The Join Racing TV Now Maiden Hurdle is the first race that is run at Aintree Racecourse for The Afternoon Racing Meeting on the last Sunday of October every year.
Aintree’s Afternoon Racing Meeting is the first National Hunt event back at Aintree Racecourse for the new season, five months after the conclusion of The Evening Racing in May.
This wonderful autumn afternoon at the races offers a brilliant seven-race card, with a mixture of hurdle races, steeplechases and a mares flat race to cap it off.
The next edition of The Afternoon Racing will take place on Sunday the 24th 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 Join Racing TV Now Maiden Hurdle is a Class 4 National Hunt hurdle race that serves as the opening race of The Afternoon Racing at Aintree Racecourse every October.
Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Join Racing TV Now Maiden Hurdle runs 2 miles and 4 furlongs of the Mildmay Course at Aintree and features a number of high hurdles for the contestants to navigate.
Last time out, the horses and their teams were competing for a prize pool worth £5,800, which was shared between the first four finishers accordingly:
1st place – 50/1 Real Stone – £3,769
2nd place – 7/2 Killer Kane – £1,107
3rd place – 9/4 Danny Kirwan – £553
4th place – 7/4 Torn And Frayed – £277
The Join Racing TV Now Maiden Hurdle will begin at 12:47 on Sunday the 24th of October 2021.
The runners that participate in The Join Racing TV Now Maiden Hurdle at Aintree’s Afternoon Racing provide the perfect opening performance on this wonderful day of National Hunt horse racing year after year.
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):
- Butte Montana (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 13/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien
- Calypso Storm (IRE) – seventh-place finish – 500/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Aaron Anderson and trained by Sean Conway
- Danny Kirwan (IRE) – third-place finish – 9/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
- Killer Kane (IRE) – second-place finish – 7/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Colin Tizzard
- Malinello (GB) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-0 – assigned jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Ben Pauling
- Ottonian (GB) – fifth-place finish – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Brian Hughes and trained by Donald McCain Jnr
- Real Stone (GB) – first-place finish – 50/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
- Torn And Frayed (FR) – fourth-place finish – 7/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
The Afternoon Racing Meeting is the first race back at Aintree Racecourse for the new season and the participants are looking to get their seasons off to a flying start.
Anything can happen in these races and whether you prefer to bet big on the favourites or spread your budget across a few outsiders, you’ve got a great chance of making a decent profit this October.
If you need a second opinion on your decisions, compare your selections with our professional betting tips and head into each and every race full of confidence. We can’t guarantee wins – nobody can – but we can provide the best pointers.
Odds on The Join Racing TV Now Maiden Hurdle last time out ranged between 9/4 for the race favourite Danny Kirwan and a huge 500/1 for the longest outsider Calypso Storm.
This race was in fact won by 50/1 outsider Real Stone, who converted £10 outright backing stakes into £510 in returns, £500 in profits.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Join Racing TV Now Maiden Hurdle at Aintree’s Afternoon Racing, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
The first-place finisher in The Join Racing TV Now Maiden Hurdle last time out for Aintree’s Afternoon Racing was 50/1 outsider Real Stone, ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton.
7/2 priced Killer Kane finished two and a half lengths behind Real Stone in second place, followed by 9/4 second-favourite Danny Kirwan in third place and 7/4 race favourite Torn And Frayed in fourth.
The winner of The Join Racing TV Now Maiden Hurdle in October 2019 at Aintree Racecourse was 13/8 race favourite Imperial Alcazar, ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien.
14/1 outsider Coconut Splash finished just a nose behind Imperial Alcazar in second place, followed by 14/1 priced Big Bad Bear in third place and 16/1 outsider Copper Coin in fourth.
7/2 priced second-favourite Stoney Mountain won The Join Racing TV Now Maiden Hurdle at The Aintree Afternoon Racing in 2018, ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Henry Daly.
4/9 race favourite Aye Aye Charlie finished just a neck behind Stoney Mountain in second place, followed by 9/1 priced Present Ranger in third place and 66/1 outsider Landofsmiles in fourth.
Back in 2017, the winner of Aintree’s Join Racing TV Now Maiden Hurdle at The Afternoon Racing was 2/1 race favourite On The Blind Side, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson.
80/1 priced huge outsider Another Stowaway finished just three-quarters of a length behind On The Blind Side in second place, followed by 16/1 outsider Aye Aye Charlie in third place and 5/1 priced Perfect Harmony in fourth.