The Aintree Festival is three days of some of the best National Hunt season and the final big National Hunt Festival in Britain of 2017/18. The action is headlined by the Grand National, the race that all trainers and jockeys want to add to their resumes. Our experts have been preparing for months and all our tips are fully researched and have been deliberated over for plenty of time. No stone goes unturned in our quest to find you winners and plenty of value. With so many top grade handicaps, there is plenty of big priced winner’s to be found and we’ve gone hunting for them once again so you don’t have to. With so many big fields, bookmakers usually offer generous promotions including extra places in the big handicap races, including the biggest of them all, the Grand National.
The biggest race on the National Hunt calendar, the Grand National is the most well-known race of the entire campaign. A household race, it’s the race that most of the country turns on to watch and plenty have a bet hoping for their Grand National winner. We’ll have every single runner in the 2018 renewal covered in our preview, talking through the positives and negatives of each runner so you know exactly what you’re backing come race day. Plenty of bookmakers have already gone Non-Runner No Bet on the big one, which means if you back a selection now and they don’t step forward on April 14th, you’ll get your money back.
There are plenty of other races to get your teeth stuck into, with no less than eight Grade 1 races which attract some of the best horses from the UK & Ireland. The highlight of Day 1 is the Aintree Hurdle, with Buveur D’Air taking the prize twelve months ago. Day 2 is headlined by the Melling Chase, which was won last season ago by Fox Norton and is raced over the 2m 4f distance. The Grand National is the centrepiece of the Festival and headlines Day 3, though we also have the Stayers’ Hurdle to look forward which takes place just before the big one.