Grand National Festival Day 1 Tips & Predictions

Everything you need to know about the first day of the Grand National Festival from Aintree.

Aintree race track, home of the Grand National Festival

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The three-day Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse kicks off on Thursday 8th April 2021, with a tribute to the Merseyside city that is home to the world’s most iconic steeplechase.

The modern Aintree is a testament to a resurgent city of Liverpool, the regeneration of the famous dockland hub going hand-in-hand with Aintree’s rebirth as one of the finest racecourses in Britain and a fitting home to the Grand National Festival.

The opening day features the Grade 1 Aintree Bowl and Aintree Hurdle as well as top-level novices’ events over hurdles and fences.

You can watch all the Day 1 action from Aintree via live streaming when logged into MansionBet.

Betting Tips and Predictions

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Grand National Festival Day 1: Liverpool’s Day Racecard April 8th 2021

The opening afternoon from Aintree features a quartet of Grade 1 races to satisfy any jumps racing fan, with the highlights being the Aintree Bowl and Aintree Hurdle. The opening day programme in full is below.

TIMERACEDISTANCEPRIZE MONEY
1.45pmManifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)2m4f£100,000
2.20pmAnniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1)2m1f£100,000
2.50pmAintree Bowl Steeple Chase (Grade 1)3m1f£150,000
3.25pmAintree Hurdle (Grade 1)2m4f£200,000
4.05pmFoxhunters’ Steeple Chase (Class 2)2m5f£40,000
4.40pmRed Rum Handicap Steeple Chase (Grade 3)2m£90,000
5.15pmMares’ Standard Open NH Flat (Grade 2)2m1f£45,000

Race 1 – 1.45pm Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

The opening contest is fittingly a Grade 1 chase for rising stars. This race can throw together horses that have done well at the Cheltenham Festival in races such as The Arkle, RSA Chase or the Marsh Novices’ Chase.

YEARWINNERTRAINERJOCKEYODDS
2017Flying AngelNigel Twiston-DaviesNoel Fehily5/1
2018Finian’s OscarColin TizzardRobbie Power5/2
2019KalashnikovAmy MurphyJack Quinlan4/1

Race 2 – 2.20pm Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1)

The Grade 1 four-year-old hurdle is run over two-miles and a furlong and can reunite protagonists from the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham on this flatter circuit. In 2019, Pentland Hills became the latest horse to win both races at the UKs major spring festivals for trainer Nicky Henderson.

YEARWINNERTRAINERJOCKEYODDS
2017Defi Du SeuilPhilip HobbsBarry Geraghty4/11fav
2018We Have A DreamNicky HendersonDaryl Jacob2/1
2019Pentland HillsNicky HendersonNico de Boinville11/4

Race 3 – 2.50pm Aintree Bowl Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

The feature staying chase at the Aintree Festival, the Bowl was originally intended as a consolation for horses beaten in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham but is now a major Grade 1 in its own right. Paul Nicholls has won the race a record four times.

YEARWINNERTRAINERJOCKEYODDS
2017Tea For TwoNick WilliamsLizzie Kelly10/1
2018Might BiteNicky HendersonNico de Boinville4/5fav
2019KemboyWillie MullinsRuby Walsh9/4fav

Race 4 – 3.25pm Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1)

Run over 2m4f, Aintree’s Grade 1 hurdle for older horses is less of a speed test than it’s Cheltenham counterpart but no less demanding. Buveur d’Air, in 2017, was the last horse to complete the major double.

YEARWINNERTRAINERJOCKEYODDS
2017Buveur d’AirNicky HendersonBarry Geraghty4/9fav
2018L’Ami SergeNicky HendersonDaryl Jacob5/1
2019SupasundaeJessica HarringtonRobbie Power15/2

Race 5 – 4.05pm Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase (Class 2)

The Foxhunters’ is the key race on the Aintree programme for amateur riders and produces a fitting test of their credentials over some of the toughest jumps in Britain.

YEARWINNERTRAINERJOCKEYODDS
2017DineurMicky BowenJames King16/1
2018BalnaslowGraham McKeeverDerek O’Connor11/2
2019Top WoodKelly MorganTabitha Worsley14/1

Race 6 – 4.40pm Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase (Grade 3)

A competitive handicap chase over two-miles named in honour of one of the Grand National greats, this fiercely run contest isn’t one for the faint of heart.

YEARWINNERTRAINERJOCKEYODDS
2017Double W’sMalcolm JeffersonBrian Hughes8/1
2018BentelimarCharlie LongsdonJonathan Burke10/1
2019Moon Over GermanyHenry De BromheadRachel Blackmore11/2

Race 7 – 5.15pm Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat (Grade 2)

A concluding Grade 2 Mares’ bumper to complete the day one programme at Aintree, the race is run in memory of Nickel Coin, the winner of the 1951 Grand National.

YEARWINNERTRAINERJOCKEYODDS
2017Dame RoseRichard HobsonAlain Cawley14/1
2018Getaway Katie MaiJohn QueallyJamie Codd15/8fav
2019The Glancing QueenAlan KingWayne Hutchinson5/1

Betting Promotions for Grand National Festival Day 1

You can watch every race from Aintree on day one of the Grand National Festival via live streaming when logged into MansionBet. We’ll have the latest odds in the lead-up to Aintree and special offers and promotions across the three days of the Festival itself; including – extra-place races, best odds guaranteed and new customer offers.

Also be sure to check out the horse racing section of our blog for daily tipping advice from our racing experts on all three days of the Grand National Festival.

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