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Grand National: Our trip to the nation's favourite steeplechase

Updated: Apr 23, 2023

What is the Grand National?

First run in 1839, when 9-year-old Lottery took the race for George Dockeray, Grand National Day is the the day the nation goes racing. Millions tune in around the country, joining sweepstakes with colleagues and friends, and a further 70,000 make the trip to Aintree to watch in person. Awash with fairytales, the Grand National has seen false starts, remarkable finishes, and both heartmake and heartbreak.

What's the itinerary?

While the Grand National is on Saturday, there's two further days of racing at Aintree leading up to the big event. Constitution Hill made a final season appearance this year, and there were a eleven Grade 1s on display. Come for one day, two, or the full three... we'll arrange racecourse transfers and a hotel room in Liverpool, Chester or Knutsford, out in the country.

What happened in 2023's running?

2023's Grand National was won by Corach Rambler. The mount of Derek Fox, he made it two for Lucinda Russell and Peter Scudamore. In the year their previous National winner, One For Arthur, died of colic (and Russell's father died), it was a rollercoaster of emotions for the Scottish heroes, and the horse's syndicate owners, who included 21-year-old Cameron Sword.

What about hospitality at Aintree?

A Festival Zone ticket is surely the best value pass to a UK racecourse, with access to quality viewing and steps around the parade ring (shoulder to shoulder with exiting jockeys). Feel free to upgrade with us, though, and enjoy the Princess Royal or Queen Mother roof. You can also choose to add bespoke hospitality to your day, including a four-course lunch at Sunloch, or a champagne reception at the Papillon Restaurant high above the course.


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