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Aintree Horse Races

Aintree Horse Races
Aintree Racecourse is a leading National Hunt racecourse located just outside of Liverpool in the North West of England and is one of the world’s most famous race courses thanks to hosting the Grand National, arguably the world’s biggest race.

With so much great action from Aintree racecourse, the great news for all racing fans is that you can watch all of the action live online via our live Aintree racing stream partners.

It has never been easier to watch Aintree races live as our partners bring you each and every race live from Aintree racecourse.

Main Races: Grand National

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Step 2: Click on “Horse Racing”, found at the left hand side of the page, in the darker area for desktops or at the top of the page on mobile devices.

Step 3: Find the race that is of interest to you and so long as a square with a > symbol appears, you can watch live.

Step 4: Click on the text stating the race (on the left hand side) and then on the play symbol to watch along live.

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Aintree Races Live

Live action from the course can be watched throughout the Grand National meeting and also from all other race meetings at the Aintree with other popular races including the Old Roan Chase in October and both the Grand Sefton Steeplechase and Becher Chase that are run in December.

Due to the huge popularity of the Grand National race, many of Aintree’s jumps are iconic in the sporting world with The Chair, Foinavon, Valentine’s Brook, Canal Turn and Becher’s Brook all feared by jockeys and known by not only racing fans but also by the general population.

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Watch each and every race from Aintree racecourse, including the Grand National, live online via our live Aintree racing stream partners.

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Whilst Aintree is one of the worlds most famous and iconic race courses and for 1 week a year it becomes the focus of not only the racing world but also the sporting world, at other times of the year it can be difficult to watch live racing action from Aintree racecourse.

That at least was the case until recently but now you can watch each and every race live from Aintree. Best of all, you can pick and choose to watch just the races you want to watch.

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All of the live horse racing streams featured on GGTV are 100% legal and 100% safe. Many websites feature illegal streams that simply steal the content direct from the likes of At The Races and Racing UK and whilst there may be a small cost to watch the races via legal streams (but let’s face it you are likely to be betting on the action anyway!) you can be sure that there are no computer viruses and/or other nasty’s infecting your computer/phone/tablet when watching.

So How is GGTV Different?

The streams that we feature here on GGTV are offered by bookmakers who have paid for the rights to bring you live horse racing action, so you can watch races that you have bet on.

What Can You Watch?

Different bookies have different services with some only focusing on the UK and Ireland whilst some bring you the action from all around the world. If you are after a specific race, please visit our preview section or for all races from a specific track, check out our track guides.

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Watch Racing From Aintree

When it comes to iconic racing venues, there are few that can match the status of Aintree and prestige of Aintree and whilst much of that is down to hosting the Grand National – arguably the biggest race in the world- the course hosts a number of events throughout the year, all of which can be watched live online via our Aintree races live stream partners.

The Liverpool course has a long history which can be dated back to July 1829, when the first race meeting was held.

Originally, the course only hosted flat racing with steeplechasing not starting up until 1836. Since then the jump course at the track has developed into one of the biggest challenges in world racing as horses face a challenge of 16 now iconic fences including the Chair, Foinavon, Valentines, Canal Turn and Beechers Brook.

The fences at Aintree, aside from the water jump, are covered with spruce which makes it unique amongst British racecourses.

Alongside the Grand National, there are other races that jump all of the fences featured in that race including the Topham Chase, the Fix Hunters Chase, the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase and the Becher Chase.

The most iconic race not just at the course but in British racing is the Grand National which is held at the course in April every year.

The National, as many know the race as, is a grade 3 race run over 4 miles and 514 yards which is for horses aged 7 years and older.

The race usually features a huge field of around 40 horses and despite the challenge and length f the race, the lead often changes down the 494 yard home straight with the iconic horse Red Rum been the most successful horse in the race with 3 wins and 2 second places.

Aside from the Grand National, Aintree hosts a number of notable races over both the steeplechase course and the hurdle course.

If hurdle racing is your favourite choice of action, top races include the likes of the Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices Hurdle (a grade 1 race run over 2 miles and 4 furlongs), the Aintree Hurdle (a grade 1 race run over 2 miles and 4 furlongs), the Top Novices Hurdle (a grade 1 race run over 2 miles and 110 yards), the Sefton Novices Hurdle (a grade 1 race over 3 miles and 110 yards), the Gaskells Handicap Hurdle (a grade 3 race run over 3 miles and 110 yards), the Mersey Novices Hurdle (a grade 1 race run over 2 miles and 4 furlongs) and the Liverpool Hurdle (a grade 1 race run over 3 miles and 110 yards).

