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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 11th November Results
Time Winner Racecard
11.30 Hear No Evil 5/2 View Result
12.05 Captain Chaos 7/2 View Result
12.40 Louis' Vac Pouch 5/2 View Result
1.15 On Tour 4/1 View Result
1.50 Unowhatimeanharry 8/11 View Result
2.25 Baby King 7/2 View Result
3.00 Welsby 1/1 View Result
Sunday 29th October Results
Time Winner Racecard
11.40 On The Blind Side 2/1 View Result
12.15 Bon Chic 33/1 View Result
12.50 The Romford Pele 4/1 View Result
1.25 Bags Groove 3/1 View Result
2.00 Smad Place 12/1 View Result
2.35 Vintage Clouds 4/1 View Result
3.10 Posh Trish 2/1 View Result
Friday 16th June Results
Time Winner Racecard
6.15 Petrou 4/5 View Result
6.50 Minotaur 4/6 View Result
7.20 Vintage Vinnie 7/4 View Result
7.55 Mad Jack Mytton 7/2 View Result
8.25 Theflyingportrait 9/1 View Result
8.55 Land Of Vic 11/4 View Result
Friday 19th May Results
Time Winner Racecard
5.35 Lets Go Dutchess 9/4 View Result
6.05 Definite Future 17/2 View Result
6.40 Jacks Last Hope 6/1 View Result
7.10 Whatmore 7/4 View Result
7.45 Knight Of Noir 6/1 View Result
8.20 Virgilio 9/4 View Result
8.50 Station Master 4/1 View Result

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