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Grand National Hospitality: VIP Experiences

The Grand National is one of the most highly anticipated sporting events in the calendar. With Grand National 2020 shortly upon us, now is the time to start planning your day. On average around 600 million people worldwide tune in to watch the Grand National on TV. However, we argue there is no better way to experience all the thrills and excitement than first hand at Aintree.

Eventmasters are pleased to provide unrivalled VIP experiences at Grand National 2020. Whether an avid racegoer or a newbie we can help find the perfect package for you and your guests.

What better way to build relationships with important clients than at a great sporting event?

Let us tell you more about your VIP experience. Firstly, there are three first-class facilities to choose from. Those are:

  • Our Exclusive Silks Restaurant
  • The Corbiere Suite
  • The Bob Champion Suite

All of which have luxurious features that will make your day extra special. VIP experiences are available on all three days of the Grand National Festival.

 

More about our Grand National 2020 hospitality packages:

Silks Restaurant

Named after the great Silks Restaurant more commonly known at Cheltenham Festival. The Silks Restaurant at Aintree offers an unbeatable ambience and environment. You and your guests will be treated like a VIP from beginning to end. The panoramic views provide an unmissable view of all the action at Aintree. Ensuring you have the best seats in the house. Network and catch up with clients over the bucks fizz reception or morning pastries. Indulge in a fine dining experience like no other as you enjoy a three course luncheon served with wine. The days food offering is finished off perfectly with delicious afternoon tea.

All the worries of hosting an event are taken away thanks to our VIP hosting service. Make a day at the races a VIP experience like no other with our unbeatable hospitality.

The Corbiere Suite

The Corbiere Suite is another impressive facility. Located on the third floor of the Lord Sefton Stand the private balcony provides unmissable views of all the action.

Party sizes big and small are welcome thanks to both private and shared tables being available. The VIP welcome begins at the start of the day with morning pastries and welcome coffees. Then the socialising can begin as you and your guests enjoy a bucks fizz reception. Unwind between races over a delicious four course luncheon, afternoon tea and at the complimentary bar. Entertainment is guaranteed with performances from a live band. Will you bet on the winning horse? The guest tipster will be on hand to help guide you (hopefully) towards the winning horse.

The pressures of the day are taken away. We are committed to ensuring you have a day full of enjoyment, relaxing and indulgence.

The Bob Champion Suite

Named after the great Bob Champion this facility offers the best value hospitality. Located adjacent to the Parade Ring the superb glass-fronted marquee is next to the Red Rum statue. You can enjoy all the nail-biting racing action from a raised terrace and be first to see who crosses the finish line. As part of the Bob Champion VIP experience, you and your guests will have a reserved table for the day. The three course hot luncheon, complimentary bar and afternoon tea will ensure you and your guests have a day full of indulgence. Experience a little Grand National magic as you take betting tips from the great Bob Champion himself. Exclusive to Grand National Day this hospitality experience will ensure you and your guests have a day to remember. The VIP hostess service will be on hand to ensure you and your clients are well looked after from beginning to end.

Tempted to experience Grand National 2020 the VIP way now? Make the event that little extra special and experience some Grand National magic with those closest to you. From fine dining, complimentary bars and VIP hosting we will ensure you experience a race day like no other.

Find out more about our VIP hospitality packages for Grand National 2020 and get your VIP experience booked.

The Next Big Race: Grand National 2019 Runners

Grand National at Aintree Racecourse is the next big race on the cards following Cheltenham Festival! The world renowned steeplechase will gather horse racing enthusiasts from all over the globe for three days of exhilarating National Hunt Racing action in April.

Ahead of the highly anticipated Grand National race which takes place on Grand National Day, find out more about these top ten prominent runners.

Key Runners at Grand National

Tiger Roll

Weight: 11-1  | Age: 9 | Trainer: Gordon Elliott | Odds: 10/1

Could last year’s Grand National Winner become the next horse to win the prestigious race twice in a row? This success has not been achieved since 1974 when Red Rum won in both 1973 and 1974. Last year he won with a large weight of 10st 13lbs, however this year he will be carrying more. The leading contender is sure to give fans a thrilling race in the contest to victory. Only time will tell how he will fare at year’s meeting.

Elegant Escape

Weight: 11-4 | Age: 7 | Trainer: Colin Tizzard | Odds: 14/1

Elegant Escape gained victory in this season’s Welsh National. The Colin Tizzard runner could potentially be the first Grand National winner for the leading trainer. Trends tell us that seven year olds have a negative racing record however this contender could certainly defy the odds.

Vintage Clouds

Weight: 10-0 | Age: 9 | Trainer: Sue Smith | Odds: 25/1

Vintage Clouds is another strong contender in the Grand National contest. The horse has won the race a total of three times in previous years. He has experience of the track, having won at Aintree Racecourse back in 2017 and 2018 saw him finish third in the Scottish National carrying a much higher handicap.

