Aintree Course Guide

Home to the world-famous Grand National, Aintree’s three-day April Festival is one of the highlights in the National Hunt calendar which stands second only to Cheltenham in terms of importance in the UK. Aside from the marathon steeplechase, highlights at the meeting include the Aintree Hurdle, Liverpool Hurdle, Bowl Chase and Melling Chase – all Grade 1 races – plus the Fox Hunters Chase and Topham Chase, both of which are run over the big spruce fences.

Aintree also stages two important meetings in the first half of the season; the early November fixture features the Old Roan Chase – a Grade 2 contest over two and a half miles – whilst the December meeting features the Becher Chase and Grand Sefton Chase, a once-a-year opportunity to watch two races over the National fences in a single afternoon.

Jumps Racing

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The Grand National course is triangular with its apex (at the Canal Turn) the furthest point from the stands. Inside is the easier Mildmay course which has birch fences. A major feature of the Mildmay course is its sharpness and the fences there are stiffer than used to be the case. The Grand National is run over two complete circuits taking in sixteen spruce fences first time round and fourteen the second and still provides one of the toughest tests ever devised for horse and rider. The run in is 494 yards long and includes an elbow.

Even though it’s flat, it can be very testing for a horse, so you need one that can travel. The winner is almost always still on the bridle leaving the back straight - take a look at some old tapes if you want proof - and those that aren’t really struggle to get home. It’s a long, long way from the home turn to the line and a very long run-in, so you need to have a bit of horse left under you all the way up the home straight to have any chance. As a general rule, it’s the horses that can get into a rhythm, racing nicely on the bridle, who do best at Aintree.

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17:45 Betfred Tv Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 4f)
Light blue, red sleeves, light blue armlets, white cap (Mr C B Compton & Mrs Karen Bowen)
  • Winner: Atomic Rumble
  • Jockey: James Bowen
  • Trainer: P Bowen
  • Owner: Mr C B Compton & Mrs Karen Bowen

18:15 Betfred 'supports Jack Berry House' Juvenile Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 103y)
Emerald green, dark green sleeves, dark green and emerald green quartered cap (Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede)
  • Winner: Cracker Factory
  • Jockey: D A Jacob
  • Trainer: A King
  • Owner: Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede

18:50 Betfred 'treble Odds On Lucky 15' Handicap Chase

(Class 3) (3m 210y)
Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves (Paul & Clare Rooney)
  • Winner: Ballyboker Breeze
  • Jockey: Ryan Day
  • Trainer: N G Richards
  • Owner: Paul & Clare Rooney

19:20 Merseyrail Handicap Hurdle

(Class 3) (2m 103y)
Violet, white cap (Mr Carl Hinchy)
  • Winner: Cause Toujours
  • Jockey: T J O'Brien
  • Trainer: Ian Williams
  • Owner: Mr Carl Hinchy

19:55 Inkerman London Handicap Chase

(Class 3) (1m 7f 176y)
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap (Mr John P McManus)
  • Winner: Champagne At Tara
  • Jockey: B J Geraghty
  • Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill
  • Owner: Mr John P McManus

20:25 Betfred 'don't Pay The Penalty' Mares' Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (3m 149y)
Light green, purple star, chevrons on sleeves, light green cap, purple star (Mr Brian Castle)
  • Winner: Final Reminder
  • Jockey: Lucy Alexander
  • Trainer: N W Alexander
  • Owner: Mr Brian Castle

20:55 Betfred 'follow Us On Twitter' Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 4f)
Royal blue, yellow striped sleeves, royal blue cap, yellow star (Mr & Mrs W J Williams)
  • Winner: High Jinx
  • Jockey: C R King
  • Trainer: T D Easterby
  • Owner: Mr & Mrs W J Williams

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Aintree Racecourse
Ormskirk Road
L9 5AS
0151 523 2600

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