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Aintree Betting Tips

See what the profitable tipsters at OLBG are backing at Aintree throughout the year including the Grand National meeting in April.

After the predictions, you will see a full Aintree racecourse betting guide full of hints and tips to help you back more winners at Aintree.  For today's racing tips from all courses please head to the main page for horse racing tips.

Aintree Racecourse Betting Guide

The home of the world-famous Grand National Aintree has been holding race meetings since the 1800s. The Grand National is regarded as the ultimate test for jumpers with the fences some of the stiffest on a UK track and the most infamous. 

The Chair, Valentines, and Becher's Brook are etched into racegoers' subconscious with many a wager going west at those infamous fences. 

The Grand National is a British institution where all the family gathered around the TV to watch 40 seasoned handicappers negotiating the 4-mile test. 

Aintree solely races over jumps with around 7 meetings a year. 

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Type of Racing: National Hunt Only. 

Highlights: The big meeting is the three-day Grand National festival in early April and all of the major races we have covered in trend blogs, you can find links in the Aintree Festival Schedule

Old Roan Chase Day takes place in October, the Grand Sefton in November and both the Becher Chase and Many Clouds Chase are staged in December over the national fences is usually a good pointer and prep for Grand National contenders.

TV Channel: Racing TV & ITV (Grand National Meeting)

* All statistics below are based on the previous five years at Aintree

Aintree Outright Favourite Statistics

  • Handicap Chases: 20-68 (29%) +1.05
  • Handicap Hurdles: 15-44 (34%) +11.97
  • Non-Handicap Chases: 12-30 (40%) -1.26
  • Non-Handicap Hurdles: 20-54 (37%) -10.49
  • Aintree Racecourse Map

    Grand National Course: Left handed and flat, the fences command plenty of respect although have been modified in recent years for safety reasons. Suits galloping types who travel, jump well and have the stamina to see out the distance with the long run in after jumping the last fence.

    Mildmay Course (chase & hurdles): Left handed and flat, very sharp in nature and can suit front runners and strong travelling types as long as the jockey gets the pace fractions right and does not use up too much energy too quick. The chase course obstacles need plenty of respect as races here are generally run at a fast pace which does test the fencing of seasoned handicappers. A short run in after the last fence leaves little margin for error at the final obstacle.

    Racecourse Address: Ormskirk Rd, Aintree, Liverpool L9 5AS

    Racecourse Telephone Number: 0151 523 2600

    To buy tickets for a race day at Aintree, head over to their official ticket booking webpage

    Aintree National Hunt Racecourse Map
    Aintree National Hunt Racecourse Map
  • Aintree Jockey and Trainer Statistics

    Who are the best national hunt jockeys and trainers to bet on at Aintree?

    Daniel Skelton has produced a total of twenty-two winners at Aintree racecourse and with an LSP of +44.50, they top the winner's list for trainers who also show a profit. If you are more of an eachway player then you may want to know which trainer is best to follow at Aintree and that would be Miss Lucinda V Russell who shows the best eachway LSP which is +36.61 thanks to their seven placings (three winners). N J Henderson does not have a great record at Aintree, their LSP of -61.00 has them stone dead bottom of the trainers' list, which has come from seventeen winners from one hundred eighteen runners which is a 14% strike rate.

    Not only is Harry Skelton the most successful jockey at Aintree in terms of the number of winners but they have also returned a profit if back all of their rides, Harry Skelton has notched up a total of twenty-two winners for an LSP of +68.50. If you are looking for a jockey to follow in the eachway market then it is Derek R Fox who leads the way at Aintree, they have had a total of five placings which includes three winners over the previous five years for an eachway LSP of +38.36. A total of four winners from seventy-five rides at Aintree has Tom Scudamore at the wrong end of the jockeys' list with their 5% strike rate and worst LSP of -51.10.

    Aintree Top Jockey and Trainer Combinations

    Here are the best trainer and jockey combinations here at Aintree based on the number of winners:

    • 21 Wins: Daniel Skelton & Harry Skelton
    • 9 Wins: N J Henderson & Nico Boinville
    • 7 Wins: P F Nicholls & Harry Cobden
    • 6 Wins: N A Twiston-Davies & Sam Twiston-Davies
    • 6 Wins: Olly Murphy & A Coleman

    Aintree Top Trainers By Most Winners and a Level Stakes Profit

    Trainer R-W-P Win EW
    Daniel Skelton 157-22-57 +44.50 +7.68
    Gordon Elliott 52-7-16 +5.50 -8.94
    Henry De Bromhead 38-5-11 +8.50 -6.02
    Dr R D P Newland 38-5-15 +7.71 +1.85
    Melanie Rowley 14-5-6 +6.35 +0.93
    P Bowen 29-4-6 +9.75 -1.75
    Ian Williams 26-4-6 +21.00 +4.59
    N W Alexander 13-4-5 +34.00 +18.58
    M F Harris 9-4-4 +22.33 +10.00
    Miss Lucinda V Russell 30-3-7 +45.50 +36.61

