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Grand National Festival

The Grand National Festival is a three-day horse racing extravaganza that features the most anticipated race on the National Hunt horse racing calendar, The Randox Health Grand National Steeple Chase.

Hosted by Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool in Merseyside, The Grand National offers the biggest prize in European horse racing with £1,000,000 on the line in showpiece race alone.

Over the three days there are 21 incredible races on offer, with a seven-race card on each of Liverpool’s NHS Day, Ladies Day and Grand National Day.

Liverpool NHS Day

Day One of The Grand National Festival 2021 will be The Randox Liverpool’s NHS Day, offering 7 brilliant races including the featured race The Betway Aintree Hurdle at 15:25.

13:45 – The Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase

Named in memory of ‘Manifesto’ who was very successful in The Grand National Steeple Chase between the years of 1895 and 1904, the Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt novices’ steeplechase that is run on the first day of The Grand National meeting every April at Aintree.

The Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase is open to horses aged five years and above and runs a distance of 2 miles, 3 furlongs and 200 yards, featuring 16 fences along its track of Aintree’s Mildmay course.

14:20 – The Doom Bar Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle

Open to horses aged exactly four years old that have usually previously featured in The Triumph Hurdle, The Doom Bar Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race annually that takes place at Aintree Racecourse for The Grand National Festival.

Running a total distance of 2 miles and 1 furlong of Aintree’s Racecourse, The Doom Bar Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle features nine hurdles for the novice horses to negotiate.

14:50 – The Betway Bowl Steeple Chase

The Betway Bowl Steeple Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase that has been run in Early April at Aintree since 1984.

Open to horses aged five years and above that in most circumstances had failed in their efforts at The Cheltenham Gold Cup the month before, The Betway Bowl Steeple Chase stretches a distance of 3 miles and 210 yards and features nineteen fences.

15:25 – The Betway Aintree Hurdle

The Betway Aintree Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race that takes place at Aintree Racecourse for The Grand National meeting every year.

Open to horses aged four years or older and featuring eleven hurdles, this race has run at its current length of 2 miles and 4 furlongs since it was shortened one and a half furlongs in 1988.

16:05 – The Rose Paterson Randox Health Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase

The Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase is a Class 2 National Hunt steeplechase open to horses aged six years and older that is run at Aintree during The Grand National Festival every April.

The Rose Paterson Randox Health Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase is one of just three races to run over the Grand National Festival’s birch fences and covers a total distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs.

16:40 – The Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase

The Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase that takes place at Aintree for The Grand National meeting every year at the beginning of April.

Featuring 12 fences along its route of Aintree’s Mildmay course, the participants of ages five years and above are required to run 1 mile, 7 furlongs and 176 yards to the finish line.

17:15 – The Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat

Open to fillies and mares between the ages of 4 and 6 years old, The Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat is a Grade 2 National Hunt flat race hosted by Aintree near Liverpool every April.

The distance involved is a fairly brief 2 miles and 209 yards and as a flat race, this race features no obstacles for the participants to jump.

Ladies Day

Day Two of The Grand National Festival 2021 will be The Randox Ladies Day, offering a feast of elite horse races including the featured race The Marsh Steeple Chase at 15:25.

13:45 – The Orrell Park Handicap Hurdle

The Orrell Park Handicap Hurdle is a Grade 3, Class 1 National Hunt handicap hurdle race that is run annually at Aintree, Merseyside for The Grand National Festival in April.

To be run as the first race of Ladies Day in 2021, The Orrell Park Handicap Hurdle is open to horses aged four years old and above and covers a track distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs.

14:20 – The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle

The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race that takes place at Aintree Racecourse for the Grand National meeting every year.

Open to novice hurdlers aged four years old and above who have previously run in The Supreme Novices Hurdle at The Cheltenham Festival, The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle measures relatively short 2 miles and 103 yards and features nine hurdles.

14:50 – The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase

The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase for novices that is run on Aintree Ladies Day in April.

