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Ruby Walsh and Andrew Thornton to join Preview Night Panel at Home of The Grand National

Two-time Grand National winning jockey, Ruby Walsh* and 14 time Grand National jockey, Andrew Thornton will join the panel for an exclusive preview night at Aintree 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.

Ruby Walsh* and Andrew Thornton will join Grand National winning trainer, Oliver Sherwood, the most successful female jockey in Grand National history, Katie Walsh to give their unique insight and tips for the three days of the Festival. The preview night will be hosted by Aintree’s racing presenter, Gordon Brown.

The preview night is strictly limited to 500 people and is available through Racing Breaks. Please click on the following link – Grand National Thursday and Preview Night package.

You can purchase the preview evening tickets for only £15. Racing Breaks are also offering free entry to the preview night with any Wednesday night packages which start from £99pp including bed & breakfast, course walk, free drink and festival zone tickets to Thursday’s racing

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, 12 April and Ladies Day, Friday 13 April in the first section, and Grand National Day, Saturday 14 April in the second half of the evening.

Parking will be available in Festival Zone parking (follow signs for FZ labels) with entrance on Ormskirk Road and racegoers will be guided onto and through the racecourse by Aintree’s Racemakers.

On arrival, guests will enjoy music and take in video footage of previous Grand Nationals, including Red Red Rum’s 1977 victory, Aldaniti’s 1981 success 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 Racing Breaks 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 Ruby Walsh, Oliver Sherwood, Katie Walsh and Andrew Thornton 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

*Thursday rides permitting