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.
The Grade 1 Jewson Anniversary 4-y-o Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree (2.20pm) hasn’t produced a shock winner for a while, but I think this course will really suit the Dan Skelton-trained Too Friendly and he is worth backing at a big price.
Like many by the sire, he has his quirks, but Camelot has had a few high-class juvenile hurdlers and the way in which he went through the race in the Boodles suggests Too Friendly has the ability to rate a good bit higher than his current mark of 126. It’s interesting that connections feel it’s worth risking his mark to run here.
He is 12lbs worse off with Brazil on that running, as well as having nearly 5L to make up, but he did very well to come from as far back as he did that day. That was his first run back from a wind op and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him build on that effort here.
Skelton has his team in excellent nick heading into what is a very important few days at Aintree for the yard and with conditions to suit, Too Friendly is overpriced to give Skelton a first top-level success since his Grade 1 double at this meeting last year.
2.20pm Aintree – 1pt each-way Too Friendly at 28-1 (various)
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)
Aintree Tips Archives
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