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The Randox Health Grand National 2020 is now only six weeks away, which is no time at all if you’ve still got your tickets, your outfit or a massive hat to buy.
As usual, there’ll be three days of racing and some serious glamming up as all eyes are on Aintree – an incredible 600million people in 100 different countries are expected to tune in to watch the Grand National on Saturday.
We’re proud to be the official media partner for the Ladies Day Style Award this year, which is always a big highlight of the festival.
But there’s plenty more to look forward to, on and off the course, so if you’re planning to go and be a part of the action then here’s everything we know so far …
The festival is on from Thursday April 2 to Saturday April 4. Thursday is Liverpool’s Day, Friday is Ladies Day and Saturday is Grand National Day. The big race, on Saturday, is at 5.15pm.
Tickets went on general sale in July last year so, not surprisingly, lots of options are already sold out especially on Grand National Day. If you want to go on Saturday, you can still get tickets for the Embankment (£40) which is over the Melling Road and has a view of the first fences, or the Garden Club (£120) with views of the Parade Ring and a private balcony, but be quick because demand is high. Book tickets here.
For Ladies Day, there are still tickets available in most areas except the Platinum Lounge, Queen Mother Seats and Queen Mother Roof which are already sold out. Hurry though, especially if you want the Princess Royal Roof (£95) or Princess Royal Seats and Gallery (£140), the Earl of Derby Lower Seats (£120) and Earl of Derby Upper Seats (£120) because they’re selling fastest. Book your tickets for Ladies Day here.
Why is the Thursday now called Liverpool’s Day?
As everyone already knows, it’s Scousers who really make the festival so special, that’s why Aintree Racecourse has decided to pay tribute to the city and all the people of Liverpool. Liverpool’s Day kicks off the festival and it’s usually the quietest day of the three so it’s a good bet if you want to avoid the crowds of the National or the full-on fashion stakes of Ladies Day.
Liverpool’s Day has become a firm favourite with local racegoers and its popularity is growing year on year – crowds of around 35,000 now watch the opening day’s racing.
As part of its celebration of the city, there’ll be a display by the Red Devils and a performance from soprano Laura Wright before the racing starts, and a live concert of Fab Four hits from the Mersey Beatles afterwards in the Aintree Pavilion.
What about the Style Award on Ladies Day?
#FabulousFriday will be even more fabulous this year, especially for the very lucky winner of the Ladies Day Style Award, because they’ll be driving away with a brand new white Jaguar E-Pace D150 Auto worth £35,000, as well as a year’s supply of Chi Chi London dresses.
Chi Chi London is the Official Style Partner of this year’s award which will be presented on Ladies Day to the best dressed racegoer with our very own Jay Hynd and Gemma on the judging panel.
To enter the contest, racegoers will need to be photographed by the Official Aintree Team at one of four Style Award entry points in and around the Red Rum Garden.
Because it’s not just about the fashion (even when it seems like it is) which horses are the favourites for the Grand National so far?
There’s a prize fund of £1million up for grabs at this year’s Grand National and Tiger Roll, who won the race in 2018 and 2019, is aiming to become the first horse ever to claim a third consecutive victory.
He’s been described as “the horse of a lifetime”, so could the 10-year-old emulate the legendary Red Rum and make it a National hat-trick? Early punters seem to believe he can … although he’s been given top weight along with stablemate Delta Work, he’s currently 13/2 favourite.
Merseyrail run a regular service to and from Aintree Racecourse every 7 1/2 minutes during the Randox Health Grand National Festival with over 80,000 racegoers enjoying the quick and easy service to and from Liverpool City Centre.
Taxi and car drop off points can be found here and some car parking is available. But our advice is to use the train, you even get free flip-flops for those tired feet at the end of race day!
What are the odds of spotting a celeb?
Always excellent, especially if you’re looking for a footballer plus wife/girlfriend. Coleen Rooney’s been a reliable regular over the years, and ex-Reds Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler and Kenny Dalglish also love to have a flutter at Aintree. Paddy McGuinness and his wife Christine have been known to make a Grand National appearance too.
This year, it’s worth keeping an eye out for a trio of celebrity owners cheering on their own horses – Dame Judi Dench has As De Mee due to race, former Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson part-owns Give Me A Copper, and rugby star Jonathan Davies will be hoping to add to a previous Welsh Grand National win with his horse Potters Corner.
This year the food menu at Aintree Racecourse is expected to be tastier than ever. Over £1m is spent on food alone across the three days and catering for a race course of thousands is no easy task. Be sure to check out the independent street food stalls across the site where you an tuck into everything from hog roasts to pizza and curry to carvery.
For a special treat, head to the Moet et Chandon Champagne Bar and choose from a delicious array of deli sandwiches, a ‘hot dish of the day’, as well as champagne! And for foodies a range of hospitality packages are available including the new Arts School at Aintree restaurant brought to you by Liverpool favourite, Chef Paul Askew.
ITV is the home of the Grand National and will have lots of coverage across their platforms during the weekend with of course, the big race screened live on Saturday. 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 Jay Hynd, Gemma and Pete Price.
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