Aintree Grand National Festival 2024 race times and day-by-day schedule

It’s not all about the Grand National as this week’s three-day meeting at Aintree features a stack of quality contests.

There are 11 Grade 1s between Thursday, April 11 and Saturday, April 13 at the Merseyside track including the Aintree Bowl, which looks set to be a humdinger featuring the likes of Gerri Colombe, Hewick and Shishkin.

The latter’s trainer, Nicky Henderson, will be hoping his team – minus the poorly Constitution Hill – can bounce back to form after a nightmare Cheltenham Festival, while Fergal O’Brien is likely to unleash Dysart Enos after his stable star was forced to miss the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at last month’s mega meeting.

Willie Mullins, Gordon Elliott and co are likely to cross the Irish Sea with strong squads and they will be looking to snag more big pots after dominating proceedings at Cheltenham.

The Grand National takes place on the final day of proceedings and 34 runners are set to go to post in the world’s greatest steeplechase.

You can check out the Grand National odds on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise the race times and day-by-day schedule for this year’s Aintree Festival is below.

Aintree Grand National Festival race times

The following 21 races take place over three days at Aintree:

Thursday, April 11

13:45: Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)
14:20: Boodles Anniversary 4-y-o Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1)
14:55: Aintree Bowl (Grade 1)
15:30: Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1)
16:05: Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase
16:40: Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap)
17:15: Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat (Grade 2)

Friday, April 12

13:45: Huyton Asphalt Franny Blennerhassett Memorial Mildmay Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)
14:20: William Hill Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap)
14:55: TrustATrader Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
15:30: My Pension Expert Melling Chase (Grade 1)
16:05: Randox Supports Race Against Dementia Topham Chase (Premier Handicap)
16:40: Cavani Sartorial Menswear Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
17:15: Lydiate Handicap Hurdle

Saturday, April 13

13:20: Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap)
13:55: Turners Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
14:30: William Hill Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap)
15:05: JRL Group Liverpool Hurdle (Grade 1)
16:00: Randox Grand National Chase (Premier Handicap)
17:00: Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)
17:35: Weatherbys Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Grade 2)

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