If steeplechase racing is your prefeed type, there are a number of races held over the iconic fences of Aintree including the Manifesto Novices Chase (a grade 1 race run over 2 miles and 4 furlongs), the Betway Bowl (a grade 1 race run over 3 miles and 1 furlongs), the Red Rum Handicap Chase (a grade 3 race run over 2 miles), Midmay Novices Chase (a grade 1 race run over 3 miles and 1 furlong), the Melling Chase (a grade 1 race run over 2 miles and 4 furlongs), the Topham Chase (a grade 3 race run over 2 miles, 5 furlongs and 110 yards), the Maghull Novices Chase (a grade 1 race run over 2 miles), the Old Roan Chase (a grade 2 race run over 2 miles and 4 furlongs), the Grand Sefton Steeplechase (a handicap race run over 2 miles, 5 furlongs and 110 yards), the Becher Chase (a grade 3 race run over 3 miles and 2 furlongs) and the Many Clouds Chase (a grade 2 race run over 3 miles and 1 furlong).

No matter if you are wanting to watch the Grand National, any of the fantastic steeplechase and hurdle races above or any other race from the iconic Aintree racecourse, the great news is that not only can you want them all but it has never been easier to do so.

All of the online bookmakers featured on this page bring you each and every race live from Aintree racecourse via their incredible live streaming services.

Whilst there is a wagering requirement that must be met before you can watch the action from Aintree live, the chances are that if you are looking for a live stream of Aintree races, you are also wanting to bet on the action, so why not choose to bet with one of the bookies on this page who allow you to watch along live.

Cheer on your backed horse over some of the world’s most iconic fences as it races around Aintree racecourse and hopefully onto a win in front of the huge grandstands at one of the world’s most iconic and famous venues.

Choose Where To Watch Racing From Aintree

All of these bookies offer live Aintree races streaming, choose your favourite or simply the bookie requiring the lowest stake (the bet you need to place to watch live horse racing via the bookmaker).

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Watch The Best Races Live From Aintree

As one of the world’s leading horse racing courses, it is no surprise that the track is host of many of the best horse races held each year and the great news for all fans of the sport is that these must watch races can all be enjoyed live online via the great Aintree races live stream services found on this very page.

Here are our picks of the must watch horse races held at Aintree that can be streamed live.

Month Meeting
Race Name
Race Type
Grade
Distance
April Grand National Manifesto Novices Chase Chase Grade 1 2m 4f
April Grand National Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices Hurdle Hurdle Grade 1 2m 1f
April Grand National Betway Bowl Chase Grade 1 3m 1f
April Grand National Aintree Hurdle Hurdle Grade 1 2m 4f
April Grand National Red Rum Handicap Chase Chase Grade 3 2m
April Grand National Top Novices Hurdle Hurdle Grade 1 2m 110y
April Grand National Mildmay Novices Chase Chase Grade 1 3m 1f
April Grand National Melling Chase Chase Grade 1 2m 4f
April Grand National Topham Chase Chase Grade 3 2m 5f 110y
April Grand National Sefton Novices Hurdle Hurdle Grade 1 3m 110y
April Grand National Champion Standard Open NH Flat Race NH Flat Grade 2 2m 1f
April Grand National Gaskells Handicap Hurdle Hurdle Grade 3 3m 110y
April Grand National Mersey Novices Hurdle Hurdle Grade 1 2m 4f
April Grand National Maghull Novices Chase Chase Grade 1 2m
April Grand National Liverpool Hurdle Hurdle Grade 1 3m 110y
April Grand National Grand National Chase Grade 3 4m 2f 74y
October October Meeting Old Roan Chase Chase Grade 2 2m 4
December December Meeting Grand Sefton Steeplechase Chase Handicap 2m 5f 110y
December December Meeting Becher Chase Chase Grade 3 3m 2f
December December Meeting Many Clouds Chase Chase Grade 2 3m 1f

Don’t forget that you can watch all of the great action from Aintree racecourse live via our Aintree races live stream partners that can be found on this very page.

If you do choose watch live via one of the great streaming services of the online bookmakers that we feature, you will need to be aged 18 or over, have a funded account and meet the wagering requirement but the chances are that if you are wanting to watch live racing from Aintree online, the chances are that you are also interested in betting on the action, so why not bet with a bookie that allows you to watch along live?

History of Aintree Racecourse

When it comes to horse racing tracks around the world, there are a few that stand out as the most famous and iconic and the ones that instantly come to mind not just for fans of the sport but also for the general public.

One such racecourse is Aintree, thanks in part to its hosting of the Grand National and thanks in part to the other great events it has hosted throughout its history including the British Grand Prix.

