Aintree gears up for day two of the Grand National Festival

The second day of the Grand National Festival takes place on Friday

The action on the track begins at 1:45 p.m. and ends at 5:15 p.m.

We’ve previewed the action with our race-by-race guide, with showers expected on the track. Today’s tips are courtesy of RacingStars the home of the one million pound grand national day challenge

1:45 p.m. Handicap Hurdle (2m 4f)

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A typically ultra-competitive course of this event. Defending champion Tronador is deeply respected with the ultra-progressive Cobblers Dream. However, Langer Dan was well liked for the Martin Pipe at the Cheltenham Festival before he was knocked down and he gets the vote here.

2:20 p.m. Hurdle Top Novices (2m)

El Fabiolo is a fascinating runner for Willie Mullins having landed a Tramore event earlier this term, while No Risk won the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton in February. However, the preference goes to Jonbon. The six-year-old was a close second to stablemate Constitution Hill in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and a duplicate of that effort would make him tough to beat.

2:55 p.m. Mildmay Novice Race (3m)

Just the four riders but a race to savor with Ahoy Senor, Bravemansgame, Fury Road and L’Homme Presse going head-to-head. L’Homme Presse were brilliant winners of the Marsh Novices’ Chase beating Ahoy Senor at the Cheltenham Festival and the pair command serious respect with Ireland’s only challenger Fury Road. However, the preference goes to the undefeated Bravemansgame who retired late from the Marsh Chase in Cheltenham and therefore comes back fresh in this race. He is taken to come out on top.

3:30 p.m. Marsh Chase (2m 4f)

Tightrope walker Sivola is highly respected after his excellent second in the Champion Chase, while course markers Allmankind and Editeur Du Gite are others worth mentioning along with the prolific winner Sceau Royal. However, Fakir D’oudairies won this race in style last year and it seems telling that relations have decided to bypass Cheltenham in favor of this event.

Selection: Fakir D’oudairies

4:05 p.m. Topham Handicap Chase (2m 5f)

Mister Coffey rode a promising run in defeat at the Cheltenham Festival and must be respected with Five Star Getaway. Both Killer Clown and Royal Rendezvous have seen success lately and deserve attention with Royal Rendezvous. However, Notebook looks like a fascinating runner for Rachael Blackmore and Henry De Bromhead. The nine-year-old is a former first-year goalscorer and he could well pass that unique test on the Grand National fences.

4.40pm Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (3m)

Banbridge won the Martin Pipe at the Cheltenham Festival and is respected with unexposed Gelino Bello. Harry Redknapp is represented by Bowtogreatness which has improved all season, while Stag Horn tries to find his way back to winning ways after being pulled up in the Albert Bartlett. However, Skytastic was kept fresh for this mission and he won in style play at Ascot last time out. He looks like a fascinating player here.

5:15 p.m. Handicap Hurdle (2m)

Faivoir brings solid form to the table and is respected with last time scorers Washington, Homme Public and Mandarin Monarch. However, Whiz Kid is completely unexposed after just three hurdle starts and has won in style each time. He looks interesting on his handicap debut on a 125 rating in the final

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