Anibale Fly

Weight: 11-6 | Age: 9 | Trainer: Tim Martin | Odds: 16/1

Anibale Fly came in third for the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2017. His owner JP McManus won the Grand National back in 2010 and is certainly seeking a further victory. The rising horse came fourth in the 2018 Grand National renewal and was rated 159. Last year, a mere eleven lengths stood between him and the winner thus it’ll be interesting to see what improvements have been made in the past year.

Rathvinden

Weight: 10-10 | Age: 11 | Trainer: Willie Mullins | Odds: 12/1

Rathvinden has experience to his name and has won the 4m race at Cheltenham Festival. If successful in this Grand National bid, the horse will become one of the few eleven year olds to win the race since 2012. In addition to that, he could also also be Willie Mullins’ second Grand National winner!

General Principle

Weight: 10-0 | Age: 10 | Trainer: Gordon Elliott | Odds: 25/1

Another prominent horse trained by Gordon Elliott is General Principle. The horse has great experience having won the Irish Grand National in 2018. He has superb form in gruelling staying races however it will be his first time running on the track at Aintree Racecourse. Provided the ground in soft, General Principle is sure to put in a tough challenge for this race.

Mall Dini

Weight: 10-4 | Age: 9 | Trainer: Patrick Kelly | Odds: 20/1

Though the horse has yet to win over fences, he’s got a solid form and has seen steady improvements. After coming in a close second at Cheltenham Festival’s Kim Muir, he must build on that success in the run up to the grand race!

Rock The Kasbah

Weight: 10-9 | Age: 9 | Trainer: Philip Hobbs | Odds: 20/1

Though best suited to good surfaces, Rock The Kasbah has still been able to achieve victory on soft surfaces. He has a proven record of finishing within the top two over fences so we’ll be looking forward to seeing if he can finish in first and make it a first Grand National win for trainer Philip Hobbs.

Walk In The Mill

Weight: 10-0 | Age: 9 | Trainer: Robert Walford | Odds: 33/1

This season, Walk In The Mill showed great signs of improvement having won the Becher Chase! Last year he was a 2018 Grand National Reserve. Having experience over these fences in particular, we’re excited to see how he will fare this year.

Up For Review

Weight: 10-12 | Age: 10 | Trainer: Willie Mullins | Odds: 25/1

Up For Review is another Willie Mullins trained horse that should not be underestimated. The horse has been kept fresh this season and has been improving over the past years. Nonetheless he lacks experience jumping over fences and running long distances.

With £1,000,000 up for grabs as the total prize fund, we’re sure that this year’s Grand National race is going to be a memorable one! The intensity of the racing on track and the atmosphere on the stands will certainly make for a thrilling day at the races.

Grand National 2019 Tickets & Hospitality

There’s still time to secure your VIP tickets and hospitality for the Grand National in April. Our exclusive hospitality packages are the ideal way to make your race day experience like no other. Indulge in fine dining, network with clients in beautiful surroundings and enjoy a first-class race day experience like no other.

Take a look at our VIP Grand National Hospitality Packages and book now to guarantee your place at the world’s most famous steeplechase.

Grand National 2019: Entries & Trainers Targeting The Race

The Grand National is now just over two months away and we are very much highly anticipating the return of the world’s greatest steeplechase in April. The horse racing season so far has certainly provided us all with plenty to talk about. There’s been plenty on to get the horse racing fans amongst you to get in the mood for Aintree. Before the Grand National, we have The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse to look forward to also.

The Grand National certainly is the highlight of the racing season, a bucket list event for many. With a yearly viewership of approximately 600 million worldwide, it really is the mecca of horse racing. In around two weeks the official Grand National Weights will be announced in Liverpool and we can’t wait to see which runners make the line-up.

Before then let’s take a look at which famous trainers are hoping for a Grand National win and those horses entered for the big race in April.

Grand National 2019 Trainers

Gordon Elliot

Gordon Elliot is one of Ireland’s leading horse racing trainers thanks to his impressive Grand National wins in 2007 and 2018. His 2007 win crowned him as the youngest ever trainer to win the Aintree Grand National, a superb achievement! Elliot won with Silver Birch who was ridden by jockey Robbie Power. The champion horse who had previously been recovering from injury managed to beat off McKelvey by a ¾ length finish.

Gordon’s second win came in 2018 with the great Tiger Roll. Ridden by Davy Russell the pair managed to beat Willie Mullins trained Pleasant Company in a nose hair finish. The team are hoping Tiger Roll can match his 2018 performance again this year and the current ante-post odds are around 16/1.

The trainer has a great number of strong contenders this year and is no doubt hoping to match last year’s success.

Lucinda Russell

Lucinda Russell is a Scottish trainer that won the Grand National in 2017. One For Arthur became the second Scottish trained horse to win the Grand National with a four and a half-length victory. Ridden by jockey Derek Fox the horse did well to storm ahead of Cause of Causes and Saint Are. This great victory at the time was said to be One For Arthur’s last.

