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The famous festival at Aintree Racecourse is one of the biggest sporting events in the world and, while we might not be able to attend in person this year, we’re just as excited as ever.
It takes more than Covid-19 to unseat our interest in this spectacular steeplechase and with just days to go we can’t wait for the starting pistol to be fired.
As usual, there’ll be three days of racing and some serious glamming up – even if it is from the comfort of our own living rooms or gardens – as all eyes are on Aintree.
And an incredible 600million people in around 140 different countries are once again expected to tune in to watch the Randox Grand National on Saturday.
We’re proud to be the official media partner for the Ladies Day Style Award again this year, #AGrandDayIn, which is always a big highlight of the festival.
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— The Guide Liverpool (@TheGuideLpool) April 6, 2021
So, with plenty to look forward to, on and off the course, here’s everything we know so far …
The festival is on from Thursday, April 8 to Saturday, April 10. Thursday is Liverpool’s NHS Day, Friday is Ladies Day and Saturday is The Randox Grand National Day. The big race, on Saturday, is at 5.15pm.
Sadly, there’s no tickets to be had this year with viewing restricted to the telly and online – but you can register interest for next year’s big event being held from Thursday, April 7 to Saturday, April 9 and be one of the first to access tickets for the 2022 Grand National.
It’s a magical Merseyside event and, as everyone knows, it’s Scousers who really make the festival special. Aintree Racecourse had previously decided to pay tribute to the city and the people of Liverpool and this year, for obvious reasons, its fabulous NHS workers.
It’s been named in honour of, and to celebrate, the heroic NHS staff across the region.
Dickon White, Regional Director of Jockey Club Racecourses North West, said: “We’re proud to re-name the first day of the 2021 Randox Grand National as Liverpool’s NHS Day in recognition of the amazing NHS staff and volunteers. We understand just how hard the NHS and professional carers are working right now and this is our way of showing our gratitude.”
Day One of the Randox Grand National Festival features a fabulous bill of racing, headlined by the Grade One Betway Bowl. The race regularly features stars from the previous month’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, and is one of three top level events on the card.
Meanwhile, the Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase is the first of three races to be held over Aintree’s iconic Grand National fences at the meeting.
We’re delighted to announce the return of our #AGrandDayIn competition in partnership with The Jockey Club.
The Style Award which takes place each year on Ladies Day is one of the highlights of the three-day Festival and, while we may not be able to be at the races, we can still show our amazing sense of style and fun.
Last year’s virtual event was a huge success, so we’d love to see you all dressed up in your frocks, suits and fabulous outfits again, and our very own Jay Hynd and Gemma Cutting will be waiting – in their own race day best – with last year’s winners Carl Hodgers and Lizzy Foulkes, and Angharad FitzGerald from Randox, to judge the competition.
A £4,000 donation to your chosen charity
A Randox Everyman or Everywoman health package worth £500
Two tickets & hospitality at next year’s Randox Ladies Day
£200 betting vouchers for your day’s racing
A bottle of Champagne
* The competition opened on Thursday, April 1 – but there’s still plenty of time to enter!
* On entry, all entrants must state what charity they would like their winning prize money to go towards. We can suggest three (Alder Hey Children’s Charity, The Walton Centre and The Rose Paterson Trust) but feel free to nominate one of your own that might be personal to you.
* To enter, all you need to do is take a picture of yourself looking fabulous in your Ladies Day outfit, then upload your image to the Aintree Racecourse Ladies Day Facebook event, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #AGrandDayIn.
* The competition will close at midday on Friday, April 9, and the judges will choose first, second and third prizes.
* The winners will be announced via email, social media channels and on The Jockey Club’s post racing show from 6.30pm on Friday, April 9. We’ll also reveal all on The Guide Liverpool of course!
There’s a prize fund of £1million up for grabs at this year’s Randox Grand National.
Tiger Roll, who won the race in 2018 and 2019, was withdrawn last month but there’s no shortage of horses waiting to join the hotly-anticipated line-up for 2021.
Trainer John ‘Jonjo’ O’Neill has always had one eye on the Randox Grand National with Cloth Cap, currently showing odds of 7-2. He’s been given a good weight but will need quick ground to increase his chances.
At 10-1 are Any Second Now trained by Ted Walsh, Willie Mullins’ Burrows Saint and Secret Reprieve trained by Evan Williams.
But, like we always say, it’s anybody’s race which is what makes it such an exciting one.
Get in the mood for Aintree with The Jockey Club’s virtual preview night on Wednesday, April 7 at 8pm.
Nick Luck will host an evening of Grand national tips, insights and expert opinions.
He’ll be joined by Grand National winning jockeys Ruby Walsh and Barry Geraghty, plus festival ambassador Katie Walsh and form expert Josh Stacey (@TheRacingJosh) as they share their top tips and ones to watch at this year’s Randox Grand National festival.
It also features special guests discussing key races throughout the evening.
ITV is the home of the Randox Grand National and will be keeping you up to date with loads of coverage starting at 2pm on Thursday, April 8 and, of course, covering the big race live on Saturday.
You can also watch all of the action from the festival site on The Guide Liverpool as we bring you the latest coverage with our Grand National team.
Randox Health are launching a competition to win a complete health check at Randox Health Clinic Liverpool PLUS £500 cash!
The Randox Health Check is the world’s most advanced scientific check, assessing 25 areas of the body and delivering 150 results so you’ll receive a comprehensive understanding of your body’s health.
The Everyman Health Checks look at key health areas including your heart, kidneys, digestive system and prostate, while the Female Health Check assesses areas including your heart, kidneys, and digestive and hormonal systems.
Randox Health are part of the Randox family, sponsors of the world’s greatest steeplechase race, the Randox Grand National.
They offer a range of packages and services tailored to give you unrivalled knowledge of your current and future health, including Confidante, its home STI kit. Sexually Transmitted Infections are on the increase and with many showing no symptoms, it’s possible to have an STI and not know about it. So, if you’re concerned about your sexual health due to a recent event, symptoms, a change in sexual partner or simply want peace of mind, Confidante will test for 10 of the most common STIs.
You can pick up a kit at their Randox Health Clinic at Exchange Station or order it discreetly via www.confidantetest.com.
Winners must be 18 or over and be able to attend the Liverpool Randox Health Clinic for their Health Check. For more T&C’s visit the website here.
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