Grand National Thursday: A great start to Grand National 2023

The Grand National 2023 Thursday follows hot on the tail of the conclusion of the Cheltenham Festival and is one of the most established sporting events of the year.

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The Grand National has been running at Aintree since 1839 and the four-mile steeplechase that sees forty horses jump thirty fences is one of the most iconic races around. Millions will bet on the race and the race will be broadcast all over the world.

The Grand National race can overshadow the actual Grand National meeting which lasts three days. This year the Grand National meeting will start on the 7th of April and run to the 9th April. The first day is known as Grand National Thursday.

The significance of the Grand National 2023 Thursday is increasing with each passing year. Trainers and owners are now deliberately not sending some horses to Cheltenham instead opting to keep them fresh for the Aintree meeting. Because of this recent trend, we are seeing more and more classy horses competing over the three days.

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Grand National Thursday is the opening day of the Grand National meeting and has seven quality races on the card with four of the seven races being Grade 1s. The day will be even more special as it will be dedicated to the staff of the NHS.

Grand National 2023 Thursday Race Times

Steeple Chase – The Grand National 2023 Thursday action kicks off at 13:45 pm and opens with a bang with the Grade 1 SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase which is run over a distance of two miles and four furlongs.

Juvenile Hurdle – The next Grade 1 immediately follows with the Juvenile Hurdle raced over two miles and one furlong. The action hots up with the best Chase race of the day with the Grade 1 Betway Bowl before the hurdlers retake center stage with Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle.

Hunter Chase – The Hunter Chase is a race ridden by amateur jockeys and will see up to thirty horses in the race. Unlike the Grand National itself, the horses will jump each fence once but will still jump fifteen fences in total.

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Top Contenders for Grand National Thursday

Currently leading the betting is Winged Leader who just missed out on Cheltenham glory a few weeks ago. Winged Leader ran with great credit just a few weeks ago and looked the winner before the Willie Mullins trained Billaway produced a stirring finish to nab Winged Leader on the line.

As long as his Cheltenham exploits didn’t take too much out of him he starts as a worthy favourite for the race.

A horse at bigger odds and one to potentially follow is Bob and Co. Bob and Co is owned and ridden by David Maxwell. He was a faller early on in the Hunters Chase at Cheltenham but is usually a sound jumper. He is a classy horse and could be a good option at a bigger price.