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Aintree Race Course

The Aintree race course first opened its doors on 7th July 1829 and hosts the prestigious annual Grand National horse race, one of the UKs biggest and most popular horse racing events.

Aintree was originally used as a flat racing course, before the steeplechase was introduced in 1836. It is now considered to be one of the most difficult courses to complete successfully, it is home to some of the most lethal fences anywhere on the horse racing circuit.

The Grand National attracts bets, from eager punters, that usually exceed the £100 million mark. In 2013, betting on the race topped £150 million for the first in its history.

Racing at Aintree runs from late October and continues into mid-June. There are hospitality suites, an equestrian centre and even a golf centre.

Betting at Aintree Races

Betting at Aintree can be done through one of our many bookies offers available on pages throughout our website.

Or, if you are fortunate to be at the course visit the tote, or one of the many on-course bookmakers. You’ll find them located at the front of the grandstand, and don’t feel obliged to go with the first one you come across. They all offer different odds, so have a shop around for the best ones.

There is also a racecourse betting shop at Aintree that operates in the exact same way as a high street bookmaker. You can also pop in and place a bet on another course, so you don’t have to miss out.

Each bookmaker on the course will offer the standard win-only or each-way bet to punters. These betting rules are universal and apply to bets placed online via online bookmaking sites. Remember to take a look at our horse racing tips of the day, we offer free tips and odds to extremely enhance your chances at the races.

Aintree Racecourse Winners

Happy Racegoers at Aintree enjoying the days action.

Aintree Betting Tips & Winners

Some of the best winners at Aintree have come from the annual Grand National event, check these out on the Grand National page if you want to discover more about these fortunate punters.

For the latest Aintree betting tips or odds on upcoming events check out our daily horse racing tips page.

You’ll find tips specific to this course here too, when an event is on:

Aintree Tip of the Day:

The Aintree Race Course

Aintree Race Course

The course totals 4 miles and is known for hosting one of the UKs most flamboyant steeplechase horse races.

Large crowds can flock to Aintree to savour the atmosphere and the ground is capable of happily containing an audience of 75,000.  That’s a good capacity for any stadia and Aintree is one of the best in handling such vast crowds for a horse race.

There’s no stipulated dress code for Aintree but dress smart, it’s the way of the horse race and is usually adopted by all race goers.  The big event of the year at Aintree is obviously the National, on this day no sportswear or fancy dress is permitted. National day draws in the smartly dressed in hats to boot, it can become a showcase for the fashion conscious.

A day out at Aintree is a treat on many fronts, this applies to cuisine and beverages too.  On the big event days, you’ll find street food stalls serving traditional food stuffs to hog roasts. There’s a mobile costa too and a Champagne bar for your breakfast treat. Bottled drinks and the usual tapped beers are available and the Champagne bars offers deli sandwiches along with hot dishes.

Best Course Winner

The most successful horse to run the Aintree racecourse is Red Rum, winning the Grand National on this circuit in 1973, 1974 and 1977. He also managed second place in the race in 1975 and 1976.

It was Donal McCain who trained Red Rum, running him along the beach at Southport, building up his stamina and getting him in to the shape that made him a great victor.

Aintree Horse Racing Fixtures

DateRace Type

Saturday 29th Oct 2017 Jump – Turf – Afternoon

Saturday 11th Nov 2017 Jump – Turf – Afternoon

Saturday 9th Dec 2017 Jump – Turf – Afternoon

Thursday 12th Apr 2018 Grand National Thursday

Friday 13th April 2018 Ladies day

Saturday 14th April 2018 Grand National Day

Friday 18th May 2018 Jump – Evening – Turf

Friday 15th June 2018 Jump – Evening – Turf

Sunday 28th October 2018 Jump – Afternoon – Turf

Saturday 10th November 2018 Jump – Afternoon – Turf

Saturday 8th December 2018 Jump – Afternoon – Turf

Getting to Aintree Race Course

Located on the outskirts of Liverpool, close to the M57 and M58 junction:

Aintree Racecourse
Ormskirk Rd
L9 5AS

General Enquiries:  0151 523 2600