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Aintree Grand National Day

Aintree’s Grand National Day is one of the biggest occasions in world horse racing, known primarily for its running of the high-value Grand National Steeple Chase.

The Grand National Festival is about much more than just this race though, offering 20 more incredible National Hunt races with a mix of hurdles, fences and flat races.

The Grand National meeting is a three-day festival of elite and novice horse races, with a seven-race card on each of Liverpool NHS Day, Ladies Day and Grand National Day.

It cannot be denied that Grand National Day provides the pinnacle of the excitement, though, with The Grand National Steeple Chase taking place towards the end of the day offering a prize pool of £1,000,000.

Aintree’s Grand National Day is scheduled to take place on Saturday the 10th of April 2021 on Day Three of The Grand National Festival.

The Gaskells Handicap Hurdle

The first race of Aintree’s Grand National Day will be The Gaskells Handicap Hurdle, kicking off a day of extraordinary racing at 13:45.

Open to horses aged four years and older, The Gaskells Handicap Hurdle is a Grade 3, Class 1 National Hunt handicap hurdle race with a race distance of 3 miles and 149 yards, featuring thirteen hurdles along its route of the Mildmay course.

The first four competitors to pass the final post will take home a share of this race’s £75,000 purse, which is to be split in the following fashion:

1st place – £42,202

2nd place – £15,900

3rd place – £7,958

4th place – £3,975

The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle

Race number two on Aintree Grand National Day during The Grand National meeting will be The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle, commencing at 14:25.

Horses aged four years and older are permitted to compete in this Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race for novices, which stretches 2 miles and 4 furlongs of Aintree’s Mildmay course and features eleven hurdles.

The first four horses to cross the finish line will take home a share of this race’s £100,000 purse, which is split between them depending on their final positions:

1st place – £56,130

2nd place – £21,110

3rd place – £10,550

4th place – £5,270

The Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase

The third race of Grand National Day for The Grand National meeting hosted by Aintree will be The Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase, starting at 15:00.

Open to horses aged five years old and above, this Grade 1, Class 1 National Hunt novices steeplechase possesses a course distance of 1 mile, 7 furlongs and 176 yards and features 12 fences for the competitors to negotiate.

A six-figure prize pool is on the line again, which is to be shared between the first four placed finishers with the following amounts:

1st place – £56,130

2nd place – £21,110

3rd place – £10,550

4th place – £5,270

The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle

At the mid-point of the final day of The Grand National Festival, the fourth race to take place on this fine afternoon at Aintree will be The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle, beginning at 15:40.

Open to horses aged four years old and above and registered as The Liverpool Hurdle, this Grade 1, Class 1 National Hunt hurdle race runs a course length of 3 miles and 149 yards and features thirteen hurdles along its track of the Mildmay course.

The first four competitors to pass the final post will win a share of this race’s £180,000 purse, which will be split accordingly depending on their final positions:

1st place – £101,034

2nd place – £37,998

3rd place – £18,990

4th place – £9,486

The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase

The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase will be the fifth race of Aintree’s Grand National Day 2021 with a start time of 16:20.

Open to horses aged five years old and above, this Grade 3, Class 1 National Hunt steeplechase stretches 3 miles and 210 yards of Aintree Racecourse and features 19 fences for the horses to jump.

£75,000 is up for grabs which will be shared between the first four horses to successfully complete this exciting race in the following fashion:

1st place – £42,202

2nd place – £15,900

3rd place – £7,958

4th place – £3,975

The Randox Health Grand National Steeple Chase

The penultimate race of Grand National Day at Aintree is the main event of The Grand National Festival – The Randox Health Grand National Steeple Chase, commencing at 17:15.

Open to horses aged 5 and above, this Grade 3, Class 1 National Hunt steeplechase stretches a total race distance of 4 miles, 2 furlongs and 74 yards along the Grand National track, featuring its 30 iconic birch-clad fences.

The prize is £1,000,000, which is to be shared between the first four horses to pass the final post. Six-figure sums are awarded to the first three finishers in this incredible race, with the fourth still taking a chunky portion:

1st place – £500,000

2nd place – £200,000

3rd place – £100,000

4th place – £65,000

The Weatherbys Champion Standard Open NH Flat

The Weatherbys Champion Standard Open NH Flat will be the final race of Grand National Day 2021, beginning at 18:20.

Open to horses aged between and inclusive of four and six years old, The Weatherbys Champion Standard Open NH Flat is a Grade 2, Class 1 National Hunt flat race with a race distance of 2 miles and 209 yards.

The purse for this exciting race is £45,000, which will be shared proportionately between the first four horses to successfully pass the final post:

1st place – £25,322

2nd place – £9,540

3rd place – £4,774

4th place – £2,385

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Odds

Hundreds of millions of pounds are bet on horses during The Grand National Festival, with a large portion of that exclusively gambled on The Grand National Steeple Chase alone. Online betting sites know how valuable these races are and compete to offer the best prices to attract customers old and new.

Thanks to this competition, prices on both race favourites and the longer outsiders provide great potential for profitable bets, no matter who you choose to bet on.

The highest-priced horse at the last edition of Grand National Day was 100/1, with a few examples of an 80/1 starting price, too. The biggest upset of the day was 20/1 Reserve Tank in The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle, ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Colin Tizzard.

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