Hosted by Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool on The Merseyside, The Grand National Steeple Chase is arguably the most prestigious race on the National Hunt calendar.
If you’re a fan of the elite horse racing that takes place during The Grand National Festival, then great news – there are four other meetings at Aintree over the National Hunt season, each as marvellous as the last.
Anticipation seldom reaches boiling point as each meeting takes place within just enough time of the last to ensure patience is not lost and the adrenaline rush can resume.
Taking place on various days of the week at alternative points of the day, Aintree assures all horse racing fans can witness these incredible races at some point over the Aintree racing calendar, whether it’s on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, an evening or a Sunday afternoon.
The majority of race cards for the meetings at Aintree consist of seven races, the perfect number to satisfy the cravings of horse racing enthusiasts but have them crawling back for more by the time the next meeting arrives.
Grand National Race Calendar
One of the most highly anticipated meetings of the year, The Grand National Festival at Aintree is a three-day National Hunt meeting that offers a total of 21 races split into three seven-race cards including a championship race on each day.
Around 225,000 spectators gather at Aintree to witness the thrilling races and bask in the electrifying atmosphere as the elite participants thunder around the three racetracks in Merseyside.
Here are the racecards for each day of The Grand National Festival which will take place from Thursday the 8th until Saturday the 10th of April 2021:
Day One – Randox Liverpool’s NHS Day – Thursday the 8th of April 2021
13:45 – The Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)
14:20 – The Doom Bar Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1)
14:50 – The Betway Bowl Steeple Chase (Grade 1)
15:25 – The Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1)
16:05 – The Rose Paterson Randox Health Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase (Class 2)
16:40 – The Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase (Grade 3)
17:15 – The Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat (Grade 2)
Day Two – Randox Ladies Day – Wednesday the 9th of April 2021
13:45 – The Orrell Park Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
14:20 – The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
14:50 – The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)
15:25 – The Marsh Steeple Chase (Registered as the Melling) (Grade 1)
16:05 – The Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase (Grade 3)
16:40 – The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
17:15 – The Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle (cond’ and amat’) (Class 2)
Day Three – Randox Grand National Day – Saturday the 10th of April 2021
13:45 – The Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
14:25 – The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
15:00 – The Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)
15:40 – The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle (Registered as the Liverpool Hurdle) (Grade 1)
16:20 – The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase (Listed)
17:15 – The Randox Health Grand National Steeple Chase (Grade 3)
18:20 – The Weatherbys Racing Bank Standard Open NH Flat (Grade 2)
Evening Racing Race Calendar
Aintree’s evening of extraordinary National Hunt racing is scheduled to take place on Friday the 14th of May. This will be the final National Hunt meeting held at Aintree Racecourse before the summer break.
A warm Spring Friday evening in May sets the scene for a magical evening of fantastic races. A seven-race card offers a variety of race types including hurdles, steeplechases and a National Hunt flat race to cap it all off.
Here’s the racecard for Aintree’s Evening Racing on Friday the 14th of May 2021:
17:35 – The Join Racing TV Now Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Class 4)
18:10 – The racingtv.com Handicap Chase (Class 3)
18:40 – The Follow RacingTV On Twitter Handicap Hurdle (Class 2)
19:10 – Madness Playing At Aintree Novices’ Hurdle (Class 4)
19:45 – The Cleanevent Handicap Chase (Class 2)
20:20 – Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Hurdle (Class 3)
20:50 – The Goffs UK Spring Sale Point-To-Point Bumper Standard National Hunt Flat Race (Amateur Riders) (Class 3)
Afternoon Racing Race Calendar
After roughly 5 months without National Hunt horse racing at Aintree, the gates finally swing back open to welcome the hordes for The Afternoon Racing in October.
There are seven races to contend during this magnificent Sunday afternoon at Aintree consisting of a variety of race types and classes to ensure everybody’s racing taste buds are tantalised.
Scheduled for Sunday the 24th of October 2021, here’s the seven-race card for Aintree’s Afternoon Racing:
12:47 – The Join Racing TV Now Maiden Hurdle (Class 4)
13:22 – The Every Race Live on Racing TV Veterans’ Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 2)
13:57 – The Monet’s Garden Old Roan Steeple Chase (Grade 2) (Class 1)
14:32 – The Watch Racing Replays at racingtv.com Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (Class 3)
15:07 – The Watch On Racing TV Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (Class 3)
15:42 – The arenagroup.com Handicap Hurdle (Class 2)
16:17 – The Visit racingtv.com EBF Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Class 4)
Autumn Racing Race Calendar
Aintree Racecourse regulars don’t have very long to wait for the next meeting after The Afternoon Racing, with The William Hill Autumn Racing following just a few weeks later.
The William Hill Autumn Racing offers a comprehensive day of jump racing at the beginning of November every year, with seven wonderful races squeezed into a single exhilarating afternoon on Saturday the 6th of November 2021.
12:25 – The William Hill Extra Places Every Day E.B.F. ‘NH’ Novices’ Hurdle (Class 4)
13:00 – The William Hill Play Responsibly Novices’ Limited Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 3)
13:35 – The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 2)
14:10 – The Follow @WillHillRacing on Twitter Steeple Chase (Class 2)
14:40 – The WilliamHill.com Best Odds Guaranteed Hurdle Race (Class 2)
15:20 – The William Hill Lengthen #YourOdds Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 3)
15:50 – The William Hill Betting TV ‘Junior’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Class 4)
Becher Chase Race Calendar
The final National Hunt meeting held at Aintree in the calendar year is The William Hill Becher Chase which is scheduled to unfold on Saturday the 4th of December 2021.
Within this meeting’s seven-race card The Becher Chase takes place, which acts as an early-season trial run of The Grand National itself for horse owners, trainers and jockeys to get a feel for how their horses may perform on the big day.
Excitement levels for The Grand National begin to rise at The Becher Chase race day, with all roads now leading to The Grand National Steeple Chase in April.
Here’s The William Hill Becher Chase race day schedule:
11:45 – The William Hill Extra Place Races Every Day Novices’ Hurdle (Class 3)
12:20 – The Follow @WillHillRacing on Twitter Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 3) 0-135 (Qualifier)
12:55 – The William Hill Play Responsibly Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 2)
13:30 – The William Hill Becher Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 1) (Grade 3)
14:05 – The WilliamHill.com Best Odds Guaranteed Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle Race (Class 2) (Listed)
14:40 – The William Hill Many Clouds Steeple Chase (Class 1) (Grade 2)
15:15 – The William Hill Grand Sefton Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 2)