This is another landmark for the three-day Randox Health Grand National Festival, with the Randox Health Grand National remaining the richest Jump race outside of Japan at £1 million, but some of the supporting contests enjoying a monetary boost.
The full details are listed below but the main changes see Friday’s Grade One Top Novices’ Hurdle, now backed by former Grand National sponsor Crabbie’s, and Saturday’s Grade One EZ Trader Mersey Novices’ Hurdle both increased by £25,000 to £100,000.
Two handicap hurdles, the Grade Three Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle, run over two and a half miles on Ladies Day, Friday, April 7, and the Grade Three Gaskells Handicap Hurdle, the opening three-mile race on Grand National Day, Saturday, April 8, both gain £20,000 extra and are now worth £70,000.
Andrew Tulloch, Jockey Club Racecourses’ Regional Head of Racing for the North West and Clerk of the Course at Aintree, said: “We want to offer the very best in Jump racing over the three days of the Randox Health Grand National Festival.
“Prize money increases are an important part of the mix and we are very pleased to announce selective uplifts during the Randox Health Grand National Festival.
“The 2017 Randox Health Grand National Festival will be the richest ever, with prize money of £3 million, and we look forward to welcoming to Aintree all those associated with the horses taking part.”
GRAND OPENING DAY, THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017
1.40pm Manifesto Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) MC 2m 4f £100,000
2.20pm Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) HC 2m 1f £100,000
2.50pm Betfred Bowl Chase (Grade 1) MC 3m 1f £150,000
3.25pm Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1) HC 2m 4f £200,000
4.05pm Randox Health Fox Hunters’ Chase GNC 2m 5f £40,000
4.40pm Red Rum Handicap Chase (Grade 3) MC 2m £90,000
5.15pm Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ SO NH Flat (Grade 2) FL 2m 1f £45,000
Day total £725,000
LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017
1.40pm Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) HC 2m 4f £70,000
2.20pm Crabbie’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) HC 2m ½f £100,000
2.50pm Betfred Mildmay Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) MC 3m 1f £100,000
3.25pm JLT Melling Chase (Grade 1) MC 2m 4f £200,000
4.05pm Randox Health Topham Chase (Grade 3) GNC 2m 5f £120,000
4.40pm Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) HC 3m ½f £100,000
5.15pm Weatherbys Champion SO NH Flat (Grade 2) FL 2m 1f £45,000
Day total £735,000
GRAND NATIONAL DAY, SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2017
1.45pm Gaskells Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) HC 3m ½f £70,000
2.25pm EZ Trader Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) HC 2m 4f £100,000
3.00pm Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) MC 2m £100,000
3.40pm Betfred Handicap Chase (Listed) MC 3m 1f £70,000
4.20pm Liverpool Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1) HC 3m ½f £150,000
5.15pm Randox Health Grand National Chase (Grade 3) GNC 4m 2½f £1,000,000
6.15pm Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle (conditional & amateur riders) HC 2m ½f £50,000
Day total £1,540,000