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.

View from the saddle: Mick FitzgeraldMick Fitzgerald


11:55 Free Spins At 188bet Casino Novices' Hurdle

(Class 3) (2m 209y)
Royal blue, pink hoops, armlets and cap (Mrs Johnny De La Hey)
  • Winner: Mont Des Avaloirs
  • Jockey: Sean Bowen
  • Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: Mrs Johnny De La Hey

12:25 Premier League Derby Betting At 188Bet Handicap Chase (Qualifier)

(Class 3) (2m 3f 200y)
White, red chevron, emerald green and red striped sleeves, red cap (Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar)
  • Winner: Play The Ace
  • Jockey: Sean Bowen
  • Trainer: P Bowen
  • Owner: Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar

12:55 Bet 10 Get 20 At 188bet Handicap Hurdle

(Class 2) (2m 4f)
Yellow, light blue sleeves, yellow armlets and star on light blue cap (The Mount Fawcus Partnership)
  • Winner: Black Ivory
  • Jockey: B Hughes
  • Trainer: J M Jefferson
  • Owner: The Mount Fawcus Partnership

13:30 Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (National Course)

(Class 1) (3m 1f 188y)
Red, white star, red sleeves, black stars, white cap, red star (S Such & Cg Paletta)
  • Winner: Blaklion
  • Jockey: G Sheehan
  • Trainer: N A Twiston-Davies
  • Owner: S Such & Cg Paletta

14:05 Download The App At 188Bet Fillies' Juvenile Hurdle (Listed)

(Class 1) (2m 209y)
Grey, mauve diamond and sleeves (N Kirkwood)
  • Winner: Famous Milly
  • Jockey: R T Dunne
  • Trainer: G P Cromwell
  • Owner: N Kirkwood

14:35 Many Clouds Chase (Grade 2)

(Class 1) (3m 210y)
Light green, dark green chevrons, red sleeves, white and red striped cap (Mr P J Martin)
  • Winner: Definitly Red
  • Jockey: Danny Cook
  • Trainer: B Ellison
  • Owner: Mr P J Martin

15:10 188Bet Grand Sefton Handicap Chase (National Course)

(Class 2) (2m 5f 19y)
Purple, orange triple diamond and diamond on cap (The Three Graces)
  • Winner: Gas Line Boy
  • Jockey: R T Dunne
  • Trainer: Ian Williams
  • Owner: The Three Graces

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Aintree Racecourse
Ormskirk Road
L9 5AS
0151 523 2600

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