The Grand National Festival kicked off on Thursday with three days of racing leading up to the main event on Saturday at 5.15pm. The opening day saw a host of top horses in action, including back-to-back Grand National winner Tiger Roll.
Tiger Roll was placed into the 14:50 Betway Bowl Steeple Chase, a Grade One event, instead of this weekend’s Grand National.
Owner Michael O’Leary and his brother Eddie admitted pre-race that they were no longer convinced that their five-time Cheltenham Festival winner can still do the business.
“If he wins, we will be very pleasantly surprised, but everyone knows why he’s here,” Eddie said.
“He’s doing his very best but I assume he will be reassessed by the handicapper afterwards.”
And they were right to be cautious as Clan Des Obeaux won with Tiger Roll fourth.
You can recap the rest of day one’s results with Express Sport below.
Grand National Festival results – Day one
13:45 – SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices’ Chase
2) The Shunter
3) The Hitman
14:20 The Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle Race
14:50 The Betway Bowl Steeple Chase
1) Clan Des Obeaux
2) Clondaw Castle
3) Native River
15:25 The Betway Aintree Hurdle Race
3) Millers Bank
16:05 The Rose Paterson Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase
1) Cousin Pascal
3) Cat Tiger
16:40 The Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase
1) Editeur Du Gite
2) Sully D’Oc Aa
3) Dostal Phil
17:15 Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat
1) Me Too Please
2) Elle Est Belle
3) Miss Lamb