Aintree Races Today 2024 – Cards, Tips & Results for Today’s Racing at Aintree

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Aintree Racecourse Profile & History – Home of the Grand National

Aintree races today

Historians agree that the sport of horse racing in the Liverpool / Merseyside area dates back to Tudor times. During the Eighteenth Century, we know that the sandy beaches of Crosby were used for races. The beginnings of Aintree races today date back to 1829 when the Earl of Sefton agreed to lease land for Flat racing.

It’s not events on the level that this track is synonymous with, however, but the Grand National – the world’s most famous steeplechase. Officially first held in 1839, some sources make the case that when the Liverpool Grand Steeplechase was inaugurated threes year earlier, this was the origin of this unique stamina test. These prototype Grand National races were at Maghull rather than Aintree Racecourse, though.

Officially called the Grand National from 1847, the growth of steam trains and the railways during the Victorian era helped to make this a popular horse racing venue. It has remained that way ever since. Inside of the famous Grand National circuit, the Mildmay course was added in late 1953 so standard steeplechases, and later hurdle races, could be run.

As well as major meetings in early December and April, Aintree Racecourse also has a Sunday card towards the end of October and one on a Saturday in November. There are a couple of Friday nights for summer jumpers in May and June that coincide with York races on the Flat. There are just eight race days a year at this track owned by The Jockey Club, expanding to nine from 2023 with a new Boxing Day card. We’ll look at the big meetings in more detail below.

The Jockey Club Racecourses

Aintree Racecourse is one of The Jockey Club’s 14 tracks in the UK today. You’ll find them all cross England from Cumbria to the Cambridgeshire-Suffolk border, and Merseyside to Devon. Get the lowdown on each course:

Configuration of Aintree Races Today

Whether horses tackle the Mildmay or Grand National courses, they race left-handed. Aintree Racecourse is just outside Liverpool close to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The Mildmay course is sharp with a complete circuit just less than a mile-and-a-half round. Hurdle races have three flights to jump in both the back straight and home straight.

Any steeplechases on the Mildmay course, although over standard fences, are pretty tight with that inside the hurdles track. There are eight jumps in total here with open ditches taken as the second of four in the back straight and the middle of three in the home straight. There is a cross fence on the turn for home four out. The run-in on the Mildmay course is significantly shorter than when horses complete the Grand National circuit.

Grand National Course

A word or two now on the famous fences. There are only five times in the jumps season when the Grand National course is used for races at Aintree today. That is for the Grand Sefton Chase in November, the Becher Chase in December, and on three occasions during the Randox Grand National Festival in April. A complete circuit of Aintree races today is about two-and-a-quarter miles with a run in of almost 500 yards or two-and-a-half furlongs.

There are 16 different fences on the Grand National course at Aintree with 14 of those jumped twice in the track’s feature race. All covered with spruce, after the first two obstacles is an open ditch called Westhead. Following another two jumps is Becher’s Brook and then the Foinavon Fence, one of the smallest on the circuit.

The Canal Turn comes next and horses face a 90 degree change in the course. Valentine’s Brook is the ninth fence on a complete circuit. Three more fences five feet tall, with the middle one being another open ditch, follow. After this are two smaller obstacles including the last on the second circuit, but first time round horses must tackle The Chair next.

This is the biggest obstacle on Aintree Racecourse at five-foot-two. After this is the Water Jump, the 16th, smallest and last fence on the first circuit before horses go round again in the Grand National. Although made safer in recent years, these obstacles remain the acid test of jumping for a National Hunt racehorse.

Key Aintree Racecourse Fixtures

There are four meetings of Aintree races today that contain particularly important events. Kicking off with the Old Roan Chase card in late October, then the Grand Sefton Chase fixture in November and Becher Chase in December, even those the pale in comparison to the three-day Grand National Festival in April.

