Cheltenham Festival

What Makes the Grand National Different to Any Other Race Meeting?

The Grand National Festival is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar in the UK. It takes place annually at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool and is one of the best meetings to visit for frequent racegoers and those who enjoy a social occasion.

Here is a look at what makes the Grand National meeting different from the other events in the sport.

The Grand National is the World’s Most Famous Steeplechase

The Grand National is a race that millions tune into around the world. It dates all the way back to 1839 and interest in the marathon contest continues to be strong.

Although the most prestigious race in jumps racing is the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Grand National is not far behind. Galvin, who has Cheltenham Festival 2022 odds of 10/3, is bidding to complete a rare double in the two races this season. Galvin is one of the popular Cheltenham race tips for the Gold Cup. If he prevails at the Festival, and then scores at Aintree a month later, he will do what no horse since Golden Miller in 1934 has achieved.

The field of 40 runners in the Grand National have a huge distance of 4m2½f to contend with at Aintree. The fences on the Grand National course also make this race so unique. They are bigger than the standard obstacles at a racecourse.

Huge Social Event in Liverpool

Over 200,000 are expected to visit Aintree across the three-day meeting. Demand for tickets is always popular, and racing fans in Liverpool ensure they are off from work for this event and look to attend every year.

The meeting also attracts a strong following from Ireland, particularly on Grand National Day, the last day of the three. Irish horses have had a lot of success in the race in recent years, including in 2021 when Minella Times prevailed, so they have had a lot to shout about.

Hospitality at Aintree is First Class

The hospitality on offer at Aintree is regarded as some of the best anywhere in horse racing. Those who want luxury can do so with some fine dining at one of the restaurants at the racecourse.

One of the big benefits of booking hospitality is that you don’t need to worry about queues at the racecourse when you want to order food, something to drink or place a bet. All these options are available to you in a private area of the grandstand, which also offers the best view of the track.

More Casual Than Royal Ascot

The Grand National is very different from Royal Ascot, one of the other major UK meetings on the horse calendar. In many ways, it is far more casual. The dress code at Royal Ascot is very strict, which puts off some potential race-goers.

Although many people do like to dress up for their visit to Aintree, unless you are in one of the hospitality areas, you do not need to wear a hat or suit/dress. If you want to attend in casual clothing, it is not a problem, but smart clothing is the most popular option you will see there.

Excitement is already building towards the 2022 Grand National. This year’s race will be the 174th in history and it has attracted a strong field of entries.

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