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The Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle

The Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle is the first race that is run on Grand National Day for The Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse every April.

The Grand National meeting is a three-day National Hunt horse racing meeting that takes place every April that offers a magnificent mixture of hurdles, steeplechases and NH flat races.

Each day of The Grand National Festival has its own theme, with Liverpool’s NHS the focus on Day One for Liverpool NHS Day, the glitz, glamour and fashion side of horse racing the focus on Day Two for Ladies Day, and then the spotlight turns to the richest race in British National Hunt racing on Day Three for Grand National Day.

Each of these brilliant days also offers a higher-value featured race, with The Betway Aintree Hurdle on Liverpool NHS Day, The Marsh Steeple Chase on Ladies Day and The Grand National Steeple Chase on Grand National Day.

Don’t miss this extraordinary horse racing event this Spring when it takes place from Thursday the 8th until Saturday the 10th of April 2021. For all of The Grand National Festival’s news and ticket information, sign up for The Jockey Club’s newsletter at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newsletter/.

About The Race

The Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle is a Grade 3 National Hunt handicap hurdle race that serves as the opening race of Grand National Day at the beginning of April every year.

Horses aged four years old and above can participate in The Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle, which runs 3 miles and 149 yards of Aintree Racecourse and features a number of high hurdles along its route of the Mildmay Course.

Last time out, the competitors were competing for a share of a £75,000 purse, which had the following amounts allocated to each placement position:

1st place – £42,202

2nd place – £15,900

3rd place – £7,958

4th place – £3,975

The Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle will begin at 13:45 on Saturday the 10th of April 2021.

Runners

The Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle usually features a large field of runners so there’s a good chance you’ll recognise the names of a few horses. If not, we’re sure you’ll recognise the names of the talented jockeys and experienced trainers.

In a race contested by 21 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 placeAux Ptits Soins (FR) – 11/1 starting price – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton

2nd placeTommy Rapper (IRE) – 20/1 starting price – ridden by jockey Bridget Andrews and trained by Dan Skelton

3rd placeKeeper Hill (IRE) – 25/1 starting price – ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Warren Greatrex

4th placeBurbank (IRE) – 25/1 starting price – ridden by jockey Jeremiah McGrath and trained by Nicky Henderson

5th placeTheclockisticking (IRE) – 12/1 starting price – ridden by jockey Ciaran Gethings and trained by Stuart Edmunds

6th placeCanyon City (GB) – 50/1 starting price – ridden by jockey Jack Quinlan and trained by Neil King

7th placeCoolanly (IRE) – 8/1 starting price – ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien

8th placeSire Du Berlais (FR) – 7/2 starting price – ridden by jockey Jonjo O’Neill Jr and trained by Gordon Elliott

9th placeNadaitak (GB) – 33/1 starting price – ridden by jockey Thomas Bellamy and trained by Ben Pauling

10th placeBurrows Park (FR) – 16/1 starting price – ridden by jockey Charlie Deutsch and trained by Venetia Williams

Tips

The Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle, just like the other 20 excellent races presented by The Grand National Festival, offers a fantastic opportunity to make some money betting on the races ahead of the Summer.

If you’re not sure how to go about placing your horse racing bets at Aintree, follow the guidance of our professional Grand National tipsters and you’ll be in with the greatest chance of profiting for this year’s Grand National Festival.

Odds

Odds for The Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle last time out ranged between 7/2 for the race favourite Sire Du Berlais and 80/1 for the longest outsider Knock House.

This edition of the race was won by 11/1 outsider Aux Ptits Soins who turned £10 outright backing stakes into £120 in returns, £110 in profits.

Previous Runners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle during the Grand National meeting, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

(2020 meeting abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic)

2019

The winner of The Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle on Grand National Day last time out was 11/1 priced Aux Ptits Soins, ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton.

20/1 outsider Tommy Rapper finished four and a half lengths behind Aux Ptits Soins in second place, followed by 25/1 outsiders Keeper Hill and Burbank in third and fourth place.

2018

On Grand National Day 2018, the winner of The Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle at Aintree Racecourse was 7/1 priced Mr Big Shot, ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by David Pipe.

12/1 outsider Now Mcginty finished just three-quarters of a length behind Mr Big Shot in second place, followed by 10/1 priced Ah Litteluck in third place and 8/1 priced Debece in fourth.

2017

11/1 priced Fountains Windfall won The Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle on Grand National Day 2017, ridden by jockey David Noonan and trained by Anthony Honeyball.

5/1 second-favourite No Comment finished eight lengths behind Fountains Windfall in second place, followed by 16/1 outsider Dadsintrouble in third place and 4/1 race favourite No Hassle Hoff in fourth.

2016

Back in 2016, the winner of The Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle at Aintree Racecourse for The Grand National meeting was 16/1 outsider Ubak, ridden by jockey Joshua Moore and trained by Gary Moore.

9/2 race favourite If In Doubt finished a length and three-quarters behind Ubak in second place, followed by 20/1 German outsider Silsol in third place and 20/1 priced Murrayana in fourth.

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