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Aintree Ladies Day

You may have heard of The Grand National, but what you might not know is that it’s not just one incredible, intense race, but three days consisting of 21 incredible, intense races.

Occurring annually at the beginning of April, The Grand National meeting is one of the most anticipated, glorious and valuable National Hunt meetings on the horse racing calendar.

The Betway Aintree Hurdle on Liverpool NHS Day, The Marsh Steeple Chase on Ladies Day and The Randox Health National Hunt Steeple Chase are the three highest-value featured races of the three-day affair.

The second day of The Grand National meeting is Ladies Day, where high-calibre horse racing and fashion collide to form a day of affluence and glamour where the ladies sport their classiest dresses and most extravagant headwear while the gents wear their smartest suits and look the part.

Day Two of The Grand National meeting 2021 will be known as Aintree Ladies Day and will take place on Friday the 9th of April.

The Handicap Hurdle

The first race of Ladies Day during the Grand National meeting 2021 will be The Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle, commencing the day at 13:45.

Open to horses aged four years old and above, this Grade 3, Class 1 National Hunt handicap hurdle race measures a course length of 2 miles and 4 furlongs and features a series of hurdles for the competitors to leap.

£75,000 is in the purse for The Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle which is to be shared proportionately between the four horses that are first to pass the final post. The cash is split accordingly:

1st place – £42,202

2nd place – £15,900

3rd place – £7,958

4th place – £3,975

The Crabbie’s Top Novices’ Hurdle

Race two of Ladies Day at The Grand National Festival will be The Crabbie’s Top Novices’ Hurdle, starting at 14:20.

Horses aged four years and older can participate in this Grade 1, Class 1 National Hunt hurdle race for novices which covers a total race distance of 2 miles and 103 yards and consists of nine hurdles along its path of the Mildmay course of Aintree.

For a chance to take home a portion of this race’s £100,000 prize pool horses must finish in the top four positions, with the purse to be split in the following manner:

1st place – £56,130

2nd place – £21,110

3rd place – £10,550

4th place – £5,270

The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase

The third race of Aintree Ladies Day for The Grand National Festival will be The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase, leading us towards the featured race of the day with a 14:50 start time.

Open to horses aged 5 years old and above, this Grade 1, Class 1 National Hunt steeplechase has a total course length of 3 miles and 210 yards and features nineteen fences along its path of the Mildmay course.

The novice participants will need to finish in a top-four position if they’re hoping to take home a share of The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase’s £100,000 purse. This purse is split in the following fashion:

1st place – £56,130

2nd place – £21,110

3rd place – £10,550

4th place – £5,270

The JLT Melling Steeple Chase

The featured race of Ladies Day at Aintree for The Grand National Festival will be The JLT Melling Steeple Chase, commencing at 15:25.

Open to horses aged five years old and above, this Grade 1, Class 1 National Hunt steeplechase features a track length of 2 miles and 4 furlongs and includes 16 fences to be jumped.

A quarter of a million pounds is on the line in The JLT Melling Steeple Chase, which will be shared between the first four finishers accordingly:

1st place – £140,325

2nd place – £52,775

3rd place – £26,375

4th place – £13,175

The Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase

The first race of the second half of Ladies Day at Aintree’s Grand National meeting will be The Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase at 16:05.

Horses aged five years and older can compete in this Grade 3, Class 1 National Hunt steeplechase, which runs a total race distance of 2 miles, 5 furlongs and 19 yards on the Grand National racetrack.

£140,000 is added to the purse of The Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase and the first four horses to pass the final post will take home a share:

1st place – £78,582

2nd place – £29,554

3rd place – £14,770

4th place – £7,378

The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle

The penultimate race of Ladies Day at Aintree for The Grand National Festival will be The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle, commencing at 16:40.

Open to horses aged 4 years old and above, this Grade 1, Class 1 National Hunt hurdle for novices runs 3 miles and half a furlong of Aintree’s Mildmay course and features thirteen hurdles for the horses to negotiate.

£100,000 is a huge purse for novice hurdlers, who will each take home a share providing they finish in a top-four position:

1st place – £56,130

2nd place – £21,110

3rd place – £10,550

4th place – £5,270

The Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle

The final race of Ladies Day at Aintree for The Grand National meeting will be The Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle, beginning at 17:15.

Open to horses aged four years plus, this Class 2 National Hunt runs a race distance of 2 miles and 103 yards and features a number of hurdles for the competitors to jump.

£50,000 sits in this race’s purse to be shared proportionately between the first four contenders to successfully pass the final post in the following manner:

1st place – £30,950

2nd place – £9,190

3rd place – £4,595

4th place – £2,290

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Odds

The biggest upsets on Ladies Day last time out were 8/1 priced outsiders in both The Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle and The Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase.

Nine-year-old Three Musketeers won The Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle ridden by jockey Jack Kennedy and trained by Gordon Elliott, and seven-year-old Cadmium won The Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase ridden by jockey Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins.

Odds on horses for Ladies Day at Aintree’s Grand National 2019 were as high as 66/1 as seen on five separate occasions across the seven races on the day.

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