However, 18 months on the horse returned to racing towards the end of 2018 with one target in mind; The Grand National. The horse’s connections are once again hoping for a successful win. Despite many horse racing fans highly anticipating the horses return he has had somewhat of a difficult start to the season so far. Although it wasn’t the comeback everyone had expected Lucinda Russell is confident that Aintree will bring out the best in One For Arthur.

The connections of One For Arthur are planning on another warm-up race before the big one at Aintree. They are deciding between races at Kelso or Haydock in February.

Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins is an Irish trainer and former jockey. In 2018 Willie Mullins just missed out on a Grand National win with horse Pleasant Company. Ridden by jockey David Davies Pleasant Company justy missed out to Tiger Roll in a tense finish. The Mullins team is hoping to do one better in the 2019 Grand National.

They will be hoping for a Pleasant Company placing and win at Aintree this year. The entire season thus far has been focussed on the journey to Liverpool. Alongside Pleasant Company Mullins has a total of nine other contenders including the likes of Isleofhopendreams and 2018 Cheltenham Festival winner Rathvinden.

We look forward to seeing which horses make the final line-up and if Tizzard can get the win this year around.

Nigel Twiston Davies

Currently, the most successful British racehorse trainer Nigel Twiston Davies is set for an exciting Grand National line-up. With a total of 9 entries, the trainer’s team is looking stronger than ever this year. With two previous Grand National wins which came in 1998 and 2002, he is no doubt hoping for a third time win.

Some of his 2019 Grand National entries include the likes of GoConquer who recently won the Sky Bet Chase, Bristol De Mai and Blaklion.

Can Davies win the Grand National for a third time this year? We can’t wait to find out!

Other stand out entries include Tizzard’s Elegant Escape, Robert Walford trained Walk in The Mill and Warriors Tale who is trained by Paul Nicholls. This year saw a total of 112 entries for the Randox Health Grand National, 47 of which were from Ireland. We are now highly anticipating the weights lunch to see who will make it to Aintree.

Grand National 2019 Tickets & Hospitality

Have you left your corporate hospitality plans to the last minute? There’s still time to secure VIP tickets and hospitality for the Grand National in April. Our exclusive hospitality packages are the ideal way to make your race day experience like no other. Indulge in fine dining, network with clients in beautiful surroundings and enjoy a first-class race day experience like no other.

Take a look at our VIP hospitality packages and book now to guarantee your place at the world’s most famous steeplechase.

Grand National 2019: Who Is Targetting the Big Race?

Following an exciting weekend of racing in the Becher Chase at Aintree, everyone is talking about the illustrious upcoming Grand National. The World’s Most Famous horse racing meeting will take place between Thursday 4th April – Saturday 6th April in 2019. Approximately 600 million people are expected to watch the Grand National race on Saturday from all over the world. Each year the meeting is highly anticipated and is the pinnacle of the hunt racing season. Racing enthusiasts can’t wait to see some of the world’s greatest jockeys, trainers and runners all competing for the grand prize.

Becher Chase 2018

The Becher Chase once again returned to Aintree Racecourse on Saturday 8th April 2018  and was an impressive showcase of who the ones to watch this season are. Walk In The Mill stomped to victory four and a half lengths ahead of the starting 18 horse lineup. Ridden by jockey James Best and at odds of 10-1 the pair displayed a strong performance throughout the race, demonstrating a true test of stamina for Walk In The Mill.

The early front-runners however were Call It Magic and Missed Approach who both started strong. However, the course at Aintree presents a long stretch from the final fence to the finish line this enabled those from behind to close in on the competition. It was all to play for in the final moments, with many thinking it would be another win for Vieux Lion Rouge. But Walk In Mill came out on top when it mattered securing the highest paid win for trainer Robert Walford. Both Call It Magic and Missed Approach struggled to make the top three with a fourth and sixth place finish.

The finishing lineup for the race was:

  1. Walk In The Mill: Odds: 10-1, Trained by Robert Walford.
  2. Vieux Lion Rouge: Odds: 11-1, Trained by David Pipe
  3. Ultragold: Odds: 12-1, Trained By Colin Tizzard
  4. Call It Magic: Odds: 4-1, Trained by Ross O’Sullivan
  5. Federici: Odds: 33-1, Trained by Donald McCain
  6. Missed Approach: Odds: 12-1, Trained by Warren Greatrex
  7. Just A Par: Odds: 50-1, Trained by James Moffat
  8. Present Man: Odds: 11-1, Trained by Paul Nicholls
  9. Noble Endeavor: Odds: 14-1, Trained by A C Stewart
  10.  Crosshue Boy: Odds: 12-1, Trained by Sean Thomas Doyle
  11. Blaklion: Odds: 9-2, Trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
  12. Dare To Endeavour: Odds: 66-1, Trained by Patrick Griffin

Following the races on Saturday the connections to Walk In The Mill spoke of the team’s plans for the big race in April. A return to Aintree is most definitely on the cards. Robert Walford spoke of how delighted they were with the impressive ride both James Best and Walk In The Mill displayed and he said now there’s only one way to go.

