The Steeplechase Race Of The Year
The Grand National is the most famous steeplechase in the world of horse racing and is held at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool. The race is a thorough test of a horse’s jumping and stamina with thirty fences and over four miles to cover.
- In 2021 The Grand National is from 8th-10th April.
- The Grand National 2020 has been cancelled.
- Tiger Roll is the winner of The Grand National 2018 and 2019.
It is the climax of a three-day race meeting in early April which features many championship contests, often involving horses successful at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
It is the most valuable jump race in Europe, with a prize fund in excess of £1 million. The Grand National is by far the most popular betting race of the year and attracts many “once a year” punters to have a flutter. An estimated 600 million people watch the Grand National in over 140 countries.
How much are Grand National tickets in 2020?
- Liverpool Day Thursday (2nd April): from £30-£100 depending on the seating plan.
- Ladies Day Friday (3rd April): from £43-£120 depending on the seating plan.
- Grand National Day Saturday (4th April): from £59-£115 depending on seating plan. There are no discounts available for Grand National Day.
- Hospitality Tickets Thursday-Saturday (2nd-4th April): from £125-£499 depending on hospitality plan and day. There are no discounts available for Hospitality tickets.
How The Race Changed
Steeplechasing at Aintree was introduced in 1839, though flat racing had taken place there for many years prior to this.
The appropriately-named Lottery became the first winner of the Grand Liverpool Steeplechase that year. The original course included a stone wall, a stretch of ploughed land and two regulation hurdles.
The Handicap Switch
Originally a weight-for-age contest, the race was turned into a handicap in 1843 under the guidance of handicapper Edward Topham. His family bought the course outright from Lord Sefton in 1849 and both men have races named in their honour.
Aintree and the Grand National came under threat of sale to a property developer in the early 1980’s until Ladbrokes took over to manage the race with sponsorship by Seagram Distillers. Aintree is now owned and managed by Jockey Club Racecourses.
Why Is The Grand National Unique?
The race is unique in that the fences are larger than on conventional National Hunt courses. Fences such as Becher’s and The Chairs have become famous in their own right for incidents which have happened over the years. All fences bar the water jump are covered with spruce, unlike at any other course in British National Hunt racing. It makes for one of the most thrilling spectacles in the world of sport.
Only four races are run over the fearsome Grand National fences each year. The rest of the steeplechases at Aintree are run over traditional fences on the smaller Mildmay course.
The Grand National 2020 Runners and Odds
Unfortunatelly 2020 Grand National will be remembered as the canceled race. The 2021 runners and odds are yet to be announced.
Grand National Day At Aintree Racecourse
The Grand National is quite simply one of the biggest and most exciting sporting occasions in existence, attracting hundreds of millions of viewers around the World each year. Book the horse racing experience of a lifetime now!