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The Arena Group Handicap Hurdle

The arena group Handicap Hurdle is the sixth race that takes place at Aintree’s Afternoon Racing Meeting every Autumn.

Aintree Racecourse, near Liverpool in Merseyside, is the host venue of The Afternoon Racing Meeting, which attracts crowds of up to 75,000 spectators every October to witness its excellent seven-race card.

Offering a mixture of hurdle races, steeplechases and a flat race, The Afternoon Racing is the perfect place to be on a Sunday afternoon in October, watching incredible National Hunt races including the featured race of the day: The Monet’s Garden Old Roan Steeple Chase.

This year’s edition of The Aintree Afternoon Racing will take place on Sunday the 25th of October 2021. For all of The Aintree Afternoon Meeting’s news and ticket information, sign up for The Jockey Club’s newsletter at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newsletter/.

About The Race

The arena group Handicap Hurdle is a Class 2 National Hunt handicap hurdle race that serves as the penultimate race of The Afternoon Racing at Aintree Racecourse every October.

Open to horses aged four years old and above, The arena group Handicap Hurdle runs 2 miles and 4 furlongs of The Mildmay Course at Aintree and consists of a number of hurdles along its route.

A generous £22,000 sum is added to the purse of this race annually, which has the following amounts assigned to each placement position:

1st place – 6/1 Jacamar (GER) – £13,763

2nd place – 9/2 Strong Glance (GB) – £4,066

3rd place – 18/1 Sir Ivan (GB) – £2,033

4th place – 11/1 Mohaayed (GB) – £1,016

The arena group Handicap Hurdle is scheduled to commence at 15:42 on Sunday the 24th of October 2021.

Runners

There’s usually a medium to large-sized field of runners that take part in The arena group Handicap Hurdle, many of which have already proven themselves in more prestigious races at the likes of The Grand National Festival and The Cheltenham Festival.

Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race on Aintree’s Afternoon Racing at Aintree Racecourse last time out in 2020 (ordered by saddlecloth number):

  1. Voix Du Reve (FR) – twelfth-place finish – 50/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Conor O’Farrell and trained by Iain Jardine
  2. Clyne (GB) – tenth-place finish – 20/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Adam Wedge and trained by Evan Williams
  3. Caius Marcius (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-5 – assigned jockey Brian Hughes and trained by Nicky Richards
  4. Mohaayed (GB) – fourth-place finish – 11/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-5 – ridden by jockey Bridget Andrews and trained by Dan Skelton
  5. Earlofthecotswolds (FR) – eleventh-place finish – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-1 – ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
  6. Point Of Principle (IRE) – seventh-place finish – 11/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-1 – ridden by jockey Alan Johns and trained by Tim Vaughan
  7. Clever As A Fox (IRE) – fourteenth-place finish – 17/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-1 – ridden by jockey Cillin Leonard and trained by Dr Richard Newland
  8. Monte-Cristo (FR) – eighth-place finish – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
  9. Highway One O One (IRE) – thirteenth-place finish – 9/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-13 – ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Chris Gordon
  10. Sir Ivan (GB) – third-place finish – 18/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-13 – ridden by jockey Sean Bowen and trained by Harry Fry
  11. Jolly’s Cracked It (FR) – fifth-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-11 – ridden by jockey Nick Scholfield and trained by Harry Fry
  12. Marlborough Sounds (GB) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 10-8 – assigned jockey Jack Quinlan and trained by Amy Murphy
  13. Beeno (IRE) – ninth-place finish – 40/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-7 – ridden by jockey Danny McMenamin and trained by Dianne Sayer
  14. Strong Glance (GB) – second-place finish – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-7 – ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Oisin Murphy
  15. En Meme Temps (FR) – sixth-place finish – 20/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-4 – ridden by jockey Ross Chapman and trained by Patrick Kirby
  16. Jacamar (GER) – first-place finish – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Milton Harris

Tips

If you’ve set aside a budget to bet on the races at Aintree’s Afternoon Racing, don’t squander it on baseless bets because the horse is the race favourite or has the funniest name.

Racedays at Aintree can truly provide a genuine opportunity to make some decent cash on the races, so trust our team of professional horse racing tipsters to guide your bet slips towards success at The Afternoon Racing Meeting or any other National Hunt meeting held at Aintree Racecourse.

Odds

Odds for The arena group Handicap Hurdle last time out ranged from 9/2 for the race favourite Strong Glance up to 50/1 for the longest outsider Voix Du Reve.

The race was won by 6/1 Jacamar, who converted £10 backing stakes into £70 in returns, £60 in profits.

The arena group Handicap Hurdle has been won by likely contenders in its last four outings – maybe 2021 will be the year we finally see an outsider cause an upset

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The arena group Handicap Hurdle at Aintree’s Afternoon Racing, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

The winner of The arena group Handicap Hurdle last time out was 6/1 joint second-favourite Jacamar, ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Milton Harris.

9/2 race favourite Strong Glance finished just a length behind Jacamar in second place, followed by 18/1 outsider Sir Ivan in third place and 11/1 priced Mohaayed in fourth.

2019

In 2019, the winner of The arena group Handicap Hurdle at Aintree Racecourse was 4/5 race favourite Stoney Mountain, ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Henry Daly.

15/2 priced Garretstown finished just half a length behind Stoney Mountain in second place, followed by 8/1 priced Voodoo Doll in third place and 11/2 joint second-favourite Hear No Evil in fourth.

2018

4/1 joint-favourite Paisley Park won The arena group Handicap Hurdle at The Afternoon Racing in 2018, ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Emma Lavelle.

4/1 joint-favourite Lygon Rock finished two and a half lengths behind Paisley Park in second place, followed by 25/1 outsider Forecast in third place and 6/1 priced Haul Away in fourth.

2017

Back in 2017, the winner of The arena group Handicap Hurdle at Aintree Racecourse for The Afternoon Racing Meeting was 3/1 race favourite Bags Groove, ridden by jockey Noel Fehily and trained by Harry Fry.

7/1 priced Stamp Your Feet finished two and a quarter lengths behind Bags Groove in second place, followed by 33/1 outsider Massini’s Trap in third place and 20/1 outsider Inner Drive in fourth.

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