    Aintree Top Jockeys By Most Winners and a Level Stakes Profit

    Jockey R-W-P Win EW
    Harry Skelton 130-22-56 +68.50 +30.38
    A Coleman 67-13-26 +22.00 +4.25
    M P Walsh 18-5-10 +11.66 +4.94
    R M Power 25-4-9 +12.00 +3.65
    J W Kennedy 22-4-8 +20.50 +8.07
    D N Russell 16-4-8 +7.50 +2.42
    Daniel McMenamin 25-3-5 +20.00 +5.95
    Rachael Blackmore 24-3-5 +9.50 -2.80
    Derek R Fox 19-3-5 +56.50 +38.36
    C O'Farrell 18-3-4 +12.00 +3.58

    Preview and Analysis for the Grand National

    The 2023 Grand National will take place on Saturday 15th April at Aintree racecourse with the race due off at 5.15 pm.

    On the day of the race, you will be able to find out the best bets for the grand national above. The race itself is the most valuable jump race in Europe.

    The prize fund is £1,000,000 with £500,000 of that going to the winner. On the day of the race, you can read our tipster's preview and analysis for the grand national.

    The race has undergone changes in recent years. Previously run over 4m4f, in 2013 the trip was reduced to 4m2f (74yds).

    Also changes to the fences themselves to make them safer for the horses. During the race, the runners will have to contend with thirty fences.

    These include the likes of the famous Becher's Brook, Foinavon, Canal Turn, Valentines and The Chair so when considering the Grand National predictions, you need a good jumper.

    The field will consist of no more than forty runners. Because of this is it worth shopping around, and many bookies will be paying extra places.

    So consider this when looking for good each-way bets for the grand national from our racing tipsters.

    OLBG Tipsters Best Bets for the Grand National

    On the evening prior to the running of the 2023 Grand National and also on the day itself, you will see the Grand National race listed above, look for the 5.15 Aintree.

    The best bet for the grand national will be listed, this will be the runner which has received the most tips from our racing tipsters.

    To view more Grand National predictions, click on the race name. On the event page, listed at the top are the most popular tips for the Grand National.

    Also, our best tipsters tip for the Grand National. This is the tipster who has tipped on the race and shows the best twelve months' profit.

    All forty Grand National runners will be listed. Meaning, you can see how many of our tipsters predict each runner to win.

    If you are looking for good each-way bets for the Grand National then take note of the EW tips.

    Each runner will have comments which are left by our racing tipsters, these are previews and analyses for the Grand National.

    They give you an insight into why the tipsters believe they are top bets for the Grand National.

    Factors to Consider with the Top Bets for the Grand National

    Things to consider when looking at the Grand National predictions. Seven of the last nine winners carried under eleven stones to success. Do the top bets for the Grand National pick out these runners? 

    Ten of the last thirteen winners had run within the past thirty-five days is another factor to consider when looking at the Grand National predictions.

    Another factor to consider when looking at the best bets for the Grand National is seasonal runs. You need a runner who has seen a racecourse a few times this season.

    Those who had no more than two starts that season prior to the Grand National have not produced a winner from two hundred and twenty-four runners since 1997.

    If you are looking for good each-way bets for the Grand National then focusing on the predictions for 8yo to 10yo runners is a good start.

    These have filled 75 places over 25 races. While those carrying under eleven stone have produced 71 places over 25 races.

    How to get the best Grand National tips

    Check the dedicated Grand National Guide website for all the key statistics on the big race.

    Visit the OLBG horse racing tips pages to view the tips and comments by the top horse racing tipsters.

    On the OLBG forum, there is a whole section specifically for the Grand National where horse racing tipsters discuss their selections. 

    Because the grand national course at Aintree is a fair course you do not get so many “unlucky in running horses”. It is wide enough for horses to have enough room and not crowd each other, leading to truly run races. The best horse at Aintree does generally run well. 

    You should really treat the Grand National meeting (early April) as a one-off. The meeting is so prestigious that trainers make plans all season and target particular runners for these three days. 

    For the rest of the season’s meetings look for well-balanced horses whose jumping is sound and give a wide berth to horses that have fallen at other tracks, Aintree may be too much of a test for those animals that do not jump perfectly. 

    Donald McCain Jnr is the son of Aintree legend Ginger McCain who won the Grand National four times, including three wins by the greatest national horse of all-time Red Rum. Because of this connection look out for any horses entered at Aintree by Donald McCain Jr. 

    With the Grand National meeting normally a maximum of a month after Cheltenham trainers whose horses ran well but didn’t win at Prestbury Park often look to improve on their Cotswold run with a win at Liverpool. In 2019 there were 14 Aintree winners who had run at Cheltenham the previous month. 