Horses aged five years and older that participated in the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham take part in this race which measures 3 miles and 210 yards of Aintree’s Mildmay course.

15:25 – The Marsh Steeple Chase

Registered as The Melling Chase, The Marsh Steeple Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase that is run every April for The Grand National Festival’s Ladies Day.

Open to horses aged five years old and over, The Marsh Steeple Chase features sixteen fences along its 2 miles and 4 furlongs in length racetrack at Aintree.

16:05 – The Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase

Inaugurated in 1949, The Topham Steeple Chase is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase that takes place annually at Aintree Racecourse on Ladies Day of The Grand National meeting.

Open to horses aged five years old and above, the track distance of this race is 2 miles, 5 furlongs and 19 yards and it is one of just three races that is run over the Grand National fences.

16:40 – The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle

Established as The White Satin Novices’ Hurdle in 1988, The Sefton Novices’ Hurdle sponsored by Doom Bar is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race for novices that acts as the penultimate race of Ladies Day at Aintree every Spring.

Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle measures a distance of 3 miles and half a furlong and features a total of 13 hurdles.

17:15 – The Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle

The final race of Ladies Day at The Grand National meeting 2021 will be The Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle, a Class 2 handicap hurdle race for amateur and conditional jockeys.

Run on the Mildmay course of Aintree, The Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle is 2 miles and 1 furlong in length and features a number of hurdles for the amateur riders and conditional jockeys to negotiate.

Grand National Day

Grand National Day will be the third and final day of The Grand National meeting 2021, presenting the main event of the occasion The Randox Health Grand National Steeple Chase at 17:15.

13:45 – The Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle

The first race of Grand National Day at Aintree’s Grand National Festival 2021 will be The Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle, a Grade 3 National Hunt handicap hurdle race.

Competitors will have to run three miles and half a furlong while jumping a series of hurdles for a chance at a share of this race’s 6 figure purse.

14:25 – The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle

The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt novices hurdle race that is run at Aintree as part of their Grand National Day at The Grand National Festival every year.

Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle measures 2 miles and 4 furlongs in length and features 11 hurdles for the novice jumpers to navigate.

15:00 – The Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase

Open to horses aged five years and older and run at Aintree for The Grand National meeting every April is The Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase.

This Grade 1 steeplechase measures just 2 miles in distance and features as many as 12 fences for the novice chasers to jump.

15:40 – The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle

Registered as The Liverpool Hurdle, The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race that is run on Grand National Day at Aintree for The Grand National meeting.

Open to horses aged as young as four years and above, The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle stretches a distance of 3 miles and 149 yards and features thirteen hurdles for the contenders to jump.

16:20 – The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase

The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase is a listed National Hunt steeplechase that features on the racecard of Grand National Day at Aintree every year.

This warm-up for the showpiece main event runs 3 miles and 1 furlong of Aintree Racecourse and features a number of fences for the horses to leap.

17:15 – The Randox Health Grand National Steeple Chase

First run in 1839, the race the world stops to watch is the Grade 3, Class 1 Grand National Steeple Chase which takes place at Aintree for its namesake meeting.

Competitors will need to run 4 miles and 514 yards of Aintree’s Racecourse while leaping this race’s 30 iconic birch-cladded fences for a chance at a share of the £1,000,000 prize pool.

18:20 – The Weatherbys Racing Bank Standard Open NH Flat

The encore race of Grand National Day at Aintree will be the Grade 2 Weatherbys Racing Bank Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

Open to horses aged between and including 4 and 6 years old, The Weatherbys Racing Bank Standard Open NH Flat measures 2 miles and 209 yards in length.

News

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Odds

Odds for the fixtures at The Grand National meeting are as tantalising as you’d expect to see – not just for the main event but for each and every race.

The biggest upset of The Grand National Festival last time out was 20/1 outsider Reserve Tank in The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle on Grand National Day, ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Colin Tizzard.

The winner of The Randox Health Grand National Steeple Chase the very same year was 4/1 race favourite Tiger Roll, ridden by jockey Davy Russell and trained by Gordon Elliott.

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