With the National Hunt season well underway there is plenty to look forward to ahead of the Grand National and we are now starting to see those really targetting Aintree for next year which is exciting.

Grand National 2019 Targets

All the excitement from Saturday’s race day has many speculating targets for Grand National. The official weights lunch will take place in February 2019 and here we will discover what horses have made the top weights for 2019. In 2018 we saw Definitly Red top the weights with 11st and 101b and a rating of 165. But who is hoping to come out top in 2019?

Gary Moore is just one of many of the illustrious trainers with their dreams set on a Grand National win. He is hoping previous Ascot champion Traffic Fluide will make the 2019 line-up. The horses return this season has already been impressive and he is set to be in fighting form for a run at Aintree next year. Moore believes Traffic Fluide “is made for the Grand National” and is hoping to train his first horse there next year. The odds of Traffic Fluide being a Grand National horse are currently 50-1, will he make it to Aintree?

The great return of Grand National hero. In 2017 One For Arthur stole the hearts of the nation and became the second Scottish trained horse to ever win the Grand National. Finishing four and a half lengths ahead of the other horses. However, 20 months on and despite a serious leg injury One for Arthur returned to his victorious home, Aintree. The comeback was highly anticipated, however, the horse fell, unseating jockey Tom Scudamore at fence three. This was not the outcome many had hoped for or anticipated. However, trainer Lucinda Russell claimed the horse was now fine and was just “over-enthusiastic”. Despite this, the connections of the horse are still hopeful for a return to Aintree and expecting a second place finish. In the Ante Post betting the horse is currently at 25/1 in second place behind previous winner Tiger Roll at 20/1.

Despite the odds connections of the horse and jockey Davy Russell believe it is an impossible task for Tiger Roll to win again at Aintree in 2019. A consecutive win hasn’t been achieved since the legendary Red Rum in 1973 and 1974. An extraordinary horse is needed to achieve such a victory. The horse’s prestigious trainer Gordon Elliot spoke that Aintree will not be the main focus of their racing season. They have their hopes set on a victory at Cheltenham instead in the Cross Country Race. It is predicted that Tiger Roll will carry the highest weight in 2019 for the Grand National making it a harder run for him. Do you think Tiger Roll can defy all odds and achieve a consecutive win?

The excitement for the Grand National continues to build and build as we get closer to the meeting. There’s plenty to look forward to from this prestigious steeplechase. Will 2019 be the return of the champions, or will we see new victories?

Experience Grand National 2019

Combine some of the worlds best horse racing with exclusive hospitality with our VIP packages and tickets. We are committed to ensuring you and your guests enjoy a race day experience like no other. We have availability throughout the meeting in some of the finest facilities, including:

  • Silks Restaurant
  • The Corbiere Suite
  • The Bob Champion Suite (exclusive to Grand National Day)

All three facilities offer an experience worth savouring, making it an ideal setting to enjoy world-class racing with clients. Some of the highlights of the packages include fine dining, a bucks fizz reception, complimentary bar (excluding champagne) and celebrity tipsters. There’s plenty available that we are certain will impress all of your clients.

We have limited availability remaining for Grand National 2019 so get booked in for the racing event of the year. We can’t wait to see you there.

Many Clouds: The Grand National Legend

Dubbed as the “people’s horse” Grand National champion Many Clouds certainly had an impact on the nation. His success, story and legacy will long be treasured in the world of horse racing.

But why was he given such a title? Let’s uncover the story of the great horse a little further and explore all that went into his successes.

Early life and Racing Background

Many Clouds was a traditionally brown gelding that was bred in County Cork, Ireland by Aidan Aherne. The great horse was trained throughout his racing career by Oliver Sherwood, one of the finest trainers in the UK. Sherwood began his training career in 1984 after being encouraged by the legendary Fred Winter.

In the 2011-12 season, Many Clouds began his racing career with National Hunt Flat Races. He certainly made an impression with a winning debut at Wetherby Racecourse, but that was just the start of what was to come. The seasons to come saw Many Clouds progress and progress. He quickly became the horse to watch.

Successful wins over the seasons came from all of the UK’s greatest racecourses. He ended the 2013/14 season a chaser and was readily prepared for the big races to come. Throughout wins at Newbury Racecourse and in Carlisle Sherwood spoke even more admirably about the great horse’s achievements, stating he is “A live Gold Cup horse”.

However, his first Cheltenham Gold Cup appearance wasn’t as successful as the team had hoped. A sixth place finished left many questioning what the rest of the season would hold for the Irish bred runner.

