Grand National Festival Day 3 Tips & Predictions

Grand National Day is one of the highlights of the racing year, and we have the latest news and previews here.

Horses race past the main stand at the Grand National

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Saturday 9th April 2022 is the culmination of three days of terrific jumps racing on Merseyside, as Aintree braces itself for all the thrills, spills and intense emotion of the Grand National – the world’s most iconic steeplechase.

Steeped in history and loved by fans of racing and sport the world over, the Grand National is a display of endeavour, ability, talent and true determination in equine and human form.

Betting Tips & Predictions

Get the latest betting tips for every race on Day 3 of the Grand National Festival by clicking the race names below:

1.EFT Systems Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
2.Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
3.Maghull Novices’ Steeplechase (Grade 1)
4.Ryanair Stayers’ (Liverpool) Hurdle (Grade 1)
5.Handicap Steeplechase (Listed)
6.Grand National Steeplechase (Grade 3)
7.Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle (Conditionals/Amateur riders)

Grand National Festival Day 3: Grand National Day Racecard April 9th 2022

The Grand National is the centrepiece of three days of intoxicating sporting action at Aintree, but the supporting Saturday card lacks nothing in terms of high-class racing to get punters in the mood for the main dish. The full Saturday programme is below.

13:45EFT Systems Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)2m4f£70,000
14:25Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)2m½f£100,000
15:00Maghull Novices’ Steeplechase (Grade 1)3m1f£100,000
15:35Ryanair Stayers’ (Liverpool) Hurdle (Grade 1)2m4f£70,000
16:15Handicap Steeplechase (Listed)2m5f£150,000
17:15Grand National Steeplechase (Grade 3)3m½f£1,000,000
18:20Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle (Conditionals/Amateur riders)2m1f£50,000

Race 1 – 13:45 EFT Systems Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

A Grade 3 handicap over timber to begin The National card at Aintree. This is a race trainer David Pipe has won three times since 2011.

2021Hometown BoyCiaran Gethings6/1fav
2019Aux Ptits SoinsHarry Skelton11/1
2018Mr Big ShotTom Scudamore7/1fav
2017Fountains WindfallDavid Noonan11/1

Race 2 – 14:25 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

One of three Grade 1 contests supporting the Grand National, this has been won in recent times by classy operators like Simonsig, Nichols Canyon and Finian’s Oscar.

2021My DrogoHarry Skelton5/4fav
2019Reserve TankRobbie Power20/1
2018Black OpNoel Fehily3/1
2017Finian’s OscarRobbie Power3/1fav

Race 3 – 15:00 Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

This routinely finds a high class winner, with Sprinter Sacre and Special Tiara amongst the winners in the last decade that have gone on to win the Champion Chase at Cheltenham in their careers.

2021ShiskinNico de Boinville1/8fav
2019OrnuaDavy Russell3/1joint-fav
2018Diego Du CharmilHarry Cobden5/1
2017San BenedetoNick Scholfield4/1

Race 4 – 15:35 Liverpool Hurdle (Grade 1)

Aintree’s Grade 1 Stayers’ Hurdle immediately precedes the Grand National and has provided some thrilling recent finishes. Big Buck’s dominated this race with four wins from 2009 for Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh.

2021Thyme HillTom O’Brien5/2fav
2019If The Cap FitsSean Bowen7/1
2018Identity ThiefSean Flanagan14/1
2017YanworthBarry Geraghty9/4fav

Race 5 – 16:15 Handicap Steeple Chase (Listed)

A handicap that has been dominated by British-trained horses, with no Irish winner since Gold Options all the way back in 1991.

2021HappygoluckyDavid Bass11/4fav
2019KildisartDaryl Jacob8/1
2018Thomas PatrickRichard Johnson3/1fav
2017Sizing CodelcoRobbie Power10/1

Race 6 – 17:15 Grand National Steeple Chase (Grade 3)

The main event of the Aintree spectacular is the Grand National itself, a race simply steeped in sporting history and capable of producing spell-binding racing theatre. In 2019, Tiger Roll became the first horse since Red Rum to win a second National when he retained his crown under Davy Russell.

2021Minella TimesRachael Blackmore11/1
2019Tiger RollDavy Russell4/1fav
2018Tiger RollDavy Russell10/1
2017Rule The WorldDavid Mullins33/1

Race 7 – 18:15 Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle (Conditional Jockeys’ and Amateur Riders’)

The final race of the three-day Aintree meeting is left to the Conditional Jockeys’ and Amateur Riders’ to enjoy centre stage.

2021Knappers HillMegan Nicholls8/1
2019Chief JusticeJamie Codd13/2
2018Havana BeatJames Nixon12/1
2017ChesterfieldDaniel Sansom8/1
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