Aintree Racecourse – Home to The Grand National
The UK’s Top Horse Racing Venue
Located in Aintree, Liverpool this renowned course is a major name in the sporting world – most popular for holding the Grand National. Although Aintree Racecourse has played host to other major events over the years the Grand National is most definitely the highlight.
With steeple-chasing first introduced at Aintree in 1836, the Grand National is now recognised as the world’s greatest steeplechase. The actual course is considered to be one of the hardest to complete. With daunting fences to tackle even the most accomplished have their work cut out. Renowned fences include The Chair, Foinavon and Becher’s Brook. All of which hold their own unique story. Unlike other British National Hunt courses, all fences are covered with spruce sourced from the Lake District.
The racecourse is also a staple piece within the horse racing world thanks to its affiliation with The Jockey Club; the UK giants.
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Aintree Racecourse Hospitality
In 2019, the Grand National festival certainly gave visitors a marvellous spectacle to savour. Kicking off proceedings was Grand Opening Day, a fixture which traditionally features four superb Grade One contests with honourable mentions including the Betfred Bowl and the Betway Aintree Hurdle.
It was the industrious Might Bite who romped to victory in the Betfred Bowl last year, whilst superstar L’Ami Serge, trained by Nicky Henderson, claimed the Betway Aintree Hurdle ahead of the hot favourite, Supasundae.
Aintree Racecourse also plays host to one of the season’s most glamorous social occasions, Ladies Day. This fabulous fixture, synonymous with supreme style and sophistication, is one of the UK’s most popular days within the horse racing calendar.
Last but certainly not least is the illustrious Grand National Day, the blue riband event of the festival. In 2019, the revered Handicap Chase, run over a gruelling four and a quarter miles, was claimed in sublime style by Tiger Roll, trained by Gordon Elliot.