Grand National 2015

If the decision on the 2015 Grand National race was solely down to Oliver Sherwood Many Clouds never would have run. However, owner Trevor Hemmings and jockey Leighton Aspell believed the great horse was ready. A month later following a loss at Cheltenham, Many Clouds was back and ready for the world’s most prestigious steeplechase.

He was placed at a weight of 11 stone 9 which was just under the top weight held by Lord Windermere and at odds of 25/1. He ran closely behind the leading front for the majority of the race. However, an opportunity came when Druid’s Nephew fell and Many Clouds certainly took it. He stormed forward to a five fence lead, with the other’s struggling to catch up. He finished three lengths ahead of second place Saint Are.

An extraordinary win for so many reasons. At a winning time of 8 minutes and 56.8 seconds, he secured the second quickest time in the history of the Grand National. He also won with the highest weight carried since 1974 when Red Rum won his second Grand National. Finally, it is a season to certainly be proud of. No horse had ever won both the Hennessy Gold Cup and Grand National in the same season. Following the race Aspell exclaimed that “it was the best ride of my life over these fences”.

The popularity of the horse skyrocketed following the win and he quickly became the “people’s champion”. In 2015 he was named horse of the year as a result of such a successful season.

Cheltenham 2017

In 2017 Many Clouds returned to Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day for the Cotswold Chase. He started at odds 8/1 and his biggest competition was favourite Thistlecrack who started at odds of 4/9. Many Clouds ran well throughout the race and finished in a photo-finish win closely followed by Thistlecrack. However, the glory of the win was short lived.

The horse collapsed after the winning post and was shortly pronounced dead. The whole racecourse was stunned into silence. Sadness was felt throughout the course that day and it will never be forgotten. Oliver Sherwood spoke of how he was a “horse of a lifetime and died doing what he loves most. Also stating that from his 32 years of horse training horses as talented as Many Clouds do not come around often.

A nation of people were no doubt devastated by the loss of their champion horse. His legacy will long be celebrated throughout the horse racing world.

Cheltenham Remember Many Clouds

In January 2018 many flocked to Prestbury Park for a day dedicated to the life of Many Clouds a year after he sadly passed away. Oliver Sherwood was the main focus of the day and took part in a question and answers sessions. Two screenings of the short film Many Clouds The People’s Champion was also played.

Sherwood spoke of how it was an honour that people were still talking about and remembering the life of Many Clouds. He continued to encourage the notion that Many Clouds life should be celebrated and it is not wise to look back. Although it has been hard he stated it was mission to find another like Many Clouds one day.

The story of Many Clouds impacted many throughout the world. It is a story riddled with extraordinary victories but one that brings so much sadness too. However, there’s no doubt that Many Clouds will be remembered for so many great things. He was an exceptionally talented horse that made a huge difference in such a short period of time. He will long be the people’s champion.

The greatest part of this story is Many Clouds impressive Grand National win. Many would have not seen such talent in their lifetime. The magic of Aintree will long be felt. So much joy can be felt throughout the grounds at Aintree and it is most certainly a must go event.

Grand National 2019

There’s no better way to experience everything great about the Grand National than first hand. Our VIP hospitality will ensure you and your guests enjoy an unrivalled experience. Indulge in fine ding experiences, afternoon tea and witness all the action with unmissable views. Treat your valued guests to a race day experience like no other.

Our hospitality is available on Grand Opening Day, Aintree Ladies Day and Grand National Day. Our exclusive facilities include: The Silks Restaurant, Corbiere Suite and The Bob Champion Suite. Don’t miss out and book your VIP Grand National 2019 experience now!

Grand National Victories: The Story of Red Rum

What made Red Rum one of the greatest racehorses of all time?

Red Rum is by far one of the most iconic racehorses that have ever lived. Regarded as one of the most popular horses of the twentieth century, his legacy has yet to fade.

Red Rum is remembered for iconic wins, enviable talent and for being a great Grand National contender. His victories have never been beaten.

Red Rum’s Early Life

Irish born Red Rum was foaled in 1965 at Rossenarra Stud in County Kilkenny. The name Red Rum came from his sire and dam’s names which were: Quorum out of Mared.

Red Rum was born an average size and early breeding set him up to be a sprinter on flat ground. Once Red Rum became a yearling he was sold to Manchester manufacturer Maurice Kingsley. His racing career started soon after.

It began with low-value races which saw Red Rum finish in a dead heat at his first Aintree appearance. From this, he went onto race more and more and his successes quickly began to pile up. Races at Warwick and Doncaster saw him win over seven furlongs at just the tender age of two years old.

Initially, in the early stages of his life, the horse was passed from trainer to trainer. Foot injuries and “lack of promise” led to him being sold to Ginger McCain for 6000 guineas. This is where Red Rum found his footing. The pair famously trained at Southport beaches and got on well from the offset.

