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Handicap Hurdle

The Aintree Handicap Hurdle is the third act of Aintree Racing Evening every year at Aintree Racecourse just as Spring is beginning to transform to Summer.

Taking place around the middle of May every year on a warm and wonderful Friday night, The Evening Racing Meeting at Aintree Racecourse in Merseyside offers a brilliant seven-race card that features a marvellous mixture of hurdle races, steeplechases and a National Hunt flat race for amateur riders.

The Aintree Evening Racing is the final meeting of the National Hunt season that is hosted by Aintree Racecourse. The next time spectators will be able to watch the elite horse racing here will be at the end of October, so you know they make this evening an occasion to remember.

The Evening Racing at Aintree will take place on Friday the 14th of May 2021. For all of The Aintree Evening Meeting’s news and ticket information, sign up for The Jockey Club’s newsletter at

About The Race

The Aintree Handicap Hurdle is a Class 2 National Hunt handicap hurdle race that serves as the third race of Aintree’s Racing Evening every May at Aintree near Liverpool.

Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Class 2 Handicap Hurdle stretches 2 miles and 4 furlongs of Aintree’s Mildmay Course and features a number of high hurdles for the competitors to jump for a chance of the race’s generous prize pool.

This prize pool was £20,000 last time out and we can expect to see something similar this Spring. Here’s how much each placement position was awarded for their efforts:

1st place – 6/1 Irish Roe (IRE) – £12,512

2nd place – 16/1 Trans Express (IRE) – £3,696

3rd place – 5/2 Solo Saxophone (IRE) – £1,848

4th place – 10/1 Haul Away (IRE) – £924

The Aintree Handicap Hurdle is scheduled to begin around 18:40 on Friday the 14th of May 2021.


Trained by some of the most talented and experienced racehorse trainers in the United Kingdom and the Republic Of Ireland, The Aintree Handicap Hurdle usually features a small to medium-sized field of runners.

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):

  1. Fidux (FR) – Unseated Rider – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Wayne Hutchinson and trained by Alan King
  2. Haul Away (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-5 – ridden by jockey James Bowen and trained by Nicky Henderson
  3. Irish Roe (IRE) – first-place finish – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Henry Brooke and trained by Peter Atkinson
  4. Big Time Dancer (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-3 – ridden by jockey Jonjo O’Neill Jr and trained by Jennie Candlish
  5. Wicked Willy (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-2 – assigned jockey Jordan Nailor and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
  6. Solo Saxophone (IRE) – third-place finish – 5/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-9 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
  7. Trans Express (IRE) – second-place finish – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-6 – ridden by jockey Lucy Gardner and trained by Sue Gardner
  8. Neverbeen To Paris (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 2/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-1 – ridden by jockey Bryony Frost and trained by David Arbuthnot


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Odds ranged between 2/1 for the race favourite Neverbeen To Paris and 16/1 for the longest outsider Trans Express for The Aintree Handicap Hurdle last time out at The Evening Racing at Aintree.

6/1 priced Irish Roe won the last edition of this race in 2019, turning £10 outright backing stakes and free bets into £70 cash in returns with a profit of £60.

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Previous Runners

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

(2020 meeting abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic)


The last edition of The Handicap Hurdle at Aintree was won by 6/1 priced Irish Roe, ridden by jockey Henry Brooke and trained by Peter Atkinson.

16/1 outsider Trans Express finished just a length behind Irish Roe, followed by 5/2 second-favourite Solo Saxophone in third place and 10/1 priced Haul Away in fourth.

This edition of The Handicap Hurdle at Aintree was contested by seven runners and successfully completed by just six.


In 2018, the winner of The Handicap Hurdle at Aintree Racecourse for The Evening Racing was 33/1 priced outsider Cool Sky, ridden by jockey Edward Austin and trained by Ian Williams.

8/1 priced Wenyerreadyfreddie finished two lengths behind Cool Sky in second place, followed by 9/2 third-favourite Whatzdjazz in third place and 7/2 race favourite Theclockisticking in fourth.

The Smarkets Betting Exchange Handicap Hurdle on Friday the 18th of May 2018 was contested by twelve runners and completed by all.


6/1 priced Jacks Last Hope won The Aintree Handicap Hurdle on Aintree’s Evening of racing in 2017, ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Chris Grant.

11/1 priced Dell’ Arca finished a length and three-quarters behind Jacks Last Hope in second place, followed by 13/8 race favourite Free Stone Hill in third place and 8/1 priced Nathans Pride in fourth.

The 2017 edition of The Handicap Hurdle at Aintree Racecourse was contested by eight runners and completed by seven after 9/2 second-favourite Lithic fell at the last hurdle.


Back in 2016, the winner of The Aintree Handicap Hurdle race was 20/1 outsider Nathans Pride, ridden by jockey Alan Johns and trained by Tim Vaughan.

6/1 priced Party Rock finished two and three-quarter lengths behind Nathans Pride in second place, followed by 25/1 outsider Desert Cry in third place and 16/1 priced Great Hall in fourth.

Of the ten runners that participated in this edition of The Handicap Hurdle, only eight successfully passed the final post.