Key Aintree Racecourse Fixtures Feature Race(s) When
Old Roan Chase Card Old Roan Chase October
Grand Sefton Chase Meeting Grand Sefton Chase November
Boylesports Becher Chase Day Becher Chase December
Boxing Day Racing Formby Novices’ Hurdle Boxing Day
Grand National Festival Aintree Bowl, Aintree Hurdle, Melling Chase, Topham Chase, Grand National April

Old Roan Chase Card

The first meeting of the core jump seasons involving races at Aintree today is their Old Roan Chase card towards the end of October. This is usually the penultimate or last Sunday of the month. A Grade 2 limited handicap chase over 2m 4f, the Old Roan has an illustrious roll of honour. Check out the full race programme below:

Old Roan Chase Card Race Name Class of Race Type of Race Distance
Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (0-130) Class 3 4yo+ Handicap Hurdle 3m ½f
Vieux Lion Rouge Veterans’ Handicap Chase (0-150) Class 2 10yo+ Handicap Chase 3m 1f
Old Roan Chase (Limited Handicap) Grade 2 4yo+ Handicap Chase 2m 4f
Price Street Maiden Hurdle Class 3 4yo+ Hurdle Race 2m 4f
Jewson Handicap Hurdle Class 2 4yo+ Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f
St Helens Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (0-135) Class 3 4yo+ Handicap Chase 3m 1f
Bispham Road Mares’ Open National Hunt Flat Race Class 4 4yo-5yo Bumper 2m 1f

Grand Sefton Chase Meeting

Thanks to a recent move, the first time in the course of the National Hunt season that those famous Grand National fences are in use is for the Grand Sefton Chase on the first Saturday in November. Supporting this feature handicap is a valuable conditions hurdle at Aintree race today with the complete card in full here:

Grand Sefton Chase Meeting Race Name Class of Race Type of Race Distance
National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle Class 3 4yo-6yo Hurdle Race 2m 4f
Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (0-135) Class 3 4yo+ Limited Handicap 3m 1f
0-130 Handicap Chase Class 3 4yo+ Handicap Chase 2m
Pertemps Qualifier (0-150) Class 2 4yo+ Handicap Hurdle 3m ½f
Grand Sefton Chase Class 2 6yo+ Handicap Chase 2m 5f
BoyleSports Hurdle Class 2 4yo+ Hurdle Race 2m 4f
Junior National Hunt Flat Race Class 4 3yo Bumper 2m 1f

Boylesports Becher Chase Day

Clashing with Tingle Creek day at Sandown races in December is the Becher Chase card. Aintree races today use the Grand National course for the feature contest. The Becher Chase is an unofficial trial for the big race in April. No longer on the Mildmay course, the Grade 2 Many Clouds Chase has been lost from the programme. This is the complete card, which once again includes the rescheduled Houghton Mares’ Chase from Carlisle:

Becher Chase Day Races Class of Race Type of Race Distance
Novices’ Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier Class 3 4yo+ Hurdle Race 2m 1f
BoyleSports Best Odds Guaranteed On Racing Beginners’ Chase Class 2 4yo+ Steeplechase 2m 4f
0-120 Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Class 4 4yo+ Handicap Hurdle 3m ½f
0-145 Handicap Chase Class 2 4yo+ Handicap Chase 2m 4f
BoyleSports Becher Chase Premier Handicap 6yo+ Handicap Chase 3m 2f
BoyleSports Extra Place Races Handicap Hurdle Class 2 4yo+ Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f
BoyleSports Daily Money Back 2nd Juvenile Hurdle Listed 3yo Hurdle Race 2m 1f

Boxing Day Racing – Formby Novices’ Hurdle

A new addition to the horse racing calendar from 2023 is Boxing Day racing at Aintree. This is a busy day for sport in general. Competing with a comprehensive list of horse racing fixtures, The Jockey Club has moved the Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle from Sandown and its January slot to headline this card instead. This 2m Grade 1 contest at Aintree races today is now called the Formby Novices’ Hurdle. Here is all the Boxing Day racing on Merseyside:

