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Grand National Opening Day


Bet on the Opening Day of the Grand National With William Hill

Thursday 6th April

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Join the excitement for the Grand National with Opening Day 2017 betting


Few events in horse racing are as exciting as the Grand National Opening Day. It heralds the start of three days of thunderous horse racing action, culminating in the big race itself – the Aintree Grand National. The excitement in the crowds is palpable. This is where the Grand National story will begin. There are seven races held on Grand Opening Day 2017, including the prestigious Aintree Hurdle. It is the first day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, held at Aintree Racecourse, near Liverpool. Grand Opening Day 2017 will take place on 6th April, followed by Ladies’ Day (7th April) and Grand National Day (8th April). Grand Opening Day will begin with the Manifesto Novices’ Chase at 1.40pm. You can bet on Grand Opening Day races online at William Hill, where you will also find all the results, tips and betting information you need for the Grand National Festival.



  • Thursday April 6th - Grand Opening Day Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, England
  • Friday April 7th - Ladies Day Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, England
  • Saturday April 8th - Grand National Day Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, England


  • The racegoers on Opening Day are always treated to some incredible action. They will get to see first-hand the tough Aintree Racecourse. They will also bear witness to some of the finest horses in jumps racing. Indeed, many of the star horses, riders and trainers from the Cheltenham Festival will also take part in the Grand National Festival. Grand Opening Day race winners down the years have included the likes of Dawn Run, Istabraq and Desert Orchid. With so many great races to witness, it is small wonder that Opening Day betting is incredibly popular.



    Find the best bets for Grand Opening Day online at William Hill


    2017 Opening Day starts off with a superb race at 1.40pm – the Manifesto Novices’ Chase. This Grade 1 race often features runners from the Arkle and JLT Novices Chase and is always keenly contested. The 2016 winner of the Manifestio Novices’ Chase was Arzal with Gavin Sheehan in the saddle. The race is followed by the Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle (2.20pm), which was won by Apple’s Jade last year to provide more Aintree glory for trainer Willie Mullins. The Betway Bowl is new up at 2.50pm. The irrepressible Cue Card was the latest winner of that race in 2016.



    The Aintree Hurdle (3.25pm) is the feature race of the day. It normally features plenty of runners who competed in Cheltenham Champion Hurdle. Annie Power (2016) is the most recent example of a horse doing the double of winning both races in the same year. The Aintree Hurdle 2017 could see the likes of Yanworth, Yorkhill and Petit Mouchoir go head to head for glory in the marquee race of Day 1. Opening Day 2017 will be rounded off with the Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase (4.40pm) and the Mares’ Standard Open (5.15pm).



    Opening Day is testament to the fact that the Grand National Festival is about more than just one race. Seven top class races will provide some heart-pounding drama for the crowds to take in. You can find the perfect Opening Day betting odds online at William Hill. We will cover every race of the Grand National Festival, giving you all the news, results and betting info you need for the Aintree races.



    Join us now, place your bets and celebrate Grand Opening Day of the 2017 Aintree Grand National Festival.



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