The Class 3 Handicap Hurdle is the penultimate race that is run for Aintree’s Evening Racing Meeting every May at Aintree Racecourse.
Offering an incredible seven-race card with an exciting combination of hurdle races, steeplechases and a National Hunt flat race, The Evening Racing at Aintree takes place on a Friday evening in the middle of May every Spring.
It’s the final National Hunt meeting that is held at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool every year, so you can always expect an electric atmosphere as up to 75,000 racegoers celebrate the end of the racing season knowing they will have to wait more than five months before they can return for Aintree’s Afternoon Racing in October.
The next edition of The Evening Racing Meeting at Aintree Racecourse is scheduled to 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 https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newsletter/.
About The Race
The Class 3 Handicap Hurdle is a Class 3 National Hunt handicap hurdle race that serves as the penultimate race of Aintree’s Evening Racing meeting every year at Aintree racecourse near Liverpool.
Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Class 3 Handicap Hurdle is the second-longest race of the meeting, stretching 3 miles and 149 yards of Aintree’s Mildmay Course, featuring a series of hurdles along its path for the competitors to jump.
Last time out, the contestants were competing for a share of a £13,800 purse. Here’s how much was assigned to each placement position:
1st place – 11/4 Follow The Bear (IRE) – £7,798
2nd place – 11/2 Forecast (GB) – £2,290
3rd place – 8/1 Three Star General (GB) – £1,145
4th place – 10/3 Ready And Able (IRE) – £572
The 2021 edition of The Class 3 Handicap Hurdle will begin around 20:20 on Friday the 14th of May this Spring.
The horses, trained by some of the best racehorse trainers in the industry, and their talented jockeys provide an intense spectacle every time The Class 3 Handicap Hurdle comes around at Aintree Racecourse.
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):
- Jacks Last Hope (GB) – fifth-place finish – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Brian Hughes and trained by Chris Grant
- Ready And Able (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 10/3 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey Jonjo O’Neill Jr and trained by Jonjo O’Neill
- Forecast (GB) – second-place finish – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-9 – ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Martin Keighley
- Timeforben (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-3 – ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by David Pipe.
- Follow The Bear (IRE) – first-place finish – 11/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Jeremiah McGrath and trained by Nicky Henderson
- River Arrow (GB) – seventh-place finish – 7/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-13 – ridden by jockey Benjamin Poste and trained by Tom Symonds
- Three Star General (GB) – third-place finish – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-6 – ridden by jockey David Noonan and trained by David Pipe
- Mance Rayder (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 10-4 – assigned jockey Billy Garritty and trained by Henry Hogarth
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Odds for The Class 3 Handicap Hurdle last time out ranged from 11/4 for the race favourite Follow The Bear to 16/1 for the longest outsider Jacks Last Hope.
The race was won by the favourite, Follow The Bear, who turned £10 outright backing stakes into £37.50 in returns, £27.50 in profits.
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 winner of The Class 3 Handicap Hurdle last time out for Aintree’s Evening Racing was 11/4 race favourite Follow The Bear, ridden by jockey Jeremiah McGrath and trained by Nicky Henderson.
11/2 priced Forecast finished just a length behind Follow The Bear in second place, followed by 8/1 priced Three Star General in third place and 10/3 second-favourite Ready And Able in fourth.
In 2018, the winner of The Class 3 Handicap Hurdle at Aintree Racecourse was 13/8 race favourite Black Sam Bella, ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton.
9/1 priced outsider Polydora finished three and a quarter lengths behind Black Sam Bella in second place, followed by 8/1 priced Sky Pirate in third place and 8/1 priced Who’s My Jockey in fourth.
6/1 priced joint third-favourite Knight Of Noir won The Class 3 Handicap Hurdle at Aintree racecourse for The Evening Racing Meeting in 2017, ridden by jockey Noel Fehily and trained by Neil Mulholland.
5/1 second-favourite Beer Goggles finished five lengths behind Knight Of Noir in second place, followed by 8/1 priced Iora Glas in third place and 8/1 priced Rolling Maul in fourth.
Back in 2016, the winner of Aintree’s Class 3 Handicap Hurdle on Friday the 13th of May was 4/1 second-favourite Alzammaar, ridden by jockey Gavin Sheehan and trained by Warren Greatrex.
6/1 third-favourite Goodbye Dancer finished two lengths behind Alzammaar in second place, followed by 9/1 priced Volcanic in third place and 7/1 priced Grape Tree Flame in fourth.