Aintree Betting Picks

See what the profitable handicappers at OLBG are wagering on at Aintree throughout the year including the Grand National meeting in April.

After the predictions, you will see a full Aintree racecourse wagering guide full of hints and tips to help you back more winners at Aintree.

For today's racing picks from all tracks please head to the main page for horse racing picks.

The OLBG Army of Tipsters will be providing their best bets for this event.
In the meantime check out the content below for more information about betting on this event.

Aintree Racetrack 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 34 seasoned handicappers negotiating the 4-mile test. 

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

Type of Racing: National Hunt Only. 

Highlights: The big meeting is the three-day Grand National festival in early April, major races include the Randox Health Grand National, Manifesto Novices Chase, Betway Bowl, Mildmay Novices' Chase, Melling Chase, Sefton Novices Hurdle, Mersey Novices Hurdle, Maghull Novices Chase, and Ryanair Stayers Hurdle.

Old Roan Chase Day takes place in October and The Becher Handicap Chase staged in December over the national fences is usually a good pointer and prep for Grand National contenders.

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

Aintree Outright Favorite Statistics

  • Handicap Chases: 23-73 (32%) +9.41
  • Handicap Hurdles: 16-45 (36%) +11.92
  • Non-Handicap Chases: 13-31 (42%) -1.96
  • Non-Handicap Hurdles: 25-58 (43%) -0.26

Aintree Racecourse Map

Grand National Track: 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 Track (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 quickly. The chase track 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.

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

Racetrack Telephone Number: 0151 523 2600

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?

Not only is Daniel Skelton the most successful trainer at Aintree in terms of the number of winners but they have also returned a profit if back all of their runners, Daniel Skelton has notched up a total of twenty-three winners for an LSP of +1.85. When looking at trainers and looking for some eachway value at Aintree then the trainer who shows the best eachway profit is Miss Lucinda V Russell, whose LSP is +53.08 which has been accumulated by a total of seventeen placings which includes seven winners. The trainer with the worst record at Aintree based on LSP is N J Henderson who has only a 14% strike rate with fifteen winners from one hundred five runners who have returned an LSP of -56.24.

When looking at the leading jockeys based on wins for those who are also showing a profit when backing all of their rides then it is Harry Skelton who comes out at the top here at Aintree With a total of twenty-two winners and an LSP of +24.85. Derek R Fox is the jockey to follow at Aintree if you are backing eachway as they show the best LSP of all the jockeys in the eachway markets, that is +42.31 which is courtesy of their seven placings (four winners). Tom Scudamore does not have a great record at Aintree, their LSP of -41.10 has them stone dead bottom of the jockeys' list, which has come from three winners from fifty-seven rides which is a 5% strike rate.

Aintree Picks & Hints

Here are some factors at Aintree for certain trainers or jockeys which have been profitable:

  • 5-9 (56%) +85.33 - Backing Miss Lucinda V Russell runners when over a trip of 3m1f

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
  • 11 Wins: P F Nicholls & Harry Cobden
  • 9 Wins: N J Henderson & Nico Boinville
  • 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

Daniel Skelton157-23-54+1.85-26.57
Fergal O'Brien57-8-13+6.29-14.40
Miss Lucinda V Russell41-7-17+70.83+53.08
Henry De Bromhead39-6-11+5.00-7.72
Melanie Rowley18-6-8+6.68+0.76
Dr R D P Newland35-4-13+8.33+3.27
P Bowen25-4-9+16.50+4.15
M F Harris12-4-4+19.33+7.00
Stuart Edmunds19-3-9+11.00+6.12
N W Alexander11-3-4+32.00+17.70

Aintree Top Jockeys By Most Winners and a Level Stakes Profit

Harry Skelton127-22-51+24.85-2.85
A Coleman65-13-24+19.28+0.56
P J Brennan39-7-9+0.03-11.27
M P Walsh23-7-15+17.91+10.09
Rachael Blackmore31-5-7+15.00-0.50
D N Russell17-5-8+3.17+0.24
Daniel McMenamin34-4-6+30.00+6.95
Tom J Cannon25-4-7+1.08-5.15
Derek R Fox21-4-7+63.50+42.31
C O'Farrell21-4-6+12.50+3.97

Preview and Analysis for the Grand National

The 2025 Grand National will take place on Saturday 12th April at Aintree Racecourse with the race due off at 4.00 pm (GMT).

On the day of the race, you will be able to find out the best wagers 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.

OLBG Tipsters Best Bets for the Grand National

On the evening prior to the running of the 2025 Grand National and also on the day itself, you will see the Grand National race listed above, look for the 4.00 Aintree.

The grand national best bet will be listed, this will be the runner which has received the most Aintree grand national picks 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 Grand National's most popular picks.

Also, our best handicappers pick 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 handicappers predict each runner to win.

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

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

They give you an insight into why the handicappers 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 ten winners carried under eleven stones to success. Do the top bets for the Grand National pick out these runners? 

