Previously known as Grand Opening Day, the name is designed to emphasise the high quality of the racing as well as showcase the Champions of the racing and Merseyside sport as a whole.
Arguably one of the best days racing in the UK Jumps calendar, it is only one of three racedays during the entire British Jump season to offer four Grade One (G1) contests. Uniquely, Grand National Thursday is the only day of the year with two open G1 races and two G1 contests for novices and is headlined by the Betway Bowl, staged over three miles and a furlong of the Mildmay Course.
The new look Thursday will also include a Champions of Merseyside sport feel, with a number of sporting champions staring in the brand new Opening Ceremony for the Festival, and being part of the newly created Champions Lounge on Grand National Thursday which racegoers will be able to be a part of. More of this to follow.
This will include champions from all sports and from all levels of the game, of which Merseyside has many.
There will also be a military theme with Aintree helping the RAF celebrate their Centenary Year in style. More of this to come.
John Baker, Managing Director of Aintree Racecourse, said: “Grand National Thursday is a day of true champions and we’re aiming to create an electric atmosphere which resonates across the city and showcases not just the first class horseracing on Grade One Thursday, but also showcase the fantastic quality of sportsmen and women we have in Merseyside in all sports and at all levels.”