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The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle (Registered as the Liverpool Hurdle)

The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle is the fourth race that is run on Grand National Day for The Grand National Festival every April at Aintree Racecourse.

You’ve likely heard of The Grand National, but what you may not have known is that it’s part of a three-day-long National Hunt horse racing extravaganza that presents a total of 21 races, including two other feature races alongside The Grand National Steeple Chase.

The two other prestigious championship races of The Grand National meeting are The Betway Aintree Hurdle on Liverpool NHS Day and The Marsh Steeple Chase on Ladies Day, each offering a quarter of a million pounds in prize money.

This year’s Grand National Festival will begin on Thursday the 8th and conclude on 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 Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle, registered as The Liverpool hurdle, is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race that will serve as the fourth race of Grand National Day in 2021.

Contested by horses aged four years old and above, The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle runs 3 miles and 149 yards of Aintree’s Mildmay Course and consists of thirteen tall hurdles along its path.

The purse for The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle was £150,000 last time out, which was shared between the first four competitors to successfully complete the race. Here’s how much each placement position was assigned:

1st place – £84,405

2nd place – £31,800

3rd place – £15,915

4th place – £7,950

The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle will commence at 15:40 on Saturday the 10th of April 2021.

Runners

You’re bound to recognise some of the runners that compete in The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle, which features some huge names that have previously contested and even won some of the most prestigious races on the National Hunt calendar.

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:

  1. Agrapart (FR) – seventh-place finish – 66/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Lizzie Kelly and trained by Nick Williams
  2. Clyne (GB) – tenth-place finish – 50/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Adam Wedge and trained by Evan Williams
  3. If The Cap Fits (IRE) – first-place finish – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Sean Bowen and trained by Harry Fry
  4. Kilbricken Storm (IRE) – thirteenth-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Colin Tizzard
  5. Lord Napier (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 40/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey James Bowen and trained by Peter Bowen
  6. Nautical Nitwit (IRE) – Pulled Up – 80/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Thomas Dowson and trained by Patrick Kirby
  7. Sam Spinner (GB) – eighth-place finish – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Joe Colliver and trained by Jedd O’Keeffe
  8. Sykes (IRE) – Pulled Up – 40/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Matt Griffiths and trained by Nicky Martin
  9. The Worlds End (IRE) – ninth-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Tom George
  10. Unowhatimeanharry (GB) – twelfth-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Mark Walsh and trained by Harry Fry
  11. West Approach (GB) – sixth-place finish – 33/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by Colin Tizzard
  12. Wholestone (IRE) – eleventh-place finish – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
  13. William Henry (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
  14. Apple’s Jade (FR) – third-place finish – 5/6 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Jack Kennedy and trained by Gordon Elliott
  15. Roksana (IRE) – second-place finish – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton

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Odds

The Grand National at Aintree offers some of the best odds seen throughout the entire National Hunt racing calendar.

Last time out, odds on The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle ranged between 2/7 for the strong race favourite Thistlecrack up to 66/1 for the longest outsider Serienschock who managed a fourth-place finish.

The race was in fact won by the race favourite Thistlecrack, who turned £100 outright backing stakes into £128.57 in returns, £28.57 in profits.

Previous Runners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle during the Grand National meeting, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

(2020 meeting abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic)

2019

The last edition of The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle at Aintree Racecourse was won by 7/1 priced If The Cap Fits, ridden by jockey Sean Bowen and trained by Harry Fry.

10/1 outsider finished just a head behind If The Cap Fits in second place, followed by 56/ race favourite Apple’s Jade in third place and 8/1 priced William Henry in fourth.

2018

On Grand National Day in 2018, The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle was won by 14/1 outsider Identity Thief, ridden by jockey Sean Flanagan and trained by Henry De Bromhead.

7/2 second-favourite Wholestone finished five lengths behind Identity Thief in second place, followed by 6/5 race favourite Sam Spinner in third place and 6/1 priced The Worlds End in fourth.

2017

9/4 race favourite Yanworth won The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle on Grand National Day in 2017, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Alan King.

5/1 third-favourite Supasundae finished just a length behind Yanworth in second place, followed by 9/1 priced Snow Falcon in third place and 20/1 outsider Taquin Du Seuil in fourth.

2016

Back in 2016, the winner of The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle at The Grand National Festival was 2/7 strong race favourite Thistlecrack, ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by Colin Tizzard.

8/1 priced Shaneshill finished seven lengths behind Thistlecrack in second place, followed by 10/1 priced Prince Of Scars in third place and 66/1 long outsider Serienschock in fourth.

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