Aintree Grand National Festival 2023 weather forecast, going and ground conditions

Swot up on the latest going ahead of the big one!

Horses jump a fence at Aintree


Aintree has experienced weather extremes ahead of the Grand National which has seen the track conditions wildly fluctuate.

The dreaded word ‘firm’ began to slip into the going description at the start of the week before rainfall put the track in lovely condition for Thursday, the opening day of the Grand National Festival.

Clerk of course Sulekha Varma applied 4-5mm of water overnight but a further 3.6mm fell from the sky during the second day of the meeting to soften things up.

If you’re planning to have a punt on any of the 21 races at the Aintree Grand National Festival, it’s only wise to do your research about the conditions. You never know, drying ground or a bit more cut could ruin your bet…

We like to think we’re helpful folks here at Paddy Power News so we’ve got the weather vane out and done a spot of amateur meteorology to bring you the latest forecast as well as the official going at Aintree Racecourse.


Aintree Going

The latest inspection on Saturday, April 15 at 11:21am has the official going at Aintree Racecourse as Good to Soft, Soft (in places) on the Grand National course and Good to Soft on the Mildmay and Hurdle course.

Aintree Weather Forecast

As previously mentioned, nearly 4mm of rain fell on Friday but the forecasters are optimistic about the weather for Grand National Day on Saturday as it is tipped to be dry with sunny spells.

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 Saturday, April 15:

13:45: Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)
14:25: Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap)
15:00: Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
15:35: Liverpool Hurdle (Grade 1)
16:15: Freebooter Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap)
17:15: Randox Grand National (Premier Handicap)
18:20: Weatherbys Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (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.

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