Grand National Victories

In 1973 Red Rum started the Grand National race at Aintree with a 9-1 lead. Ridden by the previous winner Brian Fletcher, the race was destined to be a success. Red Rum went onto to achieve his first Aintree Grand National win with three-quarters of a length lead against favourite Crisp. He also managed to beat the 1935 record set by Reynoldstown.

The first lap of the race, however, would have predicted a different outcome. Crisp had a significant lead right from the outset with his closest competitor being Grey Sombrero. However, his lead went onto increase further when Grey Sombrero fell at The Chair giving Crisp a 20 length lead.

Red Rum was not far behind though and quickly broke away from the pack. At the 30th fence Crisp was a huge 15 lengths ahead, however, he quickly began to tire. Red Rum was able to make up considerable ground allowing him to beat Crisp in a record-breaking time of nine minutes.

The dramatic final length between Red Rum and Crisp has been regarded as one of the sports greatest moments of all time.

Red Rum and Brian Fletcher managed to secure a second Grand National win in 1974. All of which despite carrying the top weight of 12 stone. Red Rum just missed out on the title for his following two Grand National appearances. Yet in 1977 we saw an unimaginable comeback.

The 1977 Grand National race was highly anticipated throughout the world. With many flocking to Aintree to see if the great horse could make it third time lucky. This time rode by jockey Tommy Stack the pair captured the nation with an impressive finish. The nation’s favourite “Rummy” secured his final Grand National victory with a huge 25 length lead.

Horse Racing Trainer: Ginger McCain

The bond between Ginger McCain and Red Rum was something truly special. Ginger McCain was an eccentric trainer who’s love of Aintree was infectious. In an interview following the passing of Red Rum McCain spoke of how Red Rum started out as a villain to many. His defeat against Crisp was described to closely resemble the story of the hare and the tortoise. People had backed Crisp and were behind him and Red Rum came to steal the victory.

However, as time went on it was clear that Red Rum had captured the imaginations of the nation. McCain spoke fondly of Red Rum stating there will never be another horse like him. He spoke how the horse thrived off the atmosphere at Aintree and how the pair made it their home.

They were both good for each other and the legacies they achieved will long be remembered.

Retirement and Legacy

Red Rum retired from horse racing in 1978 which led to an influx of public appearances. From Christmas light turn on’s to TV appearances Red Rum was in high demand. A highlight was his 30th birthday celebrations at Aintree. This attracted a huge crowd which went onto highlight how loved the great horse was.

In 1995 he sadly passed away which devastated the country. His passing was covered on the front pages of all the national newspapers. His legacy, however, continues to live on. His victories are unlikely ever to be beaten and the lasting memories will never fade. Buried at the winning post at Aintree seemed most fitting and his tribute plaque reads:

Respect this place
This hallowed ground
A legend here
His rest has found.
His feet would fly
Our spirits soar
He earned our love
Forevermore

The love and admiration for Red Rum will never fade. He really is a true icon of the sporting world.


Randox Health Grand National

It’s fascinating to see how the victories of past icons still impact sport today. The Grand National still continues to provide nail-biting action and triumphant wins year on year. Capturing a nation’s attention and viewers from all over the world. At Eventmasters we believe everyone should experience the buzz at Aintree during the Grand National meeting.

With the 2019 Grand National shortly upon us, there is no better time than to think about attending. Our VIP tickets and unforgettable hospitality will ensure you and your guests have an experience like no other.

Experience all the magic of Aintree in true style with our luxurious corporate hospitality. Between races, you can enjoy fine dining, sumptuous afternoon tea and plenty of drinks at the complimentary bar.

We provide hospitality packages throughout the meeting for Grand Opening Day, Ladies Day and Grand National Day. In a wide range of exclusive facilities including Silks Restaurant, The Corbiere Suite and The Bob Champion Suite. There’s no better way to experience the Randox Health Grand National.

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Grand National Weights Lunch: Heads To Liverpool

The Grand National weights lunch will for the first time in history be held in Liverpool.

During the First World War the Grand National was temporarily held at London Gatwick. This lunch celebrates 100 years since the Grand National returned to Aintree.

The Grade II listed Cunard Building located at the Pier Head will play host to the prestigious lunch. Set to take place on February 12th 2019, it will be a celebration of the great city.

The highly anticipated event will reveal the Randox Health Grand National weights for 2019.

Liverpool’s wider contribution to music and sport will also be a main focus of the day. There will be plenty to be proud of and celebrate all around Liverpool.

Previously the weights lunch has been hosted at iconic London venues such as the Royal Opera House. John Baker said he “felt delighted to bring the weights lunch home”. He also stated the people of Liverpool have helped shape the Grand National into the worlds greatest steeplechase.

The 2017 weights cocktail evening received major news coverage due to the changes. However many complained about the poor acoustics of the event.

The 2018 weights reveal was an affair fit for a movie star. The Grand National descended on Bafta headquarters in Piccadilly. The event took place a few days before the highly anticipated British Academy Film Awards. The 2019 event is set to be even more special.

