Aintree Grand National Festival Betting & Preview 2022

A look ahead to the 2022 Aintree Grand National meeting which features some top Grade 1 racecards alongside the feature Grand National race.

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The pinnacle of the Aintree Festival is Grand National betting, with the famous race coming up on Saturday, April 9th.

It is one of the biggest days of National Hunt horse racing in the UK.

The Grand National race is the big headlining act of the meeting, but it is only a small part of the Aintree Festival.

The Aintree Grand National Festival is hosted across three days and it’s a fantastic meeting stacked with racecards from the top Grade 1 tier.

It’s another big National hunt meeting, following on from last weekend’s Scottish Grand National at the Ayr Festival.

Day 1 of the Aintree Grand National Festival – Thursday, April 7th

There are a total of four Grade 1 fixtures coming up on the opening day of the Aintree Grand National Festival 2022. It is a big day of horse racing betting.

1:45 SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 2m4f
2:20 Jewson Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m1f
2:55 Betway Bowl Chase (Grade 1) 3m1f
3:30 Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m4f
4:05 Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase 2m5f
4:40 Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 2m
5:15 Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Grade 2) 2m1f

One of the big two races of the day is the Betway Bowl Chase which features a cracking line-up for this year’s renewal.

The likes of Protektorat, Clan Des Obeaux, Eldorado Allen, Royale Pagaille and Fakir D’oudairies to name but a few, hold entries.

For the Aintree Hurdle, there is expected to be a headline showdown between Nicky Henderson’s Epatante and Gordon Elliott’s Zanahiyr.

Those two look to be the pick of a very good bunch taking on the challenge.

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Day 2 of the Aintree Grand National Festival – Friday, April 8th

Friday’s action at the Aintree includes another four Grade 1 fixtures. It’s another massive day of racing and the pick of the races is the Marsh Chase.

1:45 Orrell Park Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m4f
2:20 Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m½f
2:55 Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 3m1f
3:30 Marsh Chase (Registered As The Melling Chase) (Grade 1) 2m4f
4:05 Randox Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 2m5f
4:40 Cavani Menswear Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m½f
5:15 Lydiate Handicap Hurdle (Conditional Jockeys’ And Amateur Riders’ Race) 2m½f

The Marsh Chase (The Melling Chase) is the highlight of the day and one of the big fixtures of the National Hunt season.

This is the race in which JP O’Brien’s Fakir D’oudairies is expected to declare for and potentially dominate.

Other runners near the head of the market for this year’s renewal of the Marsh Chase include Funambule Sivola, Sceau Royal and Saint Calvados in what is shaping up to be a fascinating field.

Our Grand National betting prediction:
Snow Leopardess

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* (odds record at 05:48 GMT on April 5th, 2022 at Coral)


Day 3 of the Aintree Grand National Festival – Saturday, April 9th

The third and final day of the Aintree Grand National Festival 2022 is on Saturday and this is when the big feature race goes off.

That is the Grand National itself, one of the great spectacles in horse racing.

The Grand National is a Grade 3, and the final day of the Festival features three Grade 1 fixtures.

1:45 EFT Construction Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 3m½f
2:25 Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m4f
3:00 Poundland Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 2m
3:35 JRL Group Liverpool Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m½f
4:15 Betway Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m1f
5:15 Randox Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 4m2½f
6:20 Weatherbys Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Grade 2) 2m1f

The Grand National odds 2022 take centre stage on Saturday as the huge field takes on the gruelling trip of 4m 2 1/2f and 30 fences.

Among the early market leaders in the Grand National odds betting there is Any Second Now and Delta Work, both of which look to have superb claims of landing the big prize.

Another of the big entries is Snow Leopardess, the first mother to run in the Grand National in the last century.

She has pretty huge claims of coming up with the goods as well with some hot form behind her.

Others that pique interest in the Grand National odds include Escaria Ten, Minella Times, Filddlerontheroof and Enjoy D’Allen.

What drama awaits at the Grand National 2022 renewal?

Our betting experts will deliver the full Grand National Tips closer to Saturday when the final declarations are all in.

Latest Grand National Odds

Snow Leopardess 8/1
Delta Work 8/1
Any Second Now 8/1
Escaria Ten 10/1
Enjoy D’Allen 12/1
Eclair Surf 14/1
Fiddlerontheroof 15/1
Minella Times 15/1
Longhouse Poet 16/1
Burrows Saint 20/1
Run Wild Fred 20/1
Mount Ida 20/1
Farclas 20/1
Cloth Cap 25/1
Noble Yeats 25/1
33/1 bar
* (odds record at 05:48 GMT on April 5th, 2022 at Coral)

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