The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle is the second race that is run on Grand National Day of The Grand National Festival every April at Aintree’s reputable racecourse.
Taking place just as Spring blossoms into Summer, Aintree Racecourse is the place to be when The Grand National meeting presents its 21 magnificent races live to just short of a quarter of a million spectators across the three days of the festival.
Day One is known as Liverpool NHS Day and features The Betway Aintree Hurdle, which offers £250,000 in prize money. The Marsh Steeple Chase, the featured race of Day Two known as Ladies Day offers the same amount. Finally, Day Three, known as Grand National Day, presents The Grand National Steeple Chase which boasts a £1 million prize pool.
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About The Race
The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race for novice competitors that serves as the second race of Grand National Day every year.
Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle runs 2 miles and 4 furlongs of Aintree Racecourse and consists of 11 hurdles to be negotiated by the novices.
A six-figure sum was on offer in this race last time out, £100,000 to be exact, which was shared between the first four successful competitors in the following manner:
1st place – £56,130
2nd place – £21,110
3rd place – £10,550
4th place – £5,270
The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle will take place on Aintree’s Mildmay Course at 14:25 on Saturday the 10th of April 2021.
The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle always features some big names, including horses, jockeys and trainers that have competed in some of the most prestigious races in National Hunt jump racing.
Here are the runners, 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:
- Angels Breath (IRE) – dead heat third-place finish – 11/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
- Brewin’upastorm (IRE) – second-place finish – 10/3 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Oisin Murphy
- Chosen Mate (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Davy Russell and trained by Gordon Elliott
- Colonel Custard (IRE) – ninth-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Matt Griffiths and trained by Nicky Martin
- Kateson (GB) – seventh-place finish – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Sean Bowen and trained by Tom Lacey
- One For Rosie (GB) – dead heat third-place finish – 5/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
- Reserve Tank (IRE) – first-place finish – 20/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Colin Tizzard
- The Big Bite (IRE) – eighth-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Ciaran Gethings and trained by Tom George
- Umbrigado (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by David Pipe
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Odds for The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle Race last time out ranged between 11/4 for the race favourite Angels Breath and 25/1 for the longest outsiders The Big Bite and Colonel Custard.
This edition of The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle was won by 20/1 outsider Reserve Tank, who converted £10 outright backing stakes into £210 in returns, £200 in profit.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle 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 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle last time out at The Grand National Festival was 20/1 outsider Reserve Tank, ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Colin Tizzard.
10/3 second-favourite Bewin’upastorm finished three and a quarter lengths behind Reserve Tank in second place, followed by 11/4 race favourite Angels Breath in third place and 5/1 third-favourite One For Rosie in fourth.
On Grand National Day in 2018, the winner of The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle was 3/1 second-favourite Black Op, ridden by jockey Noel Fehily and trained by Tom George.
12/1 outsider Lostintranslation finished just half a length behind Black Op in second place, followed by 10/1 priced Momella in third place and 25/1 longer outsider Aye Aye Charlie in fourth.
3/1 race favourite Finian’s Oscar won The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle on Grand National Day at Aintree Racecourse in April 2017, ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Colin Tizzard.
14/1 outsider Captain Forez finished three lengths behind Finian’s Oscar in second place, followed by 7/2 second-favourite Messire Des Obeaux in third place and 33/1 long outsider Benatar in fourth.
Back in 2016, The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at The Grand National Festival was won by 3/10 race favourite Yorkhill, ridden by jockey Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins.
8/1 priced Le Prezien finished two and a quarter lengths behind Yorkhill in second place, followed by 17/2 priced Flying Angel in third and 9/1 priced Bello Conti in fourth.