Aintree Hurdle Odds

A Grade 1 contest on the first day of the Grand National Festival, the Aintree Hurdle regularly sees best hurdlers in training lock horns in pursuit of top-level glory. 

The latest odds for the Aintree Hurdle will be listed below just as soon as they become available.

Aintree Hurdle Tips

The Aintree Hurdle is without doubt one of the biggest races of the season, with some of the best hurdlers in the UK and Ireland heading to Liverpool for a thrilling Grade 1 race during the Grand National meeting.

Our selection for the Aintree Hurdle will be here when available.

What is the Aintree Hurdle?

The Aintree Hurdle is a Grade 1 contest on the first day of the Grand National meeting. 

Held over two and a half miles, it offers something unique to the Cheltenham Festival - which doesn’t have a ‘Championship’ race over this distance, with runners either having to head for the Champion Hurdle (over two miles) or the Stayers’ Hurdle (over three miles). 

The race is in theory a hybrid of the two Cheltenham races - and runners who just lack that little bit of speed for the Champion Hurdle or the stamina for the Stayers’ usually thrive over two and a half miles at Aintree. The last horse to do the Champion Hurdle/Aintree Hurdle double was the Nicky Henderson-trained Buveur d’Air in 2017. 

What happened in the 2021 Aintree Hurdle?

Denise Foster's Abacadabras was a classy winner of the Aintree Hurdle, as the 5/1 chance got the better of the staying-on Buzz, while Millers Bank (third) and Buveur D'Air (fourth) finished best of the rest.

The history of the Aintree Hurdle

Established in 1976, the Aintree Hurdle was first run over two miles and five furlongs, before being shortened to two and a half miles in 1988.

Some legendary names have won the race over the years, including Night Nurse, Monksfield and Istrabraq. Several horses have won this race on more than one occasion, though the winning most runner is Morley Street, who won for four years running for Toby Balding between 1990-1993.  

Who is the most iconic winner of the Aintree Hurdle?

Although several iconic names have won the Aintree Hurdle over the years, none have been more prolific than Morley Street, who won four straight renewals for Toby Balding between 1990 and 1993. 

Morley Street undoubtedly saved his best form for Aintree, but he also proved his ability at Cheltenham, winning the Champion Hurdle in 1991. Although he raced on for two more seasons, Morley Street’s final career victory, rather fittingly, came when winning this race for the fourth successive year in 1993. 

Are there any trials for the Aintree Hurdle?

As a Grade 1 contest, the path to the Aintree Hurdle is a defined one, and the key contenders regularly take their chance at the Cheltenham Festival the month before - either in the Champion Hurdle or in the Stayers’ Hurdle. Earlier in the season, races to note include the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton, the Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock and the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown. 

Who is the most successful jockey in the Aintree Hurdle?

Ruby Walsh is the winning most jockey in the Aintree Hurdle, with five wins Walsh picked up his wins in the race on Ilnamar (2002), Sacundai (2003), Asian Maze (2006), Zarkandar (2013) and Annie Power (2016).

Who is the most successful trainer in the Aintree Hurdle?

Toby Balding is the winning most trainer in the history of the Aintree Hurdle, with five wins. Balding won five straight renewals of the Aintree Hurdle, courtesy of Beech Road (1989) and Morley Street (1990-1993).

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