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Horse racing at Aintree
Aintree is home to the most fabulous steeplechase in the world, the Randox Health Grand National. Horse racing over jumps at the Merseyside track was introduced in 1839. The Grand National course is a unique test for horse and rider featuring famous fences such as the Chair, Valentine’s and Becher’s Brook. All fences bar the water jump are covered with spruce, unlike at any other course. Four other races take place over the National fences. These are the Topham Chase and the Fox Hunters’ Chase at the Grand National meeting, and the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase and Becher Chase in November. The record for the most victories in the Grand National is held by Red Rum, who won three times in the 1970s in addition to coming second twice. Within the large National course there is also the smaller Mildmay course, containing traditional hurdles and fences. There’s top Grade 1 contests such as the Aintree Hurdle and Betway Bowl take place on it during the Grand National meeting in April. The former has been won by some of the greatest hurdlers of all time, including three times by Monksfield between 1977 and 1979, Dawn Run in 1984 and Istabraq in 1999.
Awesome Aintree betting tips on offer at Hurdle Bet
The first big jumps meeting to come under the Hurdle Bet spotlight and receive Aintree betting tips attention is the meeting in December, featuring the Becher Chase and Grand Sefton Chase. The former has been a key trial for the Grand National, with Earth Summit (1998), Amberleigh House (2001) and Silver Birch (2004) all triumphing before going on to land the big one. Horses placed in the race have also performed well in the National, including most recent Aintree shopwiece winner One For Arthur. At the three-day Grand National meeting in April there are a number of excellent Grade 1 supporting contests. Annie Power won the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last year before following up with a facile success in the Aintree Hurdle. The Betway Bowl was won in 2014 and 2015 by Silviniaco Conti after failed bids to land the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Cue Card triumphed in the 2016 renewal only to be beaten when defending his crown by Tea For Two with Lizzie Kelly on board. Horses that run at the Cheltenham Festival have a big say in the outcome of these, so checking out top Aintree betting tips at Hurdle Bet is a must.