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Famous the world over as the venue of the Grand National Aintree, which is run by the Jockey Club, only races on eight days of the year. Three of those are at the Grand National meeting itself, in April, when three races are staged over the fearsome National fences - the big race itself, the Topham Trophy and the Fox Hunters’ Chase. Runners in the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase and Becher Handicap Chase in November also face Becher’s Brook, Valentines, the Chair and Canal Turn but otherwise races are run over the smaller Mildmay course, though the fences on this can also take some jumping and races on the chase and hurdles tracks are nearly always run at a fast pace. The final bend into the home straight on the flat, left-handed Mildmay course is relatively sharp but the track itself lends itself to galloping types, and those who attack the obstacles will profit more than safe jumpers.
Aintree did not stage jump racing until 1839, the Grand National being held at nearby Maghull until that date. Aintree legend Red Rum actually won on the Flat when Aintree used to stage mixed meetings but nowadays it is National Hunt racing all the way with several Grade 1 contests taking place in April, including the Aintree Hurdle and Liverpool Hurdle.
The quality of entry for the Grand National has improved since the track was modified and owners and trainers are now prepared to risk their classy chasers in the race under big weights. Henceforth, the rule about not backing a horse carrying more than 11st in the National no longer applies. Concentrate instead, on a guaranteed stayer with form in races of Grade 3 standard and higher over fences.
The racecourse is on the A59 near Liverpool, close to the M57 and M58. Liverpool Lime Street is the nearest mainline station and Aintree Station operates a service to and from Liverpool Central Station on racedays. There are regular buses from Liverpool city centre and Bootle New Strand.
Peter Bowen’s runners also warrant respect, though not so much at the National meeting, and Tim Vaughan also does well at the smaller meetings. Alan King’s chasers rewards blanket support in the autumn and spring.
Saturday 3rd December Results
Saturday 5th November Results
Sunday 23rd October Results
Friday 10th June Results