    With so much history at Aintree the race trends are worth noting, trainer Jonjo O’Neill, for example, has a great record over the National fences with 5 wins and 8 places from 76 runners, one of his patrons is the businessman JP McManus, horses running in his gold and green colours should always be noted at Aintree. 

    Look for extra place offers on big handicaps at Aintree, the bookmakers know horse racing tipsters like betting at Aintree and go out of their way to attract punters. Bet Victor, Paddy Power and William Hill often offer enhanced place terms on these big handicaps, check out the OLBG Bookmakers Guide for the latest offers and promotions.

    If you are going racing at Aintree today then be sure to download the OLBG App for all the up-to-the-minute Aintree tips from OLBG horse racing tipsters.

    Aintree Festival Schedule - Day One

    Below is the schedule for the Aintree Festival with links to each race blog as well as information for last year's winners.

    Aintree Festival races for Thursday 13th April 2023

    Race 2022 Winner Info
    13:45 Cheltenham
    Manifesto Novices Chase
    Millers Bank (GB)
    8yo - 7/1
    Alex Hales
    Kielan Woods
    14:20 Cheltenham
    Anniversary 4YO Juveniles Hurdle
    Knight Salute (GB)
    4yo - 14/1
    Milton Harris
    Paddy Brennan
    14:55 Cheltenham
    Bowl Chase
    Clan Des Obeaux (FR)
    10yo - 13/2
    Paul Nicholls
    Harry Cobden
    15:30 Cheltenham
    Aintree Hurdle
    Epatante (FR)
    8yo - 2/1
    Nicky Henderson
    Aidan Coleman
    16:05 Cheltenham
    Foxhunters Chase
    Latenightpass (GB)
    9yo - 7/2
    T Ellis
    Miss Gina Andrews
    16:40 Cheltenham
    Red Rum Handicap Chase
    The Last Day (IRE)
    10yo - 12/1
    Evan Williams
    Adam Wedge
    17:15 Cheltenham
    Nickel Coin Mares Bumper
    Ashroe Diamond (IRE)
    5yo - 9/4
    W P Mullins
    Mr P W Mullins

    Aintree Festival Schedule - Day Two

    Aintree Festival races for Friday 14th April 2023

    Race 2022 Winner Info
    13:45 Cheltenham
    20 Years Together Handicap Hurdle
    Langer Dan (IRE)
    6yo - 4/1
    Dan Skelton
    Harry Skelton
    14:20 Cheltenham
    Top Novices Hurdle
    Jonbon (FR)
    6yo - 1/1
    Nicky Henderson
    Aidan Coleman
    14:55 Cheltenham
    Mildmay Novices Chase
    Ahoy Senor (IRE)
    7yo - 4/1
    Lucinda Russell
    Derek Fox
    15:30 Cheltenham
    Marsh Chase
    Fakir Doudairies (FR)
    7yo - 10/11
    Joseph Patrick OBrien
    Mark Walsh
    16:05 Cheltenham
    Topham Chase
    Mac Tottie (GB)
    9yo - 8/1
    Peter Bowen
    Sean Bowen
    16:40 Cheltenham
    Sefton Novices Hurdle
    Gelino Bello (FR)
    6yo - 7/2
    Paul Nicholls
    Harry Cobden
    17:15 Cheltenham
    Park Palace Ponies Handicap Hurdle
    Hacker Des Places (FR)
    5yo - 10/1
    Paul Nicholls
    Angus Cheleda

    Aintree Festival Schedule - Day Three

    Aintree Festival races for Saturday 15th April 2023

    Race 2022 Winner Info
    13:45 Cheltenham
    EFT Construction Handicap Hurdle
    Party Business (IRE)
    6yo - 11/2
    Ian Williams
    Charlie Todd
    14:25 Cheltenham
    Mersey Novices Hurdle
    Three Stripe Life (IRE)
    6yo - 5/2
    Gordon Elliott
    Davy Russell
    15:00 Cheltenham
    Maghull Novices Chase
    Gentleman De Mee (FR)
    6yo - 7/2
    W P Mullins
    Mark Walsh
    15:35 Cheltenham
    Liverpool Hurdle
    Sire Du Berlais (FR)
    10yo - 16/1
    Gordon Elliott
    Mark Walsh
    16:15 Cheltenham
    Betway Handicap Chase
    Sam Brown (GB)
    10yo - 28/1
    Anthony Honeyball
    Aidan Coleman
    17:15 Cheltenham
    Grand National
    Noble Yeats (IRE)
    7yo - 50/1
    Emmet Mullins
    Mr Sam Waley-Cohen
    18:20 Cheltenham
    Champion Standard Open NH Flat Race
    Lookaway (IRE)
    5yo - 28/1
    Neil King
    Jack Quinlan

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