Aintree Festival Preview
The Grand National is the most exciting event in the National Hunt calendar and it will draw serious gamblers and casual punters together as millions of pounds are staked on one single event. It’s not all about the National however and there are some very important grade one races being played out over the three days of the Aintree Festival.
Top class horses, including recent Cheltenham winners come together for the meeting and although the National is undoubtedly the pinnacle of the week, there is some great action in prospect and excellent potential to land some serious profits.
Thursday, 3rd April 2014
The Giant Bolster at Cheltenham, 2014
Thursday is known as Liverpool Day at Aintree and the meeting kicks off at 2.00pm with the Anniversary 4 year old Novices Hurdle. In total there are seven races on the card and one of the most important of these gets underway at 2.30pm in the shape of the BetFred Bowl.
A relatively small field of ten has been declared but it’s going to be a tough race with several horses showing form at the recent Cheltenham Festival. Dynaste is the ante post favourite but there are two strong outsiders in The Giant Bolster and Silviniaco Conti.
We will be previewing the Aintree Hurdle in greater detail in a race that features big names in the World of National Hunt such as Annie Power and My Tent or Yours. Day one is completed by the John Smiths Fox Hunters Chase, Matalan Red Rum Chase, Manifesto Novice’s Chase and the Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle.
Friday, 4th April 2014
Friday is Ladies Day at Aintree and it sees a card featuring seven races, the highlight of which is the Topham Chase. We’ll be featuring that event in greater detail but before the off, the day begins at 2pm with a Grade 2 race – the Top Novice’s Hurdle.
The Mildmay Novice’s Chase and the Melling Chase follow before the Topham Chase comes along at 3.40pm. A huge field has been declared and it’s currently headed by joint favourites Hunt Ball and Rajdhani Express, both of whom can be backed at 14/1 with Bet365, one of the horse racing betting sites.
A number of Grand National runners have been declared and while the Topham doesn’t quite get the same billing as the main event, it could be just as thrilling.
Friday’s card is completed by the Sefton Novice’s Hurdle, the John Smiths Handicap Hurdle and the Mares Open Flat Race.
Saturday, 5th April 2014
The big day has arrived with the Grand National taking centre stage. The big event gets underway at 4.15pm but before that, the day starts at 1.45pm with the Mersey Novice’s Hurdle. Five additional races take place on Saturday’s card but naturally we will be focusing on the National itself.
2013 John Smith’s Grand National Chase – Auroras Encore
We will preview the race in great depth but it looks to be a very open field this year, headed by the favourite Tea for Three at 10/1 with Bet365. The closest challenges are expected to come from Long Run and Tidal Bay who should be available at around the 16/1 mark but there are a number of rank outsiders capable of troubling the favourites.
After Aurora’s Encore came in at 66/1 last year, many punters will be looking down the card for a similar result and Soll, Swing Bill and Lion Na Bearnai are just three horses with good records over the jumps.
So it’s not all about the Grand National and there are three days of great racing in prospect at Aintree. The big event will stop the nation and you can watch live streaming via Bet365 but don’t forget to look through the rest of the cards as there are some top runners and some excellent bets in prospect.