EFT Systems Handicap Hurdle

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The Gaskells Handicap Hurdle is the first race of Day 3 at the Grand National Festival at Aintree.

Viva le Rol jumps a fence at the Grand National Festival

The EFT Systems Handicap Hurdle, first run in 1985, was previously known as the Oddbins Handicap Hurdle. It is a Grade 3 NH (National Hunt) handicap hurdle race in the Aintree Grand National Festival for horses aged four and older. The course run at The Aintree race track is over three miles and half a furlong, with 13 hurdles.

The race was promoted to a Grade 3 status in 2010. In 2014, the race carried the name The Dominican Republic Handicap Hurdle and in the following year, it was run as the Injured Jockeys Fund. Since 2016, it has been sponsored by Gaskells, and thus the name was changed again for sponsorship reasons.

Date10 April 2021
Start Time (GMT)13:45
Distance3m ½f
TypeSteeplechase
Prize£70,000
Where to WatchGrand National Festival live stream at MansionBet
Current FavouriteTea Clipper
Horses’ Age4+
Grand National Festival Day 3: Gaskells Handicap Hurdle

EFT Systems Handicap Hurdle: Recent Winners

YearHorseJockeyTrainer
2020*n/an/an/a
2019Aux Ptits SoinsHarry SkeltonDan Skelton
2018Mr Big ShotsTom ScudamoreDavid Pipe
2017Fountains WindfallDavid NoonanAnthony Honeyball
2016UbakJosh MooreGary Moore
*The 2020 Grand National Festival did not take place.

EFT Systems Handicap Hurdle: Tips, Predictions and Previews

Teenager Unowhatimeanharry still goes well and has won here this season, but it would be some effort off top-weight to snare this. Come On Teddy, J’ai Froid and Tea Clipper are all considered but POLISH and Southfield Harvest have plenty going for them. They finished first and third at Newbury in February over a similar trip, Fergal O’Brien’s improver coming out on top. The ex-flat horse really appeared to relish that first attempt over this distance and a 7lb rise may not stop him going close again. Southfield Harvest sports new headgear and doesn’t have a lot to find on the revised terms.

Selection: Polish @ 12/1

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