Aintree Tips – Best Bets for every meeting at Aintree

Tiger Roll ridden by Jockey Davy Russell (right) on the way to winning the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase during Grand National Day of the 2019 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse.Tiger Roll ridden by Jockey Davy Russell (right) on the way to winning the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase during Grand National Day of the 2019 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse.

Aintree Betting Tips

Grand National Tips

The next big event at Aintree is the 2021 Grand National meeting. The three-day Festival runs from Thursday 8th April to Saturday 10th April. The climax of the week is the big race itself on Saturday. With the 2020 race having been lost to the pandemic, there will be even greater anticipation ahead of the 2021 renewal. 

Tiger Roll was denied the chance to equal Red Rum’s three Grand National victories but could still be a contender at the age of eleven. Connections dismissed talk of retirement after their stable star was pulled up at Cheltenham in November. Any Second Now (Ted Walsh) and Burrows Saint (Willie Mullins) were also prominent in the Grand National betting prior to the 2020 abandonment and are likely to be aimed at the race by their respective trainers.

2019 Welsh Grand National winner Potters Corner is on course for Aintree. He “won” the virtual Grand National staged by ITV and will be trying to turn dreams into reality. Owner Trevor Hemmings has won the big race with Hedgehunter (2005), Ballabriggs (2011) and Many Clouds (2015). He has another high profile contender with easy Ladbrokes Trophy winner Cloth Cap. That looked a very informative trial with runner-up Aye Right and third-placed The Conditional also prominent in the Grand National odds.

Aintree Racecourse Guide

Aintree Hurdle

Aintree is one of the flattest tracks in the country for National Hunt racing. It is quite a sharp track and provides a very different test to Cheltenham’s undulations, particularly on good ground. When the ground rides soft, the course can prove to be a real stamina test.

Aintree Chase (Mildmay course)

Most chases at Aintree take place over the Mildmay course which has regular birch fences. It is a sharper track than the Grand National course and suits strong-travelling types who like to race up with the pace. The feature races over the Mildmay fences at the festival are the Grade 1 Betway Bowl and Melling Chase. The Mildmay also hosts the Old Roan Chase (October) and the Many Clouds Chase (December).

Aintree Chase (Grand National course)

The Grand National course is famous for its big spruce fences but only hosts five races each season. The National is over two circuits of the triangular course which features obstacles which have become household names including The Chair and Becher’s Brook. The outcome of the race can also change dramatically on the 494-yard run-in.

Besides the Grand National, the festival meeting also features the Topham Chase and the Foxhunter Chase over the National course. The other races over the famous fences are the Grand Sefton Chase and the Becher Chase, both held at the December meeting.

Aintree Racing Calendar

Grand National

The Grand National is the most famous horse race in the world and takes place in early April. It is also the richest steeplechase in Europe with total prize money of £1 million and is the climax of the 3-day Grand National Festival.

The first official Grand National was won by the aptly-named Lottery in 1839. The 1956 Grand National saw The Queen Mother’s Devon Loch inexplicably sprawl to a halt with the race at his mercy, allowing E.S.B. to gallop past to victory. Foinavon’s 100-1 shock win in 1967 resulted from a multi-horse pile-up at the 23rd fence which now carries the winner’s name.

Red Rum etched his way into racing folklore with his three Grand National wins (1973, 1974, 1977). His first remains the most memorable after he reeled in the gallant Crisp on the run-in. Other memorable Grand National winners include Aldaniti (1981), West Tip (1986) and Party Politics (1992).

Grand National Meeting Day 1

Form at the Cheltenham Festival in March dominates the Aintree betting throughout the Grand National meeting. Day one includes four Grade 1 races; The Manifesto Novices’ Chase, Doom Bar Anniversary Juvenile Hurdle, Aintree Hurdle and Betway Bowl. All four winners in 2019 had raced at Cheltenham last time out. The first race of the year over the Grand National fences is the Foxhunters’ Chase for Amateur riders.

