BHA extends suspension of racing in Britain beyond April

British Horseracing Authority announced that all meetings will take place behind closed doors until June at the earliest.

When is the Grand National 2021?

We sadly had to miss out on the 2020 Grand National as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Although disappointing, the break gives us even more to look forward to for the 2021 Grand National!  The world’s most famous steeplechase is set to resume in 2021 and will once again bring fans from around the globe to Aintree Racecourse as three days of outstanding National Hunt Racing comes into view.

Grand National 2021 Dates

The opening fixture of the event, suitably renamed Liverpool’s NHS Day to honour NHS staff, commences on Thursday 8th April. Then follows Ladies Day on Friday 9th and finally Grand National Day itself on Saturday 10th.

The three-day meeting is renowned for hosting some spectacular racing spectacles, including the Betfred Bowl, the JLT Melling Chase and of course, the treasured Grand National race.

What Time is the Grand National?

The festival’s blue riband event, the Grand National, which takes place on Saturday 10th April, is set to commence in the evening!

The showcasing jumps race sees 40 runners take on the daunting obstacles of Aintree’s 30 fences over the course of four and a half miles.

With up to 150,000 racegoers expected to be in attendance across all three days – it certainly looks to be an occasion for all to cherish.

What to look forward to in the Grand National 2021

Undeniably, what racegoers were most looking forward to was the chance to witness the great Tiger Roll in action. The thoroughbred was on track to secure his third consecutive Grand National win for the 2020 meeting. No other horse has been able to secure this record. During the 1970’s, Red Rum, won the Grand National three times but not consecutively. Tiger Roll could be the first horse to secure this achievement, hence why the 2020 meeting was so anticipated.

Trainer Gordon Elliott stated that the right decision was made to cancel the 2020 Grand National and has said that Tiger Roll will be back for 2021. “There is every chance of him competing and he hasn’t got that many miles on the clock, and we will be training him back for the Grand National again.”

Grand National 2021 Hospitality

With luxury Grand National packages and VIP tickets available in the fabulous Silks Restaurant and Corbiere Suite, you will be sure to impress your valued clients and guests with a day of unrivalled luxury. You’ll be able to savour a splendid luncheon, complimentary bar, stocking the finest wines and beers, full afternoon tea and a cordial Bucks Fizz reception. Tote betting facilities will also be made available, as well as a VIP hostess service and resident celebrity guest tipsters.

All this, coupled with the finest panoramic views of Aintree Racecourse, makes our corporate packages truly worth savouring.

Grand National Dress Code

Thinking of heading to this year’s Grand National but not sure about the dress code? What exactly does one even wear to Europe’s most valuable horseracing event?! The Grand National is one of the most iconic and valuable race meetings in all of Europe with prize money of £1,000,000! Every year thousands flock to Aintree Racecourse to get a piece of the thrilling horseracing action. From Grand National men’s fashion to becoming Aintree Ladies Day best dressed, Eventmasters cover all your race day fashion queries.

What is the dress code for the Grand National?

There is no official dress code for The Grand National but racegoers are encouraged to adorn smart attire and use the event as an opportunity to feature their favourite race day fashions. You don’t have to wear a hat but many prefer to do so. The only real rule at Aintree is that sports clothing and fancy dress is not permitted, so leave your Nike’s and fairy wings at home.

Ladies dress code for the Grand National

Prepare to glam it up, ladies – The Grand National encourages all who attend to dress to impress! Why not use Ladies Day as an opportunity to show off your true style for your chance to claim the ‘Ladies Day Best Dressed’ title and take home the Grand National Style Award? There are many options you can take to achieve this.

Dressy headpieces

Many Aintree racegoers love the chance to wear a statement headpiece to The Grand National. You could keep it simple and classy with a black fascinator or you could go completely over the top with a giant feathered headpiece – it’s all about showcasing your individual style.

Go big with colours, prints and furs

Do you go for a dress? What about a trouser suit? Do you take a coat? Whatever you decide to do, make it pop! You could go for a bold print, a striking colour, a faux fur coat, a sexy silhouette – the options are endless when it comes to turning heads during Ladies Day at Aintree. The only aspect of your outfit where you may need to be sensible are your shoes. This is England in April – we don’t want you slipping in your 6-inch stilettos during those pesky April showers!

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Jazz it up with jewellery

Be careful of going too overboard on the accessories but a fabulous pair of earrings or a statement necklace might just be what you need to give your outfit that extra edge.

Grand National Bag Policy

Most UK racecourses have a bag size policy and Aintree is no different. If you do bring a bag with you, make sure it’s only small – no larger than 30 cm wide, 20 cm high and 10cm depth. We suggest a small simple yet stylish clutch bag. For anything larger, it’s best to leave it at your hotel. If you want to bring a camera or binoculars, carry them by strap. Remember that everything gets checked once you arrive at the racecourse, so a bag may delay your entry into Aintree.

Dress code for Grand National enclosures

Aintree racecourse has a number of different enclosures. Although you are free to essentially wear what you like, some enclosures are more exclusive than others so this may have an impact on how you choose to dress.

