Grand National 2020
Sadly the Aintree Grand National Festival 2020 has been cancelled. This is obviously a great shame, particularly as Tiger Roll was attempting equine immortality in the great race. Gordon Elliott (trainer) has suggested that the Tiger will be back in 2021! In light of the escalation of the Coronavirus Pandemic I am sure you will agree that it was the only real choice open to the powers that be during this National emergency and hopefully the steps now being taken will help bring this very troubling period to a conclusion as quickly as possible.
All horse racing fixtures within the UK have been cancelled until the end of April 2020, this means that a number of major fixtures have also been lost including the Lincoln Meeting at Doncaster, the Craven Meeting at Newmarket, The Scottish Grand National Meeting at Ayr and the Bet 365 Jumps Finale at Sandown (Formally the Whitbread) we are therefore now focusing on events later in the year and into 2021.
Grand National 2021
AINTREE RACECOURSE – AINTREE HOSPITALITY 2021
Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool is known around the world as being home to the prestigious Grand National steeplechase.
A monumental challenge for both horse and jockey, the revered race is run over 4 miles, 2 furlongs and 74 yards. It is widely considered to be one of the most demanding competitions within sport. Each year spectators can expect to see a fiercely competitive battle unfold.
There are a vast number of obstacles that racers must contend with. Before reaching the finish line Grand National Runners must complete two laps of the 16 fenced racecourse. Renowned hurdles include The Chair, Foinavon, Valentine’s, Canal Turn and Becher’s Brook. The names of the famous fences are stemmed from Grand National History.
Becher’s Brook takes its name from Captain Martin Becher. In the first official Grand National race in 1839 the jockey fell from his horse and took shelter in the brook. This was in an attempt to avoid any further injury.
The challenging fences are said to evoke fear into the toughest of jockeys. Unlike any other course in British National Hunt Racing all fences except the water jump are covered in Spruce.
Grand National Triumphs
Existing for more than 170 years the event has seen some remarkable triumphs. There are so many that have made history it’s always hard to pick one. A favourite amongst many avid racegoers is Foinavon’s remarkable victory in 1967. The undistinguished Irish racehorse shot to fame with his unpredictable win.
At the 23rd fence, a rogue horse dramatically veered to the right which caused a full speed collision. The collision caused an incredibly large pile up meaning many couldn’t jump the fence or fell down. Foinavon was lagging so far behind that he had time to steer the chaos. Successfully jumping the 23rd fence from wide.
At odds of 100/1, Foinavon achieved an astounding victory that lives on until this day. Aintree Racecourse continues to celebrate the great win. The 23rd fence is more commonly known as “Foinavon Fence” which was renamed in 1984.
Grand National History
A 40 runner lineup will compete in each race but fewer than ten often complete the course. In 1928, 42 horses charged out of the starting blocks but only two managed to cross the finish line. This further highlights how difficult the racecourse at Aintree is.
The record for the greatest number of wins at the Grand National is held by the great Red Rum. With three wins at Aintree he is still the greatest horse of all time. No other horse has come close to the triumphs of Red Rum. A statue of Red Rum stands proudly at Aintree as his greatness continues to be celebrated.
Other Events at Aintree
Four other signature races take place over the National fences at Aintree. Those are:
- The Topham Chase
- Foxhunters Chase
- Grand Sefton Handicap Chase
- Becher Chase
Aintree has also hosted many other great events over the years. The British Grand Prix was staged there on five occasions in 1955, 1957, 1959, 1961 and 1962. The motor racing circuit also held 11 non-championship Formula 1 races. These were known as the Aintree 200 and were first won in 1954 by Stirling Moss.
Other spectacles at Aintree include the impressive 9-hole golf course and driving range. Many concerts have also taken place there. Michael Jackson concluded the European leg of his 1987-1989 Bad World Tour at Aintree. In 1988 he performed to an audience of 125,000 people. Other recorded performed include McFly, Pink, The Kaiser Chiefs and The Chemical Brothers.
Aintree underwent a £35 million redevelopment project and the results were spectacular. Aintree now have two new Grandstands named The Early of Derby and The Lord Sefton Stand. The new Parade Ring, Winners Enclosure and Aintree Pavilion offer a first class racing experience for all.
Visitors can sample the magic of Aintree by visiting the visitors centre between the months of May and October.
Enjoy impressive Grand National 2021 hospitality at Aintree Racecourse with Eventmasters. With VIP packages and tickets for all three days of the Grand National Festival, there’s plenty to choose from. Indulge in a fine ding experience, quench your thirst at the complimentary bars and enjoy afternoon tea. All in the comfort of the luxurious venues. Choose from the exclusive Silks Restaurant, The Corbiere Suite or The Bob Champion Suite. You and your guests deserve to enjoy an experience of a lifetime at Aintree.