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The Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase

The Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase is the first race of the Grand National meeting every year at Aintree’s world-class racecourse.

The Grand National meeting offers three days of elite horse racing with a total of 21 races split into three seven-race cards, each presenting a higher-value feature race.

The three featured races of the festival are The Betway Aintree Hurdle on Day One, Liverpool NHS Day, The Marsh Steeple Chase on Day Two, Ladies Day, and finally The Randox Grand National Steeple Chase on Day Three, Grand National Day.

The Grand National Steeple Chase is the most valuable race in European horse racing, offering £1,000,000 in prize money for the first four finishers of this single race, with half a million going to the team of the winning horse alone.

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About the Race

The Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase for novices that serves as the opening race for The Grand National meeting every April.

Open to horses aged five years old and above, The Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase runs a distance of 2 miles, 3 furlongs and 200 yards and features sixteen fences along its route of the Mildmay course at Aintree.

£100,000 is up for grabs in this magnificent opening race, which is shared proportionately between the first four finishers in the following manner:

1st place – £56,130

2nd place – £21,110

3rd place – £10,550

4th place – £5,270

The Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase will begin at 13:45 on Thursday the 8th of April 2021.

Runners

As the first runners of the first day of the Grand National meeting, the participants of The Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase are looking to get off to a flying start in a race that’s worth much more to them than just its six-figure purse.

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. Bags Groove (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Sean Bowen and trained by Harry Fry
  2. Glen Forsa (IRE) – Pulled Up – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Jonathon Burke and trained by Mick Channon
  3. Kalashnikov (IRE) – first-place finish – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Jack Quinlan and trained by Amy Murphy
  4. Mengli Khan (IRE) – third-place finish – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Jack Kennedy and trained by Gordon Elliott
  5. Spiritofthegames (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
  6. La Bague Au Roi (FR) – second-place finish – 7/4 starting price – weighing in at 10-11 – ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Warren Greatrex

Tips

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Odds

As The Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase often features a fairly small field, especially for a Grand National meeting race, odds for outsiders don’t often stretch too high, however, you can certainly get some excellent prices on the race favourites.

The shortest odds at The Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase last time out were 7/4 on race favourite La Bague Au Roi. The longest odds in this very same race were 8/1, which is a fantastic price for a 6 horse race.

The 2019 edition of The Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase was won by 4/1 priced second-favourite Kalashnikov, who turned £10 outright backing stakes into £50 in returns.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase 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 Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse last time out was 4/1 second-favourite Kalashnikov, ridden by jockey Jack Quinlan and trained by Amy Murphy.

7/4 race favourite La Bague Au Roi finished a length and a quarter behind the leader in second place, followed by 7/1 priced Mengli Khan in third place and 11/2 priced Bags Groove in fourth. This edition of The Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase was contended by 6 runners and completed by just 5.

2018

On Liverpool NHS Day 2018 at Aintree Racecourse for the Grand National meeting, it was 5/1 joint second-favourite Finian’s Oscar that came out on top, ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Colin Tizzard.

8/1 priced Rene’s Girl finished 2 lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 33/1 outsider Calino D’Airy in third place and 2/1 race favourite Cyrname in fourth. This edition of The Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase was contended by 6 runners and completed by just 5.

2017

On Day One of the Grand National meeting 2018, The Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase was won by 5/1 joint third-favourite Flying Angel, ridden by jockey Noel Fehily and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies.

4/1 second-favourite Cloudy Dream finished just a length behind the leader in second place, followed by 6/5 race favourite Top Notch in third place and 12/1 outsider Max Ward in fourth. This edition of The Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase was contested by 6 runners and completed by all.

2016

The Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase at the Grand National meeting 2016 was won by 4/1 third-favourite Arzal, ridden by jockey Gavin Sheehan and trained by Harry Whittington.

9/2 priced L’Ami Serge finished 8 lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 11/4 race favourite Sizing John in third place and 16/1 outsider Bouvreuil in fourth. This edition of The Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase was contended by 8 runners and completed by just 7.

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