Princess Royal Seats and Gallery

This ticket option gives you access to Champagne and seafood concessions. Let’s face it, you’re going to want to look satisfactorily suited when sampling the shrimp.

The Embankment

This is one of the more iconic enclosures at the Grand National. The Jockey Club website states that a more relaxed dress code is acceptable within this enclosure so you can afford to keep things more casual here.

Grand National Men’s Fashion

Let’s not forget about the men. After all, you too have the chance to take home the Grand National style award! You may think you are restricted to just a run of the mill suit but given the fact that the Grand National dress code rules are a little more relaxed, you actually have more options than what you may think.

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Go Athleisure

Why not adopt a relaxed yet super trendy Grand National look and go for an athleisure suit? The comfort and softness of the jersey material disguised as a cutting-edge suit is the ultimate smart/casual get up. If you choose to go athleisure, make sure you choose trousers and jackets which are nicely tailored. As you can imagine, jersey does not have the same level of structure that traditional suits offer!

Pocket squares

This is an easy way to jazz up your suit up! Choose a bold shade to create a pop of colour or even a contrasting silky material to give your outfit texture and create a more luxe Grand National look.

In need of tweed

A very simple yet effective way to look the part at Aintree. Whack on your favourite tweed peaky blinders cap or a good old-fashioned Chesterfield coat and away you go. Suits you, Sir!

The key thing to take away here is that the Grand National is a chance for you to dress up and wear something that you wouldn’t normally choose.  Don’t take yourself too seriously and use this as an opportunity to have fun and experiment with your own personal style.

Hotels Near Aintree Racecourse: Grand National 2021

Thinking of heading to the Grand National in 2021? Plan ahead for your Grand National experience with our list of top hotels near Aintree Racecourse. The world’s most famous steeplechase will once again grace the famous course for an unrivalled three days of world class horse racing. Aintree is a village located in the popular city of Liverpool, UK.

Before the Grand National in April 2021, why not take a look at our top five suggested hotels near Aintree Racecourse below and plan your trip. There’s plenty to see and do in Liverpool. So whether you are travelling to Liverpool for the night or are going to make a weekend of it, our recommended hotels are the places to stay.

1. The Liner At Liverpool

Looking for a unique hotel stay in Liverpool? The Liner at Liverpool offers guests a nautical experience with their cruise ship inspired décor. The cabin style rooms make the perfect location to rest up after exploring all of the city’s great sites. Travelling to Aintree Racecourse for the Grand National couldn’t be easier. The central location of the hotel means you can reach Aintree Racecourse in around half an hour, whether you choose public transport or a taxi. This hotel is great for those that want to make the most out of their trip to Liverpool.


2. Jury’s Inn Liverpool

Enjoy a modern and bright stay at Jury’s Inn Liverpool. Located next the city’s most prestigious Albert Dock, this is the perfect for those that have not visited Liverpool before. You can visit all the hotspots in the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city. Located approximately 7 miles away from Aintree Racecourse makes getting to and from the racecourse very easy. Be sure to book in early to avoid disappointment.


3. Hilton Liverpool

For those wanting to add a little luxury to their stay, the Hilton is the ideal setting. Take your Grand National experience to the next level and feel like a VIP as you enjoy the four star centrally located accommodation. The city centre location means you can explore Liverpool too either before or after race day. The stylish rooms create an ideal ambience to relax after a busy day at the races. Again this hotel is located only 7 miles away from Aintree racecourse, an ideal place to stay to enjoy both the racing and explore the city.


4. Travelodge Liverpool Central

Looking for more affordable accommodation in Liverpool? Don’t worry we’ve got that covered too. The Travelodge Liverpool Central is in a perfect location for exploring the city’s rich culture. Only half a mile from Liverpool Lime Street the hotel makes travelling that much easier. The budget accommodation option offers functional and comfortable living. Around 5 miles away from Aintree Racecourse this is one of the closest hotels we have found.


5. Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower

Overlooking the city’s infamous Albert Dock Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower is an ideal setting for those wanting to dive in a little deeper to the city’s long history and culture. A 10 minute walks away from Albert Dock makes exploring that much easier. This is the perfect place for those opting for a longer stay in Liverpool with plenty planned. The 7 mile trip to Aintree Racecourse is definitely worth it. The hotels offer a comfortable stay with some even having views of the Mersey.

Wherever you stay we are certain you will have a thoroughly enjoyable stay during your time in Liverpool to revel in the Grand National experience.

If you haven’t yet planned your trip for the Grand National 2021 be sure to get your VIP tickets and hospitality secured and then look for the perfect place to stay.

Tiger Roll Allotted Top Weight in Grand National 2020

The Gigginstown House Stud team are disappointed with the weight allotted to Tiger Roll. Learn more about it here.

Grand National Hospitality: VIP Experiences

The Grand National is one of the most highly anticipated sporting events in the calendar. With Grand National 2021 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 2021. 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
  • Tiger Roll 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 2021 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 Tiger Roll Suite

Named after the great Tiger Roll 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 2021 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 2021 and get your VIP experience booked.

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

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.

Book your VIP Grand National 2021 experience today and make it an unforgettable race day for all.

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