Coach trips and self-drive packages including ticket and hotel
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When: 08 April 2017
Where: Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool L9 5AS
Memorable Moments: 2015 – Leighton Aspall wins the Grand National for the second year running on Many Clouds
1997 – The first year when The Grand National took place on a Monday due to bomb threats from the IRA
1993 - 'was the race that never was' when the starting tape failed to rise correctly causing a void result
1973 – Red Rum's first victory
Since its very first race back in 1839, The Grand National has been billed as the pinnacle of ambition for owners, trainers and jockeys worldwide and you'll discover this too when you hop on coach trips to The Grand National. Not only is it the most famous steeplechase in the world but it also provides one of the biggest tests for racehorse and rider as they negotiate two circuits of The Grand National course, jumping 30 fences over four and a half miles.
Every year on Friday the infamous 'Ladies Day' occurs, where visitors showcase their unique style and fashion within every enclosure. One lucky race-goer will win a host of prizes for being selected as 'the most stylish race-goer' at The Grand National meeting. There is fantastic racing to match the fantastic fashion on display including The John Smith's Melling Chase, The Topham Chase and the John Smith's Handicap Hurdle.
On the Saturday all eyes turn to Aintree for the greatest steeplechase in the horse-racing calendar. Fans of all ages will enjoy Grand National coach tours where you can try to predict the winner, place your bets and then feel the adrenalin rush as the horses wait to gallop to the finish line. Rule the World ridden by teenage jockey David Mullins shocked all bookmakers by coming in to win the race at 33/1.
Tours start from around £100.00 per person and each package to The Grand National tends to include: return coach travel (except self-drive), overnight accommodation in a quality hotel with breakfast, hotel-to-venue transfers plus ticket to the event. There could be a possibility to upgrade your Grand National tickets for a supplement fee per person.
2016 Grand National Results:
2016 Grand National Winner: Rule the World ridden by David Mullins
2016 Second Place: The Last Samurai ridden by D Bass
2016 Third Place: Vic Canvas ridden by R Dunne
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A few essentials for the Grand National.
What do I wear?
Aintree is relaxed about what you can and can’t wear. There’s no real dress code.
Smart dress is encouraged and many racegoers think that looking the part adds to the excitement. Big hats are fun but optional. Sports clothes not allowed. Be practical, prepared and comfortable.
What do I take with me?
It’s early April, so a brolly is a must as is a newspaper to help you to pick a winner. Take a camera for snapping great photos of the day and binoculars so that you can see close-up action. And don’t forget a little cash - you’ll want have a flutter.
How do I pick a winner?
Look for a nine or ten year old horses carrying between 10-07 to 11-05 in weight, horses that have previously run well at Aintree are to be favoured. Only three grey horses have ever won the National. French trained horses normally struggle in the race but Irish runners perform well.
Where should I watch from?
There are five grandstands with seating options and prices - roof positions, terrace tickets and unreserved seating in the Steeplechase enclosure. The County stand is directly in line with the winning post and the Aintree mound is another good vantage point to follow the race.
Is there anything else to do?
There’s a lot to do at Aintree Racecourse. Learn about the race’s history or sit in the weighing-in chair at the Visitor Centre. Take in the art of the National at the gallery or visit Red Rum’s statue and grave. There’s even a nine-hole golf course.
Where can I eat and drink?
There are plenty of places to get a drink and a bite to eat at Aintree. Eleven on-course restaurants have everything from buffet style dining, afternoon teas and three course a la carte lunches. Your own food and drink isn’t allowed on the racecourse and you can only picnic in the Steeplechase car park.
What if I’m in a wheelchair?
No problem. Aintree has made the course available to as many racegoers as possible. Disabled toilets, lowered betting counters, raised platform viewing, wheelchair accessible catering and disabled parking are all there to help you to enjoy your day.
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Address: Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, L9 5AS
How to get there: All coach packages will include transfers directly to the venue. Aintree station is conveniently located across the road from the racecourse. If travelling by car then easy access can be gained from the A59 road just off the M57/M58.