The 2018 Grand National weights reveal placed Definitly Red at the top at 165 but who will come out on top in 2019? There is no doubt that trainers will be on tenterhooks as they anticipate the results.

With the season upon us the countdown to the Grand National is well underway. See your favourite horses live in action at Aintree racecourse. Don’t miss out on a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the Grand National in real life.

Enjoy the Grand National 2019 with our exclusive VIP tickets and luxurious hospitality packages. Indulge in fine dining, complimentary drinks and afternoon tea. Take in all the action with unmissable views of Aintree racecourse ensuring you miss none of the action.

Packages are available on all three days of the Grand National Meeting. Meaning whatever your needs are, we can help.

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How To Get Grand National Tickets

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The Randox Health Grand National will once again descend on the prestigious Aintree Racecourse. The demand is always high with many Grand National ticket options selling out well in advance. Thousands of people flock to Aintree Racecourse each year for a first-hand look at all the racing action. The thrills, nail-biting action and all the drama make for an unforgettable experience.

Have you secured your Grand National Tickets yet? No, don’t worry, we have you covered! The Grand National festival is spread out over three days. All of which have their own unique offering.

Let us help you decide which day is best for you.

Opening Day

Welcomes guests to Aintree racecourse and sets the tone for the three days to come. Both active racegoers and newbies to the sport find the first day enjoyable with tickets being pretty hard to get.

The day hosts a total of four Grade One races which are certain to be full of action. Highlights include both The Betway Bowl Steeplechase and The Randox Health Foxhunter’s Steeplechase. Our VIP tickets & hospitality packages include access to Silks Restaurant and The Corbiere Suite.

Ladies Day

The most stylish of the three days with fashion being a huge focal point. Individual style, glam and glitz are all encouraged. Style Scouts are on the lookout throughout the day to crown “best dressed”. Alongside the stunning fashion offering, there’s plenty of impeccable racing action to be enjoyed too.

Race highlights include The JLT Melling Steeplechase and the Randox Health Topham Steeplechase. Get glammed up and feel like a VIP with our luxurious ticket and hospitality packages in the Silks Restaurant and The Corbiere Suite.

Grand National Day

Arguably the most exciting day attracting millions worldwide. The staple piece of the whole event is The Randox Health Grand National race. The buzz is both electric and magical. History is made and many witness both astonishing wins and devastating losses.

Experiencing Grand National Day first hand should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list.

An unforgettable experience awaits. Tickets for Grand National Day are extremely popular, so act quickly to get yours for the final day. Our luxurious hospitality & VIP tickets include access to: the Silks Restaurant, The Corbiere Suite and The Bob Champion Suite.


Have you decided what day sounds most exciting? Eventmasters take Grand National experiences to a whole new level. We believe in creating VIP, unforgettable memories for life for both you and your guests.

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Upgrade your Grand National tickets and instead opt for something a little more magical. We have unmissable packages available for all three days in the following venues:

Silks Restaurant:

Exclusive to Eventmasters the Silks Restaurant provides a luxury environment worth remembering. Sharing its name with the great Silks at Cheltenham, there’s plenty to look forward to. With panoramic views of the starting line, you will miss none of the exhilarating action.

The Corbiere Suite:

Located on the third floor of the Lord Sefton Stand, The Corbiere Suite has unmissable views. You and your guests will feel like a VIP as you watch all the action unfold from the extravagant balcony. Both private tables and shared tables are available for all three days.

The Bob Champion Suite:

Named after Grand National legendary; Bob Champion, this venue offers great value. Located next to the Parade Ring and alongside the Red Rum statue, you will be right in all the action.

Overlooking the finish line, see all the racing action from the raised terrace. This is an exclusive package that is only available on Grand National Day.

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Grand National History: Top 25 Interesting Facts

The world’s most popular sporting event, the Grand National, has so many hidden facts and historical treasures.

Grand National 2019 is set to be another exciting sporting event and we can’t stop talking about it. Let’s test your Grand National knowledge.

We have put together 25 of our favourite facts about the great race:

First Race

1839 was the first year to hold a Grand National race. The winning horse was named “Lottery” who won with odds at 5-1.

Red Rum

Red Rum is the most famous horse to date with an unbeatable 3 victories and a further two second place finishes. The treasured horse died in 1995 and was buried at the winning post at Aintree Racecourse.

Foinavon

In 1967 Foinavon won at odds 100-1, making this victory one of the most unforgettable of all time.

Longest Time

The winning time for the first Grand National race was a lengthy 14 minutes and 23 seconds.

Bob Champion

A victory that stole many hearts was that of Bob Champion. After recovering from Cancer and despite all the odds he went on to win a race. A movie was then made to capture the inspiring story.

Knock Out

1855 saw a very unlikely turn of events. Sam Darling fell off his horse and was knocked out. The horse coming up behind knocked the jockey in the head which in fact revived him.

