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Grand National Festival Day 2 Review: Fakir D’oudairies thunders home in the Marsh Melling Chase

Joseph O’Brien’s talented chaser landed his second career Grade 1 success in style on the second day of the Grand National Festival



Fakir D'oudairies runs at Aintree in 2019

Fakir D’oudairies brought an end to his constant confinement to second place, after winning in emphatic style in Friday’s feature race of the Grand National Festival.

The six-year-old pushed into the lead at three out, fighting off the challenges of Politologue and Nuts Well before readily running clear of the pair.

Joseph O’Brien’s gelding blitzed clear in the home straight, eventually winning by 11 lengths.

Nuts Well stayed on well to claim second while Itchy Feet made eye-catching late progress to snatch third.

Chantry House followed up his Cheltenham Festival victory with another Grade 1 success when he was left to his own devices in the Mildmay Novices’ Chase.

Chantry House and Nico De Boinville jump the last in the Marsh Novices' Chase at Cheltenham
Chantry House landed back-to-back Grade 1 victories for the first time in his career

Nicky Henderson’s improving sort was two lengths behind Espoir De Romay when approaching the second last, but Kim Bailey’s gelding took a tumbling fall and left the seven-year-old well clear of the remaining contenders.

Dan Skelton’s Shan Blue finished 32 lengths behind Chantry House in second, with Fiddlerontheroof taking third.

Belfast Banter also followed up his Festival success with an impressive performance on his Grade 1 debut, winning the Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle.


Peter Fahey’s talented youngster cantered his way through the field in the closing stages, pushing his way past long-time leader For Pleasure and the challenging Dusart.

Kevin Sexton asked for more from the six-year-old and he gamely responded, staying on well to win by a length and a quarter. Do Your Job kept on to land second, with favourite Dusart taking third.

66/1 shot Ahoy Senor caused a major upset in the final Grade 1 event of the day, making all in the Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle.

WATCH: Ahoy senor makes all in the doom bar sefton novices’ hurdle for lucinda russell [credit: racing tv]

Lucinda Russell’s six-year-old produced a gutsy performance to fight off Paul Nicholls’ future star Bravesmangame in the closing stages, bolting clear in the home straight to claim success by seven lengths.

The only Irish-trained contender in the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle went on to win the contest, with Denise Foster’s Tronador outrunning his odds of 22/1.

The five-year-old made headway before the last fence, jumping into the lead ahead of the drifting Kateson.

Jack Kennedy put his foot on the gas in the home straight, with the gelding responding to land victory by two and a half lengths.

Dans Le Vent made up late ground to claim second, while Edwardstone just finished ahead of Mister Coffey for third.

Livelovelaugh produced a bold effort to win the Topham Handicap Chase, while Rowland Ward snatched victory on the line in the Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.