It is therefore no surprise that a course with the prestige of Liverpool’s number 1 racing event has a long and fascinating history full of iconic moments.

The sport of horse racing in and around the city dates all of the way back to Tudor times, with organised races first established on the sands of Crosby beach in the 18th century.

As the sport underwent change and the need for a more professional approach was needed and the need to be able to charge those in attendance, land was needed to build an enclosed track and it was William Lynn, the owner of the cities Waterloo Hotel, who approached the then Lord of Sefton, William Philip Molyneux, about leasing some of his land.

Thankfully for racing fans the Earl was a huge fan of the sport himself and it didn’t take too much convincing, so it was no surprise when building soon started and the foundation stone was laid in 1829.

The course’s first meeting was held on the 7th of July 1829 and with a brand new grandstand in place, fans cheered on Mufti, who won the opening race at the course called the Croxteth Stakes, run over 1 mile and 2 furlongs.

It is said that a meeting with Martin Beecher, a top hurdle racer of the time, and William Lynn, led to the course hosting what is now known as National Hunt racing and it was the army captain who went on to enjoy 2 wins at the first day of hurdle racing.

That led to a partnership of sorts, with Beecher helping establish the first Liverpool Grand Steeplechase. The race was first run on the 29th of February 1836 and it was captain Beecher who won the race, so it is very fitting that the race, now of course known as the Grand National, featuring the iconic Becher’s Brook named in his honour.

There is some disagreement as to whether that first running was the first ever Grand National or if that took place in 1839 and there is some disagreement as to whether the race took place at Aintree between 1836-1838, with many claiming it took place at the nearby Maghull course.

By 1839 the race had grabbed the attention of the aristocracy, with the Lords of Derby, Wilton, Sefton, Eglinton, and Lord George Bentinck all backing a national race to be run at the course.

With a crowd of 50,000 in attendance, this running is often believed to be the first Grand National proper and with the great and good of society involved, the records books has a constant recording of things from here on in so this is the race that records for the Grand National begin.

Over the next few years, the health of William Lyn deteriorated and Edward William Topham took over as the major influence for the race. This led to a change from a weight-for-age set up into a handicap race by 1843 and in 1847 the name changed to the Grand National- which has of course kept to this very day.

By the turn of the 20th century, the race had developed into the biggest and most valuable race on the National Hunt calendar but that was impacted by the outbreak of the first world war.

Although the 1914 and 15 editions went ahead, in 1916 the course was requisitioned by the home office so a new race, named the Racecourse Association Steeplechase, was run at Gatwick- now home to the international airport.

Racing returned to the course in 1919 but was stopped once again with the outbreak of the 2nd world war as it was used as a storage depot and as abase for US Army personnel.

The race returned in 1946 but the next big change for came a year later in 1947, when the Grand National was first run on a Saturday.

In 1949 the course was bought by the Topham’s who added a new race to Aintree called the Topham Trophy and by 1953, the Midway steeplechase course was opened as a smaller version of the Grand National course.

The very future of Aintree racecourse was in doubt for some time, starting in 1964, when Mrs Topham announced that she was looking to sell the course for housing and that led to every race been run at the course for the next couple of decades been known as ‘the last’ xyz.

There were plans for a number of the biggest races at the course to move elsewhere, with the Grand National set to move to Doncaster.

In the early 1970’s the course was bought by a property developer, who instead of closing the course tried what is known known as a ‘cash grab’ by tripling the attendance fee and that led to a record low crowd of the National and low crowds across the board for meetings across the season.

Thankfully, whilst the developer remained the owner of the course, he put over the management to the Ladbrokes Group and they helped to revitalise the course and the main meeting held there and that in many ways saved Aintree as a racing venue and save the Grand National as the United Kingdom’s biggest race.

One the changes made was to stop flat racing at the course and to concentrate fully on jump and hurdle racing and thanks to the course been sold to the Jockey Club in the early 1980’s, the infrastructure of Aintree was improved.

Firstly, the majority of the grandstands at the course were removed, with just the County Stand remaining although that was fully renovated and extended by the late 1980’s.

In the early 1990’s, a brand new stand was opened and named in honour of the Queen Mother and by the end of the decade another new stand was opened and named in honour of the Princess Royal.

More investment was made in the mid-2000’s when a new parade ring, weighing room and winning enclosure was opened in 2006. A new bar and museum was opened to the public and by the end of the 2000’s, 2 new stands were opened and named in honour of the Earl of Derby and Lord Sefton.

In 2015, the old weighing room and winners enclosure were named in honour of A.P. McCoy, with the bar named McCoy’s.

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