The Aintree Hurdle is the most prestigious hurdles event run at the Aintree Festival. The race covers a distance of 2 miles 4 furlongs, and is run by horses over the age of 4.
While the Aintree Hurdle is slightly longer than the Cheltenham Festival’s Champion Hurdle, it tends to feature a number of entries that competed in that race earlier in the season. The Aintree Hurdle has been on the Aintree Festival card since 1976.
Aintree Hurdle Betting & Trends
Age: The vast majority of Aintree Hurdle winners are aged between 5 and 10. It is rare for a 4-year-old to claim victory in this race.
Odds: Favourites have a poor record in the Aintree Hurdle, with only one antepost favourite winning the race in the last five years. Winners tend to fall under the 12/1 margin, with upsets the norm.
Jockey: Ruby Walsh has partnered 3 winners since the turn of the Millennium, while Timmy Murphy piloted Al Eile to his 3 victories in the race.
Trainer: The Aintree Hurdle put the stable of trainer, John Queally, on the map. Queally won the race three times with Al Eile. Aintree Hurdle
Tip: The favourite in this race will often be backed to below 3/1, and will rarely reward backers with a win. Therefore laying the market favourite is the best tactic for this race. The race has a tendency to produce repeat winners, so also keep back bets on previous winners as an option if you’re looking to back an entry in this race.
Aintree Hurdle Winners
A number of racehorses have won the Aintree Hurdle more than once. Morely Street set the record for race wins between 1990 and 1993, winning the race four times in a row. More recently Al Eile won the race three times, becoming the first horse to win back the title in the process. Toby Balding, trainer of Morely Street, set an impressive benchmark in the race by training the winner of the race five years in a row, with Beech Road’s win added to Morley Street’s impressive run.
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