Another cracking week of horse racing action is in prospect with the Aintree Grand National Festival and the world’s most famous steeplechase going to post on Saturday.
Throughout the 3-day Festival, which gets underway on Thursday, there will be plentiful Grade One action where some of the stars of the Cheltenham Festival will be on show. Elsewhere, there is Group Three action in Ireland on both Saturday and Sunday.
MONDAY 3 APRIL
Grand National week kicks off on Monday with a three-fixture programme of jumps racing action, where there are fixtures going to post at Huntingdon and Kelso, as well as from Ludlow.
In all, 21 races will take place across the day’s trio of racecards as thoughts turn to later in the week and the world’s most famous steeplechase taking place on Saturday.
Ludlow (jumps) – 2.00 – 5.30pm (8 races)
Kelso (jumps) – 2.10 – 4.40pm (6 races)
Huntingdon (jumps) – 2.20 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Huntingdon is one of three Monday meetings.
TUESDAY 4 APRIL
Only two fixtures go to post on Tuesday following the loss of Newton Abbot’s planned jumps card, which leaves just meetings taking place over the sticks at Kempton; and also on the all-weather at Southwell where there is a flat racing card on the fibresand.
Kempton (jumps) – 2.00 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Southwell (flat, aw) – 2.10 – 5.55pm (8 races)
Newton Abbot (ABANDONED)
WEDNESDAY 5 APRIL
Wednesday’s fixture list takes in five meetings across the UK and Ireland, and there is jumps racing action from the cards at Carlisle and Wincanton; while on the flat they go at Wolverhampton on the all-weather, and Leopardstown in Ireland.
In the evening there is a fixture on the polytrack at Kempton to round off the day’s horse racing.
Wincanton (jumps) – 1.50 – 4.55pm (7 races)
Carlisle (jumps) – 2.00 – 4.35pm (6 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 2.10 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Leopardstown (flat) – 3.30 – 6.30pm (7 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 5.45 – 9.15pm (8 races)
THURSDAY 6 APRIL
Five meetings go to post on Thursday, headed by the first of three days’ top quality racing at Aintree for the Grand National Festival meeting.
The classy fixture is joined over the sticks on Thursday by Taunton, and also Limerick in Ireland; while on the all-weather there is an afternoon card on the fibresand at Southwell, and Chelmsford in the evening on polytrack.
Aintree (jumps) – 1.45 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Southwell (flat, aw) – 1.55 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Limerick (jumps) – 2.00 – 5.30pm (7 races)
Taunton (jumps) – 2.10 – 5.35pm (7 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 5.45 – 8.45pm (7 races)
Taunton race on Thursday.
FRIDAY 7 APRIL
Six fixtures are scheduled to take place on Friday, and there is jumps racing action from Sedgefield and Aintree, where the second day of the Grand National Festival meeting goes to post.
Elsewhere, there is racing on the flat from Leicester; while in the evening there is further all-weather action from Kempton and also Dundalk in Ireland.
Completing the day’s fixtures is an evening jumps racing card on turf at Wexford.
Aintree (jumps) – 1.40 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Leicester (flat) – 2.00 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Sedgefield (jumps) – 2.10 – 5.30pm (7 races)
Wexford (jumps) – 4.35 – 7.35pm (7 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 5.45 – 8.45pm (7 races)
Dundalk (flat, aw) – 5.55 – 8.55pm (7 races)
SATURDAY 8 APRIL
The big race of the day, the Grand National takes centre stage on the third and final day of Aintree; and the action at the Liverpool venue is just one of the six scheduled meetings that will go to post.
In addition to racing at Aintree, there are further jumps racing meetings at Newcastle and Chepstow; while on the all-weather they race at Lingfield in the afternoon, and Wolverhampton in the evening.
Completing the day’s horse racing fixture list is Leopardstown’s flat racing meeting on turf, where there is Group Three action on the card with the Ballysax Stakes and the 1000 Guineas Trial both on the racecard.
Aintree (jumps) – 1.45 – 6.15pm (7 races)
Leopardstown (flat) – 1.50 – 5.05pm (7 races)
Lingfield (flat, aw) – 2.00 – 5.40pm (7 races)
Newcastle (jumps) – 2.05 – 5.45pm (7 races)
Chepstow (jumps) – 2.15 – 6.05pm (7 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 6.20 – 9.20pm (7 races)
Which horse will be the latest to carve their name on the Grand National roll-of-honour?
SUNDAY 9 APRIL
The week rounds off with a four-fixture line-up of horse racing action which takes in afternoon jumps racing from Market Rasen and Ffos Las; while Tramore in Ireland are also racing over the sticks.
Completing the day’s fixture-list is Naas, where they go on the flat with a pair of Group Three contests in the Alleged Stakes and Gladness Stakes on their racecard in Ireland.
Naas (flat) – 1.55 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Market Rasen (jumps) – 2.00 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Tramore (jumps) – 2.05 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Ffos Las (jumps) – 2.15 – 5.30pm (7 races)