Grand National Meeting Day 2

The second day of the Grand National Festival is known as Ladies’ Day and features the Grade 1 Melling Chase over two and a half miles. This race attracts runners from the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham. Other key races include the Grade 1 Top Novices’ Hurdle, the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle and the Mildmay Novices’ Chase. The Topham Chase provides the day’s action over the big Grand National fences.

Grand National Meeting Day 3

The Grand National is the highlight of the National Hunt season with 40 runners tackling 30 fences over an extended four and a quarter miles. There are three Grade 1 races on the Saturday; The Mersey Novices’ Hurdle, the Maghull Novices’ Chase and the Liverpool Hurdle.

Betway Bowl

The Betway Bowl is a Grade 1 chase over an extended three miles and is the feature race on day 1 of the Grand National meeting. It often attracts horses that ran in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Silviniaco Conti (2014, 2015) became the fourth dual winner of the Bowl with other notable winners including Desert Orchid (1988), See More Business (2000) and Cue Card (2016).

Aintree Hurdle

The Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle has taken place on the opening day of the Grand National meeting since 2013. The two and a half mile contest often features horses who ran in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. There have been several multiple winners, the most successful being Morley Street who won the race for four successive seasons from 1990 to 1993. 

Melling Chase

The Grade 1 Melling Chase is over two and a half miles. In 2019, Min defeated Politologue with the two horses winning the 2020 Ryanair Chase and Champion Chase respectively. There have been five dual winners including Viking Flagship (1995, 1996) and Moscow Flyer (2004, 2005).

Liverpool Hurdle

The Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle is the top staying hurdle at the Grand National meeting over an extended three miles. Big Buck’s dominated this race with four consecutive victories between 2009 and 2012. The Paul Nicholls-trained gelding had previously won the Grade 1 Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on all four occasions.

Old Roan Chase

The Grade 2 Old Roan Chase over two and a half miles takes place at the October meeting. The title includes the name of popular three-time winner Monet’s Garden (2007, 2009 and 2010). Other notable winners include Kauto Star (2006) and Frodon (2018).

Becher Chase Day

Becher Chase day takes place in early December and features two races over the Grand National fences.

Becher Chase

The Becher Chase was introduced in 1992 and provides the opportunity for horses to gain experience over the Grand National fences. No horse has won the Becher and the Grand National in the same season, although Earth Summit (1998), Amberleigh House (2001) and Silver Birch (2004) all won here after winning the big race.

Grand Sefton Chase

The Grand Sefton is also run over the National course but is around half a mile shorter than the Becher. Paul Nicholls trained the winner three times in a six-year period with Rebel Rebellion (2013), As De Mee (2016) and Warriors Tale (2018).

Many Clouds Chase

The Grade 2 Many Clouds Chase is named after the 2015 Grand National winner and takes place over an extended three miles. Many Clouds won this race in 2016 and the race now serves as a trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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Follow Cheltenham form at Aintree

The Cheltenham Festival provides the key form guide for many of the races at the Grand National meeting. It pays to look for horses who were unlucky at Cheltenham or perhaps did not have their favoured ground conditions.

Aintree special offers for new customers 

The Grand National is the biggest betting race of the year and bookmakers are keen to attract new customers throughout the meeting. Offers will include enhanced odds on the favourites for big races, available to limited stakes for new customers only.

Check the going for your Grand National bets

A key factor to consider for your Grand National Tips is the going. Very few horses stay beyond four miles and soft ground puts an even greater emphasis on stamina. The entry rules have been changed in recent years to try to eliminate non-stayers but you can expect soft ground horses to shorten in price if the rain arrives.

Grand National each-way offers

There are some fantastic each-way offers for your Grand National bets. Bookmakers will pay out on each-way down to sixth or even seventh place. Check with your bookmaker when placing your bets.


When do you release Aintree tips?

Aintree tips are released the day before racing. For big races such as the Grand National, ante-post tips are also published in the build-up to the event.

When do we release today’s Aintree Tips?

Today’s Aintree tips are released as soon as our experts have had time to study the 48-hour declarations, typically the day before racing.

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What date is the Grand National 2021?

The Grand National 2021 takes place on Saturday April 10th.

Will Aintree have a crowd in 2021?

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