On this day in 2018, the late Finian’s Oscar landed a second win at the Grand National Festival under Robbie Power when taking the Manifesto Novices’ Chase for Colin Tizzard.
A year on from his Mersey victory over hurdles, the son of Oscar secured a second Grade 1 victory in Liverpool when seeing off the Dan Skelton trained Rene’s Girl in the opening contest of the Festival’s renewal.
He had finished fifth in the Marsh (previously JLT) Novices’ Chase on his previous start at the Cheltenham Festival but went four places better in the north-west under regular pilot Power, who had steered him to success twelve months prior.
This would prove to be the gelding’s penultimate career start, as he was helplessly carried out on his final run at Punchestown later that month.
He would be one of four beaten Cheltenham Festival horses to exact redemption from their Prestbury Park defeats on the day, with Gold Cup second Might Bite, Stayers’ Hurdle eighth L’ami Serge, and Foxhunter eighth Balnaslow also registering victories on the Thursday.