The Aintree Novices’ Hurdle is the fourth race of The Evening Racing at Aintree Racecourse every Spring, taking place around the middle of May every year.
Offering seven exquisite National Hunt horse races, the Evening Racing at Aintree is the final event at Aintree Racecourse before the end of the National Hunt racing season. The next time this impeccable racecourse will serve its purpose will be for The Afternoon Racing at the end of October.
Within the seven races are a mix of hurdle races, steeplechases and an amateur National Hunt flat race to cap off the scintillating action.
The Evening Racing at Aintree is scheduled for another warm Friday evening in the middle of May – Friday the 14 of May 2021 to be precise. For all of The Aintree Evening 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 Aintree Novices’ Hurdle is a Class 4 National Hunt hurdle race for novices that serves as the middle race on Aintree Racecourse’s Evening Racing every May.
Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Aintree Novices’ Hurdle runs 2 miles and 209 yards of the Mildmay Course at Aintree, Liverpool, and features a number of high hurdles along its track for the competitors to negotiate.
Last time out, the competitors were fighting for their share of an £8,000 purse, which was only to be shared between the first four successful horses to pass the final post. This is how much each placement position received:
1st place – 7/4 Ferrobin (IRE) – £5,198
2nd place – 7/4 Santani (GER) – £1,526
3rd place – 2/1 Theatre Legend (GB) – £763
4th place – N/A – £382
The Aintree Novices’ Hurdle will begin around 19:10 on Friday the 14th of May 2021.
The Aintree Novices’ Hurdle may only consist of a small field of runners – only four for each of the last two editions – but these novices have often gone on to achieve great things.
Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race on Aintree’s Evening Racing at Aintree Racecourse last time out in 2019 (ordered by saddlecloth number):
- Theatre Legend (GB) – third-place finish – 2/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey Brian Hughes and trained by Chris Grant
- Ferrobin (IRE) – first-place finish – 7/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
- Santani (GER) – second-place finish – 7/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Benjamin Poste and trained by Tom Symonds
- De Good Man Luke (FR) – Non-Runner – weighing in at 10-12 – assigned jockey Callum McKinnes and trained by Jake Coulson
- Real King (GB) – Unseated Rider – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Charlie Hammond and trained by Charles Pogson
The 2018 edition of this race also featured just four runners on the day, including a strong favourite and an outsider priced as high as 33/1. Here’s how they got on:
- All Good Things (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 7/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by James Nash
- Not That Fuisse (FR) – first-place finish – 1/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
- Pirolo (IRE) – third-place finish – 33/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Tom O’Brien and trained by Nigel Hawke
- Orkan (GB) – second-place finish – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-8 – ridden by jockey Jamie Hamilton and trained by Mark Walford
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Odds for The Aintree Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree Racecourse last time out ranged between 2/1 for the race favourite Theatre legend, who finished third, and 25/1 for the longest outsider Real King, who unseated his rider at the 6th hurdle.
This edition of The Aintree Novices’ Hurdle was won by 7/4 joint second-favourite Ferrobin, who turned £10 outright backing stakes into £27.50 in returns, £17.50 in profits. With a £10 free bet, this could have been a £17.50 balance boost, completely risk-free.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Aintree Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree’s Evening Racing, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
(2020 meeting abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic)
The winner of The Aintree Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree’s Evening Racing last time out was 7/4 joint-favourite Ferrobin, ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton.
Equally Priced Santani, not to be confused with Santini, finished just a neck behind Ferrobin in second place, followed by 2/1 second-favourite Theatre Legend in third place.
At Aintree Racecourse in 2018, the winner of The Aintree Novices’ Hurdle was strong 1/4 priced favourite Not That Fuisse, ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton.
16/1 priced Orkan finished five lengths behind Not That Fuisse in second place, followed by 33/1 long-priced Pirolo in third place and 7/2 second-favourite All Good Things in fourth.
7/4 race favourite Whatmore won The Aintree Novices’ Hurdle at the 2017 edition of Aintree’s Evening Racing, ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Henry Daly.
German 5/2 priced second-favourite Ramonex finished ten lengths behind Whatmore in second place, followed by 10/1 outsider Juste Pour Nous in third place and 8/1 priced Gris De Pron in fourth.
Back in 2016, 11/4 second favourite Tahira won The Aintree Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree Racecourse, ridden by jockey Jonathon Moore and trained by Kevin Frost.
4/1 third-favourite Haut Bages finished three and three-quarter lengths behind Tahira in second place, followed by 6/4 race favourite Magic Music Man in third place and 11/2 priced Elysian Prince in fourth.