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Cruz Control wins Handicap Chase at Aintree Grand National Day

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Paul Greenwood/REX/Shutterstock (14424900aj) Derek Fox riding Ahoy Senor, left, Mark Walsh riding Corbetts Cross and Jack Kennedy riding Gerri Colombe clear the last in The William Hill Bowl Steeple Chase Grade 1 The Randox Grand National Festival 2024, Opening Day, Horse Racing, Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, UK - 11 Apr 2024

Cruz Control Secures Victory

CRUZ CONTROL has powered to victory in the Handicap Chase on Grand National day at Aintree! The results for the 2.30 race are in, with Cruz Control leading the pack at 9/1.

Full Aintree Schedule

For those following the Aintree races, here's a breakdown of the winners so far:

  • Thursday, April 11: Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase, Boodles Anniversary 4-y-o Juvenile Hurdle, Aintree Bowl, Aintree Hurdle, Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase, Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase, Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat.
  • Friday, April 12: Huyton Asphalt Franny Blennerhassett Memorial Mildmay Novices’ Chase, William Hill Handicap Hurdle, TrustATrader Top Novices’ Hurdle, My Pension Expert Melling Chase, Randox Supports Race Against Dementia Topham Chase, Cavani Sartorial Menswear Sefton Novices’ Hurdle, Lydiate Handicap Hurdle.
  • Saturday, April 13: Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle, Turners Mersey Novices’ Hurdle, William Hill Handicap Chase (won by Cruz Control), JRL Group Liverpool Hurdle, Randox Grand National Chase, Maghull Novices’ Chase, Weatherbys Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

How to Watch Aintree Races

The Aintree festival runs until Saturday, April 13, featuring seven races each day. ITV1 and ITVX will broadcast the races live, with Racing TV and bookies' websites also providing coverage. Remember to gamble responsibly and seek help if needed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What types of surfaces are horse races run on?

Horse races are held on a range of surfaces, such as synthetic tracks, turf (grass) and dirt. Horses may perform better on certain surfaces than others. Rain-soaked tracks can have a major impact on the outcome.

What are the main horse racing events in the world?

The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, which includes the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in the United States is one of the most celebrated events in horseracing. Dubai World Cup and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe are among the most prestigious races in the world. Royal Ascot is held in the United Kingdom. These prestigious events bring together the finest jockeys, trainers, and horses from all over the world.

How does handicapping work in horse racing

Handicapping is a system used in horse racing to level the playing field and give every horse an equal chance of winning. Horses receive different weights according to their past performance, and the better horses are given more weight. This system is designed to balance the competition and is a critical aspect to understand for those betting on races.

What is the importance of the bloodline of the horse in racing?

It is important to know the bloodline of your racehorse, as it will reveal its traits, such as speed, stamina or temperament. All these are crucial factors for racing success. Breeders will often look at the horse’s pedigree in order to predict its future and match stallions up with mares who have desirable characteristics.

How does betting work on horse races?

Betting odds in horse racing reflect the probability of a particular outcome. These odds are often presented as fractions or decimals to indicate the potential profit that a better could make on a successful wager. Odds may fluctuate according to how much is bet on each horse. They can also change before the race starts. An experienced bettor will keep an eye on these changes and make informed bets.


  • As of the latest reports, the horse racing industry contributes approximately $40 billion annually to the U.S. economy.
  • Australia hosts more than 19,000 horse races annually, making it home to one of the busiest racing calendars globally.
  • Horse racing is known to support roughly 1.4 million full-time jobs in the United States alone.
  • There are over 9.2 million horses in the United States, with a significant portion of these bred for the purpose of racing.
  • The Melbourne Cup, Australia’s most prestigious horse race, sees an average attendance of over 100,000 spectators each year.

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How to Read a Horse Racing Program

It is important to read the horse racing programs and understand key information regarding the races. Look at each horse’s statistics including past performances, winnings, and training. Statistics on jockeys will give you an idea of their experience and rate of success. Attention should be paid to the type and distance of race, since some horses do better in specific conditions. The program will include the horse’s race history, class, and lineage to give you an idea of its potential. Finally, you can look at morning line odds in order to get an initial idea about the horse’s chance of winning the race.