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.


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 Fitzgerald
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Upcoming races
11:45 William Hill Extra Place Races Daily Novices' Hurdle
GBB Race
2m 1f | Class 3 | 4YO plus | 6 ran
  • Winner: Straw Fan Jack 15/2
  • Jockey: R Johnson Trainer: Sheila Lewis
  • Owner: Mr Graham Wilson
12:20 Follow WillHillRacing On Twitter Handicap Chase
2m 4f | Class 3 | 4YO plus | 13 ran
  • Winner: Clan Legend 12/1
  • Jockey: Danny McMenamin Trainer: N W Alexander
  • Owner: Clan Gathering
12:55 William Hill Play Responsibly Handicap Hurdle
GBB Race
2m 4f | Class 2 | 4YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Kateson 5/1 J2Fav
  • Jockey: T Scudamore Trainer: Tom Lacey
  • Owner: Dmrichardsrobertschurchwardw-williams
13:30 William Hill Becher Handicap Chase
Grade 3 | National Course | GBB Race
3m 2f | Class 1 | 6YO plus | 14 ran
  • Winner: Vieux Lion Rouge 12/1
  • Jockey: C O'Farrell Trainer: D Pipe
  • Owner: Prof Caroline Tisdall & Mr John Gent
14:05 Best Odds Guaranteed Fillies' Juvenile Hurdle
GBB Race
Listed | 2m 1f | Class 1 | 3YO only | 11 ran
  • Winner: Talking About You 14/1
  • Jockey: Harry Bannister Trainer: S Curran
  • Owner: Mr Ian M McGready
14:40 William Hill Many Clouds Chase
Grade 2 | GBB Race
3m 1f | Class 1 | 4YO plus | 5 ran
  • Winner: Lake View Lad 16/1
  • Jockey: B S Hughes Trainer: N W Alexander
  • Owner: Mr Trevor Hemmings
15:15 William Hill Grand Sefton Handicap Chase
National Course | GBB Race
2m 5f | Class 2 | 6YO plus | 18 ran
  • Winner: Beau Bay 20/1
  • Jockey: Charlie Hammond Trainer: Dr R D P Newland
  • Owner: Mr Peter Green & Dr Rdp Newland

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Aintree Racecourse
Ormskirk Road
L9 5AS
0151 523 2600

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