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The Betway Aintree Hurdle

The Betway Aintree Hurdle is the first featured race of The Grand National Festival and the fourth race of Liverpool NHS Day at Aintree Racecourse every April.

The Grand National Festival is a three-day National Hunt horse racing meeting that offers 21 excellent races with a perfect variety of hurdles, steeplechases and cross country flat races.

Each day has its own theme and featured race, with Liverpool NHS Day presenting The Betway Aintree Hurdle, Ladies Day offering The Marsh Steeple Chase and Grand National Day hosting the main event – The Grand National Steeple Chase.

75,000 spectators fill the enclosures of Aintree on each day of The Grand National Festival, creating one of the most exciting and adrenaline-inducing atmospheres known to the world of horse racing.

The Grand National Festival 2021 is scheduled to commence on Thursday the 8th and run through until its conclusion on the evening of 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 Betway Aintree Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race that serves as the feature race of Liverpool NHS Day every year for The Grand National Festival.

Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Betway Aintree Hurdle runs 2 miles and 4 furlongs of Aintree’s Mildmay Course, featuring eleven hurdles for its usually small field of runners to jump.

A quarter of a million pounds was in the purse last time out, which was shared between the first four finishing horses in the following fashion:

1st place – £140,325

2nd place – £52,775

3rd place – £26,375

4th place – £13,175

This year’s edition of The Betway Aintree Hurdle is scheduled to begin at 15:25 on Thursday the 8th of April 2021.

Runners

It doesn’t take a seasoned horse racing expert to recognise some of the names of the runners in The Betway Aintree Hurdle, whether it’s the horses, the jockeys or the trainers, you know you’re in for a high-quality National Hunt horse racing treat.

Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race on Liverpool NHS Day during the Grand National meeting at Aintree Racecourse last time out in 2019 (ordered by saddlecloth number):

  1. Brain Power (IRE) – Withdrawn – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-7 – assigned jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Nicky Henderson
  2. Buveur D’Air (FR) – second-place finish – 5/6 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Nicky Henderson
  3. Ch’tibello (FR) – third-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
  4. Faugheen (IRE) – Pulled Up – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins
  5. Melon (GB) – Fell – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins
  6. Silver Streak (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Adam Wedge and trained by Evan Williams
  7. Summerville Boy (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Jonathon Burke and trained by Tom George
  8. Supasundae (GB) – first-place finish – 15/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Jessica Harrington
  9. Verdana Blue (IRE) – Withdrawn – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-0 – assigned jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson

Tips

The Betway Aintree Hurdle, as the featured race of Liverpool NHS Day, is one of the most exciting races to bet on at The Grand National Festival. With the help of our knowledgeable Grand National tips, it’s not just the teams of the horses that can make a fortune this Spring.

We track the form of the potential competitors all year round and weigh up all the variables to come up with lists of the most likely outcomes for each and every race at The Grand National Festival.

As well as well-researched Aintree betting tips, we find all the biggest and best offers from all the biggest and best betting sites, so you can maximise your profit potential this April.

Odds

With only 7 runners in The Betway Aintree Hurdle last time out, odds still ranged between ⅚ for the race favourite Buveur D’Air and 25/1 for outsiders Summerville Boy, who finished in fourth place, and Silver Streak, who finished in fifth.

This edition of The Betway Aintree Hurdle was won by 15/2 third-favourite Supasundae who turned £10 outright backing stakes into £85 in returns, £75 in profit.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Betway Aintree 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 Betway Aintree Hurdle at the last edition of the Grand National Festival was 15/2 priced Supasundae, ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Jessica Harrington.

5/6 priced race favourite Buveur D’Air finished a length and a quarter behind Supasundae in second place, followed by 14/1 priced Ch’tibello in third place and 25/1 outsider Summerville Boy in fourth.

2018

On Liverpool NHS Day at the Grand National meeting 2018, The Betway Aintree Hurdle was won by 5/1 third-favourite L’Ami Serge, ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Nicky Henderson.

11/10 priced race favourite Supasundae finished 3 lengths behind L’Ami Serge in second place, followed by 25/1 outsider Clyne in third place and 9/2 second-favourite My Tent Or Yours in fourth.

2017

Back on Liverpool NHS Day in 2017, The Betway Aintree Hurdle was won by 4/9 priced race favourite Buveur D’Air, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Nicky Henderson.

8/1 priced My Tent Or Yours finished 5 lengths behind Buveur D’Air in second place, followed by 11/2 priced The New One in third place and 25/1 outsider Old Guard in fourth.

2016

The Betway Aintree Hurdle on Day One of the Grand National meeting 2016 was won by 4/9 priced race favourite Annie Power, ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins.

9/1 consistent outsider My Tent Or Yours finished 18 lengths behind Annie Power in second place, followed by 11/2 priced Nichols Canyon in third place and huge 100/1 outsider Court Minstrel in fourth.

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