GRAND OPENING DAY ENTERTAINMENT
NICK SKELTON AND BIG STAR (Parade Ring: 12.15pm – 12.40pm)
Team GB’s Gold Medal winning duo Nick Skelton and Big Star will be making an appearance prior to the start of the Festival.
PARADE OF CHESHIRE HOUNDS – (on course: 3pm) – The Cheshire Foxhounds are known for being a very welcoming pack, who continue to hunt within the law, whilst providing great sport for young and old, following scented trails put down across the country.
THE LIGHTNING SEEDS (Aintree Pavilion: 5.30pm)
Local Liverpool alternative rock band, The Lightning Seeds will headline in the Aintree Pavilion, after the day’s racing, playing some of their greatest hits such as ‘Lucky You’, ‘Pure’ and ‘Life of Riley’.
GOFFS HORSE SALE (Parade Ring: 5.30pm)
Last year, Aintree Racecourse and Goffs UK introduced a sale of Horses in Training after racing with Grand National runner Black Thunder amongst those offered. Head to the Parade Ring after racing to see some potential future stars.
JOEL ROSS DJ SET (Red Rum Garden: 6.45pm)
Heart FM Breakfast Show host Joel Ross will be entertaining the crowds in the Red Rum Garden with a DJ set to see out the day in style.
LADIES DAY ENTERTAINMENT
SIDE SADDLE (Parade Ring – 12.05-12.35pm)
Amy Bryan-Dowell is a regular at Aintree having won the ‘Picture of Elegance Side Saddle Championship’ at Aintree Equestrian Centre in June 2015 and was also second in 2016 will be displaying elegance with a Side Saddle display in the Parade Ring alongside Lauren Allin who won in 2016 . They will also lead in the winner of the Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase.
RETRAINED RACEHORSE PARADE (Parade Ring: 12.40 – 1.10pm)
A wonderfully diverse line-up of former racehorses now enjoying alternative careers has been assembled for the RoR Parade at Aintree.
LAURA WRIGHT (Red Rum Garden: 5.30pm)
Sporting soprano and Aintree Ladies Day ambassador Laura Wright performs a short and intimate set in the Red Rum Garden.
SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR (Aintree Pavilion: 5.30pm)
The English singer, songwriter and model performs some of her greatest hits such as ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’, her 2011 single, ‘Bittersweet’ and ‘Young Blood’ from her highly regarded album ‘Wanderlust’, which reached number 4 in the UK album charts in 2014.
JO WHILEY (Red Rum Garden: 6.15pm – 7.30pm)
With the after-show parties in the Red Rum Lawn being a huge success over the past three years, popular broadcaster and Radio 2 presenter, Jo Whiley returns to the decks at 6.30pm, after a superb day of racing on the track.
GRAND NATIONAL DAY ENTERTAINMENT
MANY CLOUDS TRIBUTE (McCoys: 11.30am)
Aintree pays tribute to 2015 Grand National winner and ‘horse of a lifetime’ Many Clouds by inducting the multiple grade one winner into the Aintree Legends.
PARADE OF CHAMPIONS (Parade Ring: midday)
A number of Grand National heroes returning to parade in front of the crowd that have been fortunate enough to cheer them home over the years. The legends will come out into the Parade Ring before walking out onto the famous Aintree turf to lap up the unique atmosphere they have all been fortunate to experience before.
LAURA WRIGHT SINGS NATIONAL ANTHEM (Centre of the course: 5.07pm)
Sporting soprano and Aintree ambassador Laura Wright will sing the National Anthem prior to the Grand National race.
RED RUM 40 ACTIVITIES
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Red Rum’s legendary third victory at Aintree, there will be special activities in the Red Rum Garden.
Become part of the Red Rum’s iconic story and have your picture taken ‘riding’ the legendary Grand National treble winner to victory, or bring your friends along to get a photo cheering him on as he crosses the finish line. You’ll be able to upload your picture to social media instantly and take away your very own printed copy as memento.
Get nostalgic and look back at Red Rum’s iconic story. Reminisce about the historic moments, learn about his successes and watch the original footage of the legendary racehorse in action, all showcased on a retro 7.5 tonne horse box. And don’t worry about missing the any action, live races will also be broadcast on the screen too.
Whether you know the story of Red Rum or not, our Southport Sands 4D Experience will capture your imagination through sight, sound and even smell. This is our tribute to the legendary racehorse and to Ginger McCain who trained him along the shores of Southport Beach in the 1970s.
*Please note that timings are subject to change.