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Exclusive Preview Night at Home of The Grand National

Exclusive preview night will return to the racecourse on Wednesday 11 April, the night prior to the three day Randox Health Grand National Festival, Thursday 12 April – Saturday 14 April.

The preview night will include a Virtual Tour of the Grand National and a preview of the three days racing by a panel of experts including Grand National winning trainer, Oliver Sherwood, the most successful female jockey in Grand National history, Katie Walsh, with two more leading racing personalities to be announced as panellists in due course. The preview night will be hosted by Aintree’s racing presenter, Gordon Brown.

The preview night will start with expert panellists talking through footage of last year’s heroic victory by One for Arthur. The preview to the three days will then be split into two sections with panellists focussing on racing on Grand National Thursday, 6 April and Ladies Day, Friday 7 April in the first section, and Grand National Day, Saturday 8 April in the second half of the evening.

Guests will arrive through the VIP entrance and parking will be available. Racegoers will be guided to the racecourse by Aintree’s Racemakers.

On arrival, guests will enjoy music from a local band and take in video footage of previous Grand Nationals, including Red Red Rum’s 1977 victory and last year’s triumph by One for Arthur.

John Baker, Managing Director of Aintree Racecourse, said: “Racing is and always will be at the centre of the Randox Health Grand National Festival so we’re delighted to be able to offer this fantastic preview night to three days of top class racing for Grand National Thursday bookers. It will be the first opportunity for racegoers to see Aintree Racecourse fully set for The Randox Health Grand National Festival, so this will be a unique experience for 500 people. Aside from that, there will be an exciting and interesting Grand National virtual tour with insight by racing experts such as Oliver Sherwood and Katie Walsh as well as an informative and engaging preview night looking ahead to the Festival.

”This is an exclusive offer for 500 people only, so I’d urge people to snap them up quickly!”

Preview Night Timings: 

From 6.30pm Guests to arrive through the VIP entrance and will be guided to the Aintree Pavilion
7.00pm – 7.30pm Grand National virtual tour
7.30pm – 8.00pm Preview session – Grand Opening Day and Ladies Day
8.00pm – 8.15pm Break
8.15pm– 8.45pm Preview session – Grand National Day
9.00pm Bar to close – Aintree Pavilion

For £99, you could purchase a Grand National Preview Night Package, courtesy of Racing Breaks which includes the following:

  • One Night’s Bed & Breakfast on the Albert Docks
  • Stay at The Jurys Inn or Holiday Inn Express
  • Invitation to exclusive Grand National Preview evening
  • Festival Zone ticket to Grand National Thursday
  • Exclusive course walk before the racing begins
  • Free drink at the Racing Breaks Bar

To book the package or find out more, head to the Racing Breaks website here