those dressing to impress like on a Royal Ascot day, the masses will still flock to Merseyside for Friday's action, and there's some fabulous racing taking place.

Traditionally, the Liverpool ladies have defied the elements and still opted for the dress and high heels look, and they will be ready to light up Aintree on Friday, but it's the equine action on the track that will warm up the spectators and there are some sensational races taking place.

Arguably, the most exciting race of the day will come at 4:05pm as the professional jockeys get the chance to take a look at the Grand National fences with the Topham Handicap Chase providing a real betting conundrum.  Call It Magic has been well supported in the betting for the race, while Janika, Ballyhill and Adrien Du Pont are all prominent figures in the betting for what should be an ultra-competitive renewal.

For the class lover, the JLT Melling Chase at 3:25pm will see the proven top-class horses do battle and Ruth Jefferson's Waiting Patiently will attempt to bounce back to form in that contest, but Min and Politologue will be two notable rivals, with the latter aiming to build on a fine second placed finish behind Altior in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last March.

The action kicks off on Friday at 1:45pm with the Merseyrail Handicap Hurdle, which is a real head-scratcher for punters to start the afternoon, while at 2:20pm Precious Cargo and Aramon will lock horns in a wide open renewal of the Top Novices' Hurdle.

RSA Chase winner Topofthegame will be a warm order to follow up his Cheltenham win with victory in the Mildmay Novices' Chase at 2:50pm, but the Paul Nicholls-trained class act will have to get the better of Lostintranslation, who ran a huge race when finishing behind Defi Du Seuil in the JLT Novices' Chase at Prestbury Park last month.

Grade 1 action continues after the Melling Chase and the Topham, and Champ will be aiming to bounce back to winning ways in the Sefton Novices' Hurdle, which takes place at 4:40pm, but the Nicky Henderson-trained runner will face some lively opposition in the shape of Emitom and Dallas Des Pictons.

Day two concludes at 5:15pm with the future stars of the sport lining up in the Weatherbys Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race and Mcfabulous will be a hot favourite to collect that prize, in a race that is worth grabbing the notebook for exciting young recruits.

2019 Grand National Festival Ladies Day Race Schedule

1:45pm - Merseyrail Handicap Hurdle

2:20pm - Top Novices' Hurdle

2:50pm - Mildmay Novices' Chase

3:25pm - Melling Chase

4:05pm - Topham Handicap Chase

4:40pm - Sefton Novices' Hurdle

5:15pm - Weatherbys National Hunt Flat Race

Grand National Runners

2019 Melling Chase Odds

Waiting Patiently B Hughes / Ruth Jefferson 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Min R Walsh / W P Mullins 5/2 5/2 5/2 5/2 5/2 11/4 5/2 11/4
Politologue Harry Cobden / P F Nicholls 5/2 11/4 11/4 5/2 11/4 11/4 11/4 5/2
Top Notch D A Jacob / N J Henderson 10 10 10 10 10 11 10 10
Hells Kitchen B J Geraghty / H Fry 14 14 14 14 14 12 14 12
Gods Own P J Brennan / T R George 25 22 22 25 22 25 22 25
Woodland Opera R M Power / Mrs J Harrington 66 66 66 66 66 66 66 66
Each Way Terms 2
1/4
2
1/4
- 2
1/4
2
1/4
2
1/3
2
1/4
2
1/4

2019 Melling Chase Odds

BEST ODDS
1. Waiting Patiently B Hughes / Ruth Jefferson
2
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2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2. Min R Walsh / W P Mullins
11/4
FREE BET ODDS
11/4
11/4
5/2
5/2
5/2
5/2
5/2
3. Politologue Harry Cobden / P F Nicholls
11/4
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11/4
11/4
11/4
11/4
5/2
5/2
5/2
4. Top Notch D A Jacob / N J Henderson
11
FREE BET ODDS
11
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
5. Hells Kitchen B J Geraghty / H Fry
14
FREE BET ODDS
14
14
14
14
14
14
12
12
6. Gods Own P J Brennan / T R George
25
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25
25
25
25
22
22
22
22
7. Woodland Opera R M Power / Mrs J Harrington
66
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66
66
66
66
66
66
66
66
Odds correct as of 11th Apr, 15:47 . Odds are subject to change.
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