Aintree Boxing Day Races Name Class of Race Type of Race Distance
Challenger Mares’ Hurdle Qualifier (0-120) Class 4 3yo+ Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f
Middle Distance Series Veterans’ Handicap Chase (0-150) Class 2 9yo+ Handicap Chase 2m 4f
Formby Novices’ Hurdle (Formerly Registered as the Tolworth) Grade 1 4yo+ Hurdle Race 2m ½f
William Hill Epic Value Handicap Hurdle Class 2 4yo+ Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f
William Hill Epic Boost Handicap Chase (0-130) Class 3 6yo+ Handicap Chase 3m 1f
Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase Class 3 4yo+ Handicap Chase 2m 4f
William Hill Stories Open National Hunt Flat Race (Bumper) Class 4 4yo-5yo Bumper 2m 1f

Grand National Festival

The Grand National Festival is as big as jumps racing gets in the UK outside of the Cheltenham Festival the previous month. Traditionally in early April and starting on a Thursday lasting three days, this is the biggest meeting at Aintree Racecourse in the entire season. There are 11 Grade 1 races, plus the Grand National itself, across the cards. Let’s look at each day in turn:

Grand National Meeting Day 1 Races

The opening day of the Grand National Festival has one handicap, a National Hunt Flat race (also called a bumper), a hunter chase over the big fences, two hurdle races and two standard steeplechases. Both the Betway Bowl and Aintree Hurdle share top billing on the Thursday card. This is what the Grand National meeting day 1 has to offer:

Grand National Festival Day 1 Races Class of Race Type of Race Distance
Manifesto Novices’ Chase Grade 1 5yo+ Steeplechase 2m 4f
Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle Grade 1 4yo Hurdle Race 2m 1f
Aintree Bowl Chase Grade 1 5yo+ Steeplechase 3m 1f
William Hill Aintree Hurdle Grade 1 4yo+ Hurdle Race 2m 4f
Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase Class 2 6yo+ Hunter Chase 2m 5f
Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase Premier Handicap 5yo+ Handicap Chase 1m 7½f
Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race Grade 2 4yo-6yo Bumper 2m 1f

Grand National Ladies Day Races

Ladies Day during the Grand National Festival sees the big fences again in use for Aintree races today in the Topham Chase. Like the National itself, this is run as a handicap. The Grade 1 Melling Chase is the big race on the Mildmay course, supported by some long distance novice events and a couple of handicap hurdles. This is what Ladies Day at Aintree looks like on the track:

Ladies Day Grand National Races Class of Race Type of Race Distance
Mildmay Novices’ Chase Grade 1 5yo+ Steeplechase 3m 1f
William Hill Handicap Hurdle Premier Handicap 4yo+ Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f
Trustatrader Top Novices’ Hurdle Grade 1 4yo+ Hurdle Race 2m ½f
My Pension Expert Melling Chase Grade 1 5yo+ Steeplechase 2m 4f
Randox Topham Chase Premier Handicap 5yo+ Handicap Chase 2m 5f
Cavani Sartorial Menswear Sefton Novices’ Hurdle Grade 1 4yo+ Hurdle Race 3m ½f
Lydiate Handicap Hurdle *Conditional Jockeys And Amateur Riders’ Race) Class 2 4yo+ Handicap Hurdle 2m ½f

Grand National Day Races

Every single horse race at Aintree on Grand National day has graded status. It almost goes without saying that this is a big occasion for the sport in general. The chief supporting race on the Mildmay course is the Liverpool Hurdle, one of three Grade 1s on the card. There are also Grade 3 handicap hurdles and chases plus a Grade 2 bumper. Here’s the Grand National day card in full:

Grand National Day Races Class of Race Type of Race Distance
Birdle Road Handicap Hurdle Premier Handicap 4yo+ Handicap Hurdle 3m ½f
Turners Mersey Novices’ Hurdle Grade 1 4yo+ Hurdle Race 2m 4f
William Hill Handicap Chase (Registered as the Freebooter Handicap Chase) Premier Handicap 5yo+ Handicap Chase 3m 1f
JRL Group Liverpool Hurdle Grade 1 4yo+ Hurdle Race 3m ½f
Randox Grand National Premier Handicap 7yo+ Handicap Chase 4m 2½f
Maghull Novices’ Chase Grade 1 5yo+ Steeplechase 1m 7f 176y
Weatherbys Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Registered as the Aintree Championship Bumper) Grade 2 4yo-6yo NH Flat Race 2m 1f

Today’s Aintree Race Card

Towards the top of this page, that’s where the Aintree racecard today can be found if there’s a meeting on. We list all of the horse racing cards for today so you can see what courses host action. Looking at Aintree today’s race card contains all the elements you need to help you find and place bets.

