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ON THIS DAY: Finian’s Oscar completes Grand National Festival double

The late Finian’s Oscar landed a second Grand National Festival win on this day three years ago



Horse Racing - Grand National Festival - Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, Britain - April 12, 2018 Finian's Oscar ridden by R M Power in action before winning the 13:45 Big Buck's Celebration Manifesto Novices' Chase Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Ch

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.

Might Bite ridden by Nico de Boinville jumps the last prior to winning the Betway Bowl Chase during day one of the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool.
Fellow beaten Cheltenham Festival contender Might Bite would also redeem himself at the Grand National Festival

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.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.