The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase is the fifth race of Grand National Day at The Grand National Festival every April, just a race away from the main event – The Grand National Steeple Chase.
Presenting three fantastic afternoons of elite National Hunt jump racing, the Grand National Meeting is so much more than just its showpiece race.
21 races in total, including innumerable Grade 1’s and offering three championship feature races, one on each of Liverpool NHS Day, Ladies Day and Grand National Day.
The wonderful featured races that take place in front of 75,000 live spectators each day are The Betway Aintree Hurdle on Day One, The Marsh Steeple Chase on Day Two and, of course, The Grand National Steeple Chase on Day Three.
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About The Race
The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase is a Grade 3 National Hunt handicap steeplechase that serves as the fifth race and final act before the main event every April at Aintree Racecourse.
Open to horses aged five years old and above, The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase stretches 3 miles and 210 yards of Aintree’s Mildmay Course and consists of 19 fences along its path for the competitors to navigate.
Last year’s contenders fought for a share of a £75,000 prize pool, which was shared proportionately between the first four horses to successfully pass the final post. Here’s how much is assigned to each placement position:
1st place – £42,202
2nd place – £15,900
3rd place – £7,958
4th place – £3,975
The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase will lead into The Grand National Steeple Chase at 16:20 on Saturday the 10th of April 2021.
The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase usually features a fairly large field of runners so there’s plenty to choose from if you’re thinking of placing a few bets on this magnificent race. With so many competitors, odds fly through the roof.
In a race contested by 18 runners, here are the top 10 finishers, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race on Grand National Day during the Grand National meeting at Aintree Racecourse last time out in 2019:
1st place – Kildisart (IRE) – 8/1 starting price – ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Ben Pauling
2nd place – Mister Malarky (GB) – 11/2 starting price – ridden by jockey Jonjo O’Neill Jr and trained by Colin Tizzard
3rd place – Oldgrangewood (GB) – 7/1 starting price – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
4th place – Gold Opera (IRE) – 50/1 starting price – ridden by jockey Craig Nichol and trained by Kieth Dalgleish
5th place – On Tour (IRE) – 12/1 starting price – ridden by jockey Adam Wedge and trained by Evan Williams
6th place – Willie Boy (IRE) – 16/1 starting price – ridden by jockey Richard Dunne and trained by Charlie Longsdon
7th place – Some Buckle (IRE) – 33/1 starting price – ridden by jockey Harry Bannister and trained by Richard Bandey
8th place – Theatre Territory (IRE) – 16/1 starting price – ridden by jockey Sam Waley-Cohen and trained by Warren Greatrex
9th place – Polydora (IRE) – 8/1 starting price – ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by Tom Lacey
10th place – Debece (GB) – 9/2 starting price – ridden by jockey Alan Johns and trained by Tim Vaughan
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At the last edition of The Grand National Festival at Aintree, odds for The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase ranged between 9/2 for the race favourite Debece and 50/1 for the longest outsiders Gold Opera, who managed a fourth-place finish, and Smooth Stepper who pulled up before three out.
This edition of The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase was won by 8/1 priced Kildisart, who turned £10 outright backing stakes into £90 in returns, £80 in profits.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase during the Grand National meeting, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
(2020 meeting abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic)
The winner of The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase last time out at Aintree Racecourse was 8/1 priced Kildisart, ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Ben Pauling.
11/2 second-favourite Mister Malarky finished five lengths behind Kildisart in second place, followed by 7/1 priced Oldgrangewood in third place and 50/1 outsider Gold Opera in fourth.
In 2018, it was 3/1 race favourite Thomas Patrick that won The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse, ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Tom Lacey.
14/1 outsider On Tour finished four lengths behind Thomas Patrick in second place, followed by 10/1 priced Paper Lantern in third place and 14/1 outsider Oldgrangewood in fourth.
10/1 outsider Sizing Codelco comfortably won The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase on Grand National Day in 2017, ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Colin Tizzard.
16/1 outsider Rightdownthemiddle finished 13 lengths behind Sizing Codelco in second place, followed by 5/1 second-favourite Starchitect in third place and 9/2 race favourite Potters Legend in fourth.
Back in 2016, the winner of The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase on Grand National Day of The Grand National Festival was huge 50/1 outsider Maggio, ridden by jockey James Reveley and trained by Patrick Griffin.
12/1 priced Virak finished 12 lengths behind the impressive Maggio in second place, followed by 14/1 outsider Al Co in third place and 7/1 priced Thomas Brown in fourth.