Grand National Festival


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Very few sporting events resonate across a spectrum quite as broad as that reached by the Grand National at Aintree. It is routinely regarded as a race like no other, known as ‘The People’s Race’ and famed for being the most famous and iconic steeplechase in the world.

What Grand National Festival 2024
Where Aintree Racecourse, Ormskirk Rd, Aintree, Liverpool L9 5AS, United Kingdom
When 11-13 April 2024

The race itself comes as the culmination of three days of top-class action on the Merseyside turf, as the sporting city of Liverpool is engulfed by racing in the spring sunshine. The 2024 Grand National Festival is due to run from Thursday April 11th to Saturday April 13th.

Aintree is a stones’ throw from Liverpool city centre and the magnificent modern-day racecourse and facilities are a match for anything in Britain. It is one of the famous sporting destinations in the world and attracts visitors from all over the world.

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Grand National Festival Races and Dates

The Grand National Festival runs from Thursday 11th April – Saturday 13th April 2024 at Aintree Racecourse.

Day 1: Liverpool’s Day Thursday 11th April 2024

The opening day is billed as a relaxed raceday experience with a mix of high quality racing and easy-going entertainment to celebrate the host city of Liverpool. Making the Grand National Festival a central part of the city’s regeneration strategy has pushed a spotlight on Aintree like never before.

Racing from Aintree at this Festival is watched in 100 different countries with over 150,000 descending upon the famous racecourse. The opening day is all about showcasing the people of Liverpool and their thriving home city.

Day 1 features a quartet of Grade 1 races to satisfy any racing fan, including the Aintree Hurdle, The Bowl Steeple Chase and the Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle.

Day 2: Ladies Day Friday 12th April 2024

Aintree’s Ladies Day is full of colour, style and fashion and celebrates the individuality and creativity of the thousands of racegoers that make their way to the track. All things style and fashion are in the spotlight, which they share with another high-class seven-race card on the turf.

Again there are four Grade 1 races to savour, with the Top Novices’ Hurdle kicking off the top-level action. The Novices’ Chase and the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle are also up for grabs, with £500,000 in prize money in the Grade 1s alone.

The feature race on day two at Aintree is the Marsh Steeple Chase (formerly the Melling). Fakir D’oudairies has won two of the last three renewals of this race for trainer Joseph O’Brien.

Day 3: Grand National Day Saturday 13th April 2024

The main course is served on Saturday afternoon, with The Grand National now positioned in a tea-time slot (5:15PM) which helps to maximises a television audience in Britain as well as further afield.

The great race is rightly recognised as a display of endeavour, ability, talent and true determination – both equine and human – and it routinely pulls at the heartstrings with fairytale stories of how and where the winners have come from for their moment of destiny, in front of a global audience. The Grand National is an unrivalled British sporting tradition.

As with the other days of the festival, Grade 1 action is in plentiful supply with the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle, the Freebooter Handicap Steeple Chase and the Liverpool Stayers’ Hurdle all preceding the biggest race in the calendar.

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Aintree Racecourse

Aintree Racecourse is the pride of Merseyside in racing terms. This vast, panoramic racecourse is maintained to the highest standards and the Grand National Festival is routinely noted for the pristine condition of the turf. The famous Aintree fences are unique and unmistakable in the racing world.


Grand National Festival Betting 

Across the three days of the Grand National Festival at Aintree, MansionBet will have analysis and previews of the biggest and most prestigous races on the card.

We have also carefully and meticulously selected the best online bookmakers for those hoping to open an account and begin betting on this world-famous steeplechase.



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