Randox Grand National 2023: Everything you need to know as the countdown gets underway
1 year ago
The Grand National is nearly here so we’ve rounded up everything we know so far about one of our fave Liverpool events.
The Randox Grand National 2023 is less than two months away and as we gallop towards one of Liverpool’s best-loved events the excitement is mounting.
It’s the world’s greatest steeplechase and all eyes will again be on Aintree for this year’s fabulous festival.
There’ll be three days of top-class racing culminating in the main event itself, the Grand National, and as usual it will be party time, all the time, at the famous course.
The Guide Liverpool will be there every day giving live coverage of the action, on and off the track, as well as helping to judge the ever-popular Ladies Day Style Award.
Jay Hynd, director of The Guide Liverpool, says: “We’re so excited to be back at the city’s favourite annual event and of course we will be bringing you all of the action as it happens on The Guide Liverpool.”
He adds: “It’s also our fifth time partnering Aintree on the Ladies Day Style Award, and every year the stakes get higher and higher.
“So if you have never been to Ladies Day at Aintree, make this the year that you experience it – and I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.”
So whether you’re getting ready to throw your glad rags on for the hotly-contested Style competition, preparing to take a punt on your favourite horse, or planning to pop the champagne corks and join in all the fun, here’s all the latest info you need to know.
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When is the Randox Grand National Festival 2023 taking place?
Thursday, April 13 to Saturday, April 15.
Where will it be held?
Aintree Racecourse, which has hosted the Grand National Festival since 1839.
What happens on the Thursday?
The opening day is one of the most chilled and relaxed of the festival. There’s a full racing schedule, starting at 1.45pm, and as well as being able to watch world class racing, there will be live music and entertainment to get things off to a great start.
What about Ladies Day?
Friday is always a fabulous day when everyone gets glammed up for Ladies Day. It’s one of the biggest days in the racing calendar – and in the fashion one! And this year promises to be as amazing as ever because once all the races are run, Adele Roberts will be keeping the party going with a live DJ set on the Red Rum lawn.
Southport-born Adele who currently presents BBC Radio 1’s Weekend Breakfast Show, says: “I can’t wait to be at Aintree on Ladies Day to celebrate with everyone!
“I know how much the people of Liverpool turn out for that day, and I’m excited to perform my DJ set and get everyone dancing! As a Southport girl it’s a real thrill for me to be involved.”
Is there a Style Award this year?
The Style Awards are a huge highlight of Ladies Day and for 2023 they’ve got a new official style partner – Scottish-founded fashion retail group QUIZ. Sheraz Ramzan, chief commercial officer at QUIZ, says: “Our occasion wear is perfect for a day at the races – it’s the ideal time to dress up and have fun. The partnership feels like a natural progression for QUIZ, as in previous years we have seen many attendees of Ladies Day wearing our dresses and accessories.”
Jay Hynd and The Guide’s Gemma Cutting will be among the judges and it’s a competition that’s absolutely worth winning – the prizes get better every year.
First prize this year is a holiday worth £5,000 plus £1,500 spending money, a £1,000 donation to your chosen charity, two Garden Club tickets to Ladies Day 2024, and a Randox full-body Everyman/Everywoman health check. And there are great prizes for second and third places too!
Is there entertainment on all three days of the Aintree Festival?
There really is!
Thursday: As well as a string quartet, there’ll be music from Fat Cats, Apres Music and Scott Chapman, as well as a DJ, at various times across the course, from the Aspall and Pravha Garden Bars, to the Red Rum Garden Stage and Grand National Avenue.
On Friday/Ladies Day: Those same artists will be joined by Super Tenants, Brothers of Swing and Lovestruck, and of course there’s BBC Radio 1’s Adele Roberts.
Saturday/Grand National Day: There’ll be live music and a DJ from 10.30am until 7pm
Can I buy tickets now?
Yes, although some areas for Saturday have sold out, tickets are available for all days, with a range of ticket options and areas to choose from, as well as hospitality packages.
And when will the actual Grand National race take place?
It’s the climax of the Grand National Festival, and the Grand National run will take place on Saturday, April 15 at 5:15pm.
Which horses are running in the National?
Around 80 horses have been entered into the National but the final line up of 40 will not be confirmed until nearer the day of the festival.
Latest odds from William Hill are: 10-1 Noble Yeats, 14-1 Corach Rambler, 16-1 Longhouse Poet, Le Milos, Gaillard Du Mesnil, 20-1 Delta Work, Conflated, Mr Incredible, Carefully Selected, Galvin, Any Second Now, 25-1 Remastered, Capodano, Lifetime Ambition, Hewick, The Big Dog, 33-1 bar.
Where can I find out more?
Go to the Randox Grand National Festival 2023 website HERE and keep an eye on The Guide Liverpool from now until April 13.