The Aintree Hurdle is the other big race on Grand National day and the 2013 renewal looks set to be one of the best for years as we are sure to get plenty of the Champion Hurdle horses from Cheltenham heading north to Aintree. The New One finished second in this race 12 months ago and is the hot favourite to go one better this time around after finishing an unlucky third in the Champion Hurdle last month.
The Champion Hurdler from 2012, Rock On Ruby, is likely to be the main threat to the favourite with the Harry fry trained horse reverting back to the smaller obstacles after a failed chasing career.
15:05 Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1)
1.The New One - S Twiston-Davies - N Twiston-Davies - 4/9F
2.Rock On Ruby - N Fehily - H Fry - 10/1
15:05 John Smith's Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1)
1.Zarkandar - P Nicholls - R Walsh - 11/2
2.The New One - N Twiston-Davies - S Twiston-Davies - 11/4F
3.Thousand Stars - W Mullins - P Townend - 10/1
14:50 John Smith's Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1) (Class 1, 2m 4f)
1.Oscar Whisky - B Geraghty - N Henderson - 9/4
2.Thousand Stars - P Townend - W Mullins - 7/1