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Grand National Thursday is the first day of the Grand National Festival held at Aintree Racecourse, near Liverpool. It will fall on 4th April 2019, followed by Ladies’ Day (5th April, Day 2) and Grand National Day (6th April, Day 3).

The festival has sprung up around the Grand National race, which is arguably the world’s most famous horse race. However, there are now many other top races, including the Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle and Doom Bar Anniversary Juvenile Hurdle, both of which take place on Day 1.

There are seven races in total on Grand National Thursday, with elite hurdlers such as Buveur D’Air likely to contest the Aintree Hurdle. The first race of Grand National Thursday, the Manifesto Novices’ Chase, will go off at 1:40pm on 4th April.

2019 Grand National Thursday Betting Guide

The Grand National Festival goes hand in hand with the Cheltenham Festival. Many of the runners and riders will have run at Cheltenham a few weeks beforehand.

For example, the Aintree Hurdle (3:25pm) often has a similar field to the Champion Hurdle. Buveur D’Air won both those races in 2017, but skipped the race in 2018.

Another important Grand National Thursday race, the Betway Bowl, will feature several of the top chasers in horse racing. Previous winners include Silviniaco Conti and Cue Card, both of whom won the King George VI Chase. Last year’s race was won by Might Bite, with subsequent King George winner Clan Des Obeaux third.

In total, four of the seven races on Grand National Thursday are Grade 1 races. Put simply, this means that a quality field of runners and riders is guaranteed, with most having the potential to pull a win out of the bag.

However, keep an eye on the form of these horses in big events like Cheltenham and the winter festivals to get an indication of your selection’s big-race temperament.

Where to Bet on Grand National Thursday?

William Hill offers betting on every race of Grand National Thursday, as well as every other race in the 2019 Aintree Festival. You will find odds for each runner, as well as tips, results and the latest news around the Aintree races.

A racecard is provided for each race, giving you information on your selection’s form, as well as trainer and jockey details. You can place your Grand National bets online using your mobile, tablet or desktop. Ante-post betting for the 2019 Grand National race is available now, with generous odds offered for all predicted runners.

Grand National Opening Day Big Races

Race: Time: 2018 Winner: Good to Know:
Manifesto Novices Chase 1:45pm Finian's Oscar The Race is named after Manifesto, a two-time Grand National winner (1897 and 1899).
Anniversary 4-Y-Old Juvenile Hurdle 2:20pm We Have A Dream Just two of the last 10 editions went to that year's Triumph Hurdle winner.
Betway Bowl 2:50pm Might Bite Six of the last seven winners were aged eight or nine.
Aintree Hurdle 3:25pm L'Ami Serge Nicky Henderson has trained four of the last eight winners.

Grand National Opening Day - 2018 Results & Winners

Grand National Thursday 2018 saw Nicky Henderson boss proceedings, with a Grade 1 hat-trick courtesy of We Have A Dream, Might Bite and L’Ami Serge. The first and third of those winners came in the well-known two-tone green silks of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede.

Elsewhere Colin Tizzard and Robbie Power carried on where they left off after combining for multiple winners at the 2017 Grand National meeting. In the closing race on the card crack amateur rider Jamie Codd once again reminded us why any horse he rides in amateurs races tends to be heavily backed.

Race: Winner: Winning Jockey Winning Trainer:
Manifesto Novices Chase Finian's Oscar Robbie Power Colin Tizzard
Anniversary 4-Y-Old Juvenile Hurdle We Have A Dream Daryl Jacob Nicky Henderson
Betway Bowl Might Bite Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
Aintree Hurdle L'Ami Serge Daryl Jacob Nicky Henderson
Foxhunters Chase Balnaslow Mr Derek O'Connor Graham John McKeever
Red Rum Handicap Chase Bentelimar Jonathan Burke Charlie Longsdon
Aintree Mares Flat Race Getaway Katie Mai Mr Jamie Codd John Queally