That includes prices of every runner from the best horse racing betting sites in the UK right now. Our racecard for Aintree today has that and more details about every horse in each race from trainer and jockey info to highlighting previous course and/or distance winners, plus the silks they carry.

Looking at the Aintree race card today offers some handy extras too. Besides what’s happening in the coming hours, you can view tomorrow’s racecards for the next day as well. This lets you take an early peek at the market for those events beyond today’s race card at Aintree. It can be very useful and may provide some value.

No Aintree race card for today is more important than one that shows you the latest Grand National odds for the world’s most famous steeplechase. These tell you which horses the bookies think will go well over the unique spruce covered fences. Take a look at the race card for Aintree today above for more.

Aintree Tips Today

There are Aintree races today tips available if there’s a meeting on Merseyside. If you’re looking for value horse racing tips with the case made by experts, then we can help. They look at today’s racing at Aintree in detail for all sorts of angles. Every type of punter should find something they like. That is the beauty of our Aintree racing tips on SportsLens.

Whether you like to play at bigger prices each way, try a spot of buying selling horse racing spreads or even the trusty Placepot bet on the Tote, we’ve got you covered. These are just some of the ways our experts give tips for Aintree races today available on site. A horse racing NAP may also be running on Merseyside, while one or more legs of the daily Lucky 15 could feature from this track too.

What sets our racing tips for Aintree today apart from the competition is we also tap into what industry insiders fancy. Big names in horse racing that aren’t afraid to put up betting tips on the best of the action. Aintree races today tips include some of the hottest races in the National Hunt calendar.

There is one race in particular that we’re thinking about. We’re happy to give Grand National tips on the Merseyside marathon even if there is a maximum field of 34 to go through. If tips for Aintree today include the world’s most famous steeplechase, then it’s a big day at the track. The whole Grand National Festival is pretty special each April, so we’re committed to finding you Aintree races winners today. Here are the current fancies:

Latest Tips for Aintree Races Today

Today’s Racing Results at Aintree

View Aintree races today results as they come in by using the racecards. These automatically update to show the result in another tab when it’s been made official. See all of today’s horse racing results at Aintree when the jockeys have weighed in. This lets you know how each runner in a race got on. Aintree results today may be worth following for tomorrow.

And while we’re on that subject, just as the race cards let you look forward to the next day of action on the track, you can also look back. Supporting results for Aintree today are yesterday’s racing results, which give you a great idea of stable form. This is all part of the service. Taken together, yesterday’s and today’s Aintree results provide an up to date picture of everything happening on Merseyside during the Grand National Festival.

Great Place to Get Grand National Results

Aintree racing results today are significant at that meeting because of the 11 Grade 1s on the Mildmay course. The one everyone betting is looking out for, though, is Grand National results from the latest edition of the world’s most famous steeplechase. Aintree races today results remind you which horses got round the big fences.

Today’s racing results at Aintree could include other events on the Grand National course. We’re talking about the Grand Sefton, Becher Chase and Topham Chase, for instance. Aintree race results today could thus be important for the big race or another event like the Betway Bowl or Melling Chase. There is plenty to keep tabs on.

That is why we launched fast results at Aintree today – a top level account of what happened on the track. This is all about the winner and placed horses and the starting price (SP) that bookmakers returned them at. Getting Aintree races results today quickly lets you know if you’ve turned a profit or not. All you have to do is check the fast service. We make these racing results at Aintree today available for free!

The Last Word on Aintree Races Today

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