Aintree Racecard: Your ultimate guide to Thursday’s 7 races at 2023 Grand National Festival

Everything you need for the first day of Aintree in one handy place.



If you’re on the hunt for the ultimate guide to the opening day of the 2023 Aintree Grand National Festival then you’ve found to the right place. Come on in, the water’s fine…

We’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about Thursday’s action at Aintree’s April extravaganza including the racecard, tips and best bets, how to live stream all the action as well as details of the ITV Racing schedule.

Constitution Hill, the freakish winner of the Champion Hurdle, steps up in trip on could be his final appearance over timber in the Aintree Hurdle and he faces five rivals including stablemate Epatante, I Like To Move It and Zanahiyr.

The Aintree Bowl is, arguably, the hottest race of the whole meeting as A Plus Tard, Ahoy Senor and Conflated reoppose from the Cheltenham Gold Cup while Shishkin tries a staying trip for the first time in his career.


Banbridge tackles Cheltenham Festival winner Stage Star in the opener, the Manifesto Novices’ Chase, before the day’s other Grade 1, the Jewson Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle, as Triumph third Zenta meets Bo Zenith, Nusret and Scriptwriter.

A bumper field of 28 runners are primed for the Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase as we get our first sight of Aintree’s famous spruce fences, The Last Day bids for successive victories in the Red Rum Handicap Chase, before the Grade 2 Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race rounds off the afternoon action.

The latest Grand National odds can be found on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise all the key information about the opening day of the Aintree Grand National Festival is below.

Aintree Racecard

Our snazzy Racecards page has details of the runners and riders, weights, odds and Timeform’s horse-by-horse analysis for every renewal on the Aintree Grand National Festival schedule.

The following seven races take place at Aintree on Thursday, April 13:

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

Aintree Tips

Paddy Power News is the home of top tips and best bets for the 2023 Aintree Grand National Festival. Our superstar stable of pundits includes Grand National-winning jockeys Ruby Walsh and Mick Fitzgerald as well as ITV Racing expert Matt Chapman.

Aintree Live Stream

You can live stream every single race at the 2023 Aintree Grand National Festival on the Paddy Power website and via the Paddy Power app for free.

Just head to or the Paddy Power app and sign up or log in. Once you’ve done that, find the betting page for the renewal you wish to watch and click the button that says ‘Watch Live’.

Aintree TV Schedule

Paddy’s pals at ITV Racing bring you live coverage of five of the seven races on Thursday’s racecard at the 2023 Aintree Grand National Festival from 2pm on ITV1 and Virgin Media One.

A 60-minute edition of the The Opening Show builds the hype from 9:30am on ITV4.

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