Aintree Tips and Racecourse Guide
Since hosting its first meeting back in 1829, Aintree Racecourse has become a world-famous venue for National Hunt racing, and is best known for the annual running of the Grand National, which is one of the most-watched events in world sport.
Located in Merseyside and just outside Liverpool, the racecourse is owned by the Jockey Club and hosts some top-class racing through the year, with the feature Grand National meeting also playing host to several top-class contests, including the Grade 1 Aintree Bowl and Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle.
Race Sharp provides free tips for all meetings at Aintree throughout the year, including a detailed betting guide to the 2022 Aintree Grand National.
I used to begin my form study for this great race by looking for very experienced horses who had had at least a sighter of these fences, but you need to move with the times and now I feel this is a race that typically goes to younger, less exposed chasers post the modifications.
In the last five years, this race has been won by horses aged eight or nine, so it makes sense to focus on that age group and look for horses with confirmed stamina profiles.
Willie Mullins saddles the fancied Burrows Saint and I think 10-1 is a very attractive price for a horse that promises to stay and has been minded for this race by the master trainer.
Raced just nine times over fences, Burrows Saint has had three quiet runs this season and that makes far more appeal to me than when compared to favourite Cloth Cap, who won the Hennessy back in November. I would have preferred Paul Townend in the saddle, but nevertheless, I think he has a strong chance of being placed at the least.
5.15pm Aintree – 0.5pt each-way Burrows Saint @ 10-1 (Betvictor, 6 places)
Aintree Top Trainers (2020/21)
1. Dan Skelton 5 wins (17%)
2. Paul Nicholls (pictured) 4 wins (12%)
3. Stuart Edmunds 2 wins (50%)
4. Nick Alexander 2 wins (50%)
5. David Pipe 2 wins (25%)
Aintree Top Jockeys (2020/21)
1. Dan Skelton 5 wins (17%)
2. Charlie Hammond 2 wins (100%)
3. Jack Kennedy 2 wins (33%)
4. Rachael Blackmore 2 wins (20%)
5. Danny McMenamin 2 wins (20%)
How to get there
The easiest way to reach Aintree is by train with Merseyrail. Aintree Station is directly opposite the racecourse, where regular trains run every 15 minutes on race days (more frequently during The Randox Grand National Festival).
If you are travelling to Aintree from outside of the Liverpool City Region, Lime Street is the main train station within the city centre. Liverpool Central station is just a short walk from Lime Street, where you can catch a train to Aintree.
An Uber costs about £15 from Central Liverpool to the racecourse and takes half an hour (though can take longer on racedays).
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is 16 miles away and the drive takes around half an hour.
Aintree Top Races
G1 Manifesto Novices’ Chase
G1 Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle
G1 Betway Bowl
G1 Aintree Hurdle
G1 Top Novices’ Hurdle
G1 Mildmay Novices’ Chase
G1 Melling Chase
G1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle
G1 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle
G1 Maghull Novices’ Chase
G3 Aintree Grand National (Handicap)