Weatherbys Champion Standard Open NH Flat

The Champion Standard Open NH Flat race is the last race on Ladies Day of the Grand National Festival.

David Bass riding Barters Hill to win the Champion Standard Open in 2019.

Established in 1987, The Weatherbys Champion Standard Open National Hunt Flat was known as The Champion Standard Open NH Flat Race before Weatherbys Racing Bank became the sponsor in 2014. The NH Flat was initially sponsored by John Smith’s until 2013 and was given its Grade Two level at the beginning of John Smith’s sponsorship in 2015.

The race is held in early April each year at the Aintree Grand National and is open to horses between four and six years of age. This flat race is 2 miles and one furlong in distance.

DateApril 8th, 2022
Start Time (GMT)17:15
Distance2m 1f
TypeNH Flat Race
Where to Watch
Horse’s Age4 – 6 years
Grand National Festival Day 2: Champion Standard Open NH Flat

Weatherbys Champion Standard Open NH Flat: Recent Winners

2021Rowland WardCharlie HammondStuart Edmunds
2019McFabulousHarry CobdenPaul Nicholls
2018Portrush TedGavin SheehanWarren Greatrex
2017LalorRichard JohnsonRichard Woollacott
2016BacardysPatrick MullinsWillie Mullins
The 2020 Grand National Festival did not take place.

Weatherbys Champion Standard Open NH Flat Tips, Predictions, and Previews

Note: the tips below refer to the 2021 Grand National Festival; updated previews will be available on the week of the 2022 Festival.

After an impressive winning debut at Taunton, THE WIDDOW MAKER is fancied for another step forward here for trainer Colin Tizzard. He did that with a minimum of fuss, beating the same runner-up as Copperless did a week later with more ease. Olly Murphy’s ride is favourite for this but, with Harry Kimber taking 7lb off, The Widdow Maker looks a better option. Leoncavallo ran a fine race at Cheltenham last month after a layoff and the Cesarewitch sixth should be suited down in trip and coming to this venue. He’s lively player for David Pipe.

Selection: The Widdow Maker @ 17/2

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