Eleven of the last fifteen 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 before the Grand National have not produced a winner from two hundred and thirty-two 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 80 places over 27 races. While those carrying under eleven stone have produced 73 places over 27 races.

How to get the best Grand National picks

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

  1. Dedicated Grand National Guide
  2. View the Aintree Picks
  3. View the best horse racing handicappers

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.

Here are the numbers for Aintree winners who ran at the Cheltenham Festival a month prior and then went straight to Aintree, 2021 with just 6 winners was the first sub-10 year since 2008.

  • 2024 - 8 Winners
  • 2023 - 11 Winners
  • 2022 - 9 Winners
  • 2021 - 6 Winners
  • 2019 - 14 Winners

Aintree Festival Blogs

The three-day Grand National meeting kicks off on Thursday with four Grade 1 events on the seven-race card which features both the Aintree Hurdle and the Bowl Chase.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:45 Aintree
Manifesto Novices Chase
Il Etait Temps (FR)
6yo - 3/1
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:20 Aintree
Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle
Sir Gino (FR)
4yo - 11/10
Nicky Henderson
Nico de Boinville
14:55 Aintree
Bowl Chase
Gerri Colombe (FR)
8yo - 9/4
Gordon Elliott
Jack Kennedy
15:30 Aintree
Aintree Hurdle
Impaire Et Passe (FR)
6yo - 1/1
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:05 Aintree
Foxhunters Chase
Its On The Line (IRE)
7yo - 3/1
Emmet Mullins
Mr Derek O'Connor
16:40 Aintree
Red Rum Handicap Chase
Sans Bruit (FR)
6yo - 5/1
Paul Nicholls
Bryony Frost
17:15 Aintree
Nickel Coin Mares Bumper
Diva Luna (IRE)
5yo - 13/2
Ben Pauling
Kielan Woods

Day 2 of the Grand National meeting is Ladies Day or Fabulous Friday, the highlights on the track being the Melling Chase plus there is the Topham Chase over the Grand National fences.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:45 Aintree
Mildmay Novices Chase
Inothewayurthinkin (IRE)
6yo - 6/4
Gavin Cromwell
Mark Walsh
14:20 Aintree
William Hill National Festival Handicap Hurdle
Kateira (GB)
7yo - 5/1
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
14:55 Aintree
Top Novices Hurdle
Mystical Power (IRE)
5yo - 11/10
W P Mullins
Mark Walsh
15:30 Aintree
Melling Chase
Jonbon (FR)
8yo - 11/10
Nicky Henderson
Nico de Boinville
16:05 Aintree
Topham Chase
Arizona Cardinal (GB)
8yo - 20/1
Stuart Edmunds
Ciaran Gethings
16:40 Aintree
Sefton Novices Hurdle
Dancing City (FR)
7yo - 4/1
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
17:15 Aintree
Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle
El Jefe (IRE)
7yo - 40/1
Andrew Hamilton
Ben Smith

The Grand National is the showpiece of the Aintree meeting and day 3 also includes three Grade 1 events, the feature of those being the Liverpool Hurdle.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:20 Aintree
Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle
Gwennie May Boy (IRE)
6yo - 9/2
Dan Skelton
Charlie Todd
13:55 Aintree
Mersey Novices Hurdle
Brighterdaysahead (FR)
5yo - 6/5
Gordon Elliott
Jack Kennedy
14:30 Aintree
William Hill National Festival Handicap Chase
Cruz Control (FR)
7yo - 9/1
Tom Lacey
Stan Sheppard
15:05 Aintree
Liverpool Hurdle
Strong Leader (GB)
7yo - 8/1
Olly Murphy
Sean Bowen
16:00 Aintree
Grand National
I Am Maximus (FR)
8yo - 7/1
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
17:00 Aintree
Maghull Novices Chase
Found A Fifty (IRE)
7yo - 11/8
Gordon Elliott
Jack Kennedy
17:35 Aintree
Champion Standard Open NH Flat Race
Horaces Pearl (FR)
6yo - 14/1
Fergal O'Brien
Connor Brace

With a huge combined experience of horse racing between them, this content has been created and is maintained by Darren Brett, James Banting and Andy Powell. All of the data for Aintree Racecourse which includes the favourite statistics and the trainer and jockey statistics have been created using results from HorseRaceBase.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
James Banting

James Banting

Tipster competition assistant

James Banting, a passionate horse racing enthusiast and aficionado, brings a wealth of experience to OLBG, having attended numerous race meetings over the years. His background working with the Jockey Club provides him with a unique insider's perspective on the industry.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy is a seasoned professional with more than 15 years of experience in the field of horse racing. He has a thorough understanding of the sport, from analyzing complex statistical data to being part of a winning syndicate at the Cheltenham Festival. Andy is responsible for managing the horse racing trend blogs on OLBG.
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