Young and Old

The youngest jockey to win the race was Bruce Hobbs who won in 1938 at the age of 17. This was later followed by the oldest jockey Dick Saunders who won at the age of 47 in 1982.

Lucky Dutton

Amateur William Dutton won the race in 1929. His friend had told him he would only win if the other horses fell down, which they did! Only one other horse managed to finish the race alongside Dutton.

The Fences

There are a total of 16 fences on the national course, which are topped with spruce from the Lake District.

Horse Lingo

The unusual names of the horses are often a combination of their Dam and Sire’s name.

Fastest Time

1990 still holds the record for the fastest winning time. Mr Frisk finished the course in an impressive 8 minutes and 47.8 seconds.

Bets On

An estimated £300 million was spent on gambling and bets for the 2017 Grand National.

Aintree Residents

Those that live on the roads closest to Aintree racecourse can get free tickets to the event.

Day Drinking

An average of 250,000 pints are sold during the three day Grand National festival.

Aintree History

Aintree Racecourse gets its name from a Viking settlement, where all the trees but one fell down.

Hungry?

A huge 3500 lamb rumps are consumed from spectators during the festival.

Making History

The 170th Grand National race took place in 2017.

Girl Power

1983 saw the first female trainer Jenny Pitman win the Grand National.

Female Success

Katie Walsh is the most famous female jockey with a third place finish in 2012.

TV Viewers

Over 600 million people tune in from all over the world to watch the Grand National on TV.

Too Many Horses

A mammoth 66 horses started the race in 1929 which caused a multitude of issues for both horse and jockey. This lead to the starting number being capped at 40.

Grand National Legend

Sir Tony McCoy is regarded as horse racing legendary. With 20 races under his belt he is the most experience Grand National rider.

Statistics

An average of 60% entrants do not finish the race.

Prize Money

The prize money up for grabs is an impressive £1 million.

But first… Tea

For the typical April weather, a mammoth 75000 cups of tea and coffee are consumed at the event.


How many of those did you know? It is so interesting to see all the history and fun facts that surround the Grand National. It is no surprise as to why this sporting event is as popular as it is.

The Grand National 2019 will no doubt make its own history. Make unforgettable memories at this great sporting event with Eventmasters.

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Aintree Ladies Day Guide: Grand National

Join Eventmasters for one of the most talked about social events of the racing calendar. Adding a touch of eminence to the prestigious Grand National at Aintree Racecourse, Ladies Day is an occasion oozing class, style, and above all top-drawer horse racing.

We have put together a guide for all things Ladies Day at Aintree.


Aintree Ladies Day: Style

Aintree Ladies Day is arguably one of the most fashionable events in the sporting calendar. Style is at the forefront of the day with the best dressed winning Aintree’s coveted Style Award. Prizes in 2018 included a Range Rover Evoke. Day two of the Grand National festival allows ladies to reach their full fashion potential.

Popular trends at the event include neutral shades, florals and huge fascinators. Aintree Ladies Day puts a modern twist on the traditional dressing up for the races trend.

The fashion statement of the event is certainly the distinctive hats. Whether it be small and discreet, or large and vibrant you are certain to make a fashion statement. Many ladies opt for a bespoke option to make their outfit that little more special.

There is no official dress code, however smart wear is preferred and no sportswear or fancy dress.

In hope of avoiding a fashion faux pas, it is important to plan ahead. Don’t leave the dreaded outfit shopping until last minute. Most importantly, wear something you feel both comfortable and confident in. Ignore the weather for one day only, let your hair down and enjoy ladies day in your best outfit.

 


Grand National: Day Two Racing

The glitz and glam doesn’t take away from the high class racing the day presents. Four grade one races are hosted on day 2, making this race day experience unforgettable.

The first of the grade one races is The Crabbie’s Top Novices’ Hurdle. This race sees horses over the age of four jumping over a total of 9 hurdles in a bid to be victorious.

The second race of the day is the Mildmay Novices’ Chase. With nineteen hurdles and 3 miles of racecourse, this makes for an exciting race. The first race was in 1981 and the first winners were Bregawn and Burrough Hill Lad.

The JLT Melling Steeple Chase is the third race of the day and is the one with the biggest prize. Named after Melling Road, the race has sustained its place in history since 1991.

Closing Ladies Day racing is Sefton Novices’ Hurdle race. The distance is around 3 miles making it a fair stretch for novice runners. Open to horses over 4 years old, the race has retained its Grade 1 title since 1993.

There are a further three races throughout the day, ensuring you get a good racing fix.

 


Things To Remember

  • The gates open on Ladies Day at 10:00, with races starting around 13:45.
  • Dress smartly, think sophistication and glam.
  • Style ambassadors will be on the lookout for the best dressed for the Aintree Style Awards.

You can enjoy a VIP Ladies Day experience like no other with Eventmasters.

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