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Racing on Grand National Day

Top class racing culminating with the world's greatest Steeplechase

Grand National Day is one of the most anticipated events in the UK, which not only excites the city of Liverpool but it also captures the imagination of the whole world!

Grand National Day offers a magnificent seven-race card including three Grade 1 races and the awaited Randox Health Grand National Steeple Chase (Grade 3, 4m, 2 ½f, £ 1,000,000) at 5.15pm, which is in its 170th year. The world’s most famous Steeple Chase is run over 4 miles 2½ furlongs with horses jumping 30 fences over two circuits. The most valuable jump race in Europe, The Randox Health Grand National Steeple Chase is uniquely challenging, featuring much larger fences than those found on conventional National Hunt tracks.

The day begins with the Grade 3 Gaskells Handicap Hurdle at 1.40 pm followed by the Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1, 2m, 4f), which is open to horses aged four years or older and features eleven hurdles. Willie Mullins trained, Yorkhill, gave Paul Townend success last year as he won this race on Grand National Day.

The Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1, 2m) is open to novice chasers aged five years or older with twelve fences to be jumped. Douvan triumphed in this Chase last year.

DOUVAN ridden by Paul Townend WINNER of the Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Chase at Aintree 9/4/16 Photograph by Grossick Racing Photography 0771 046 1723

The third Grade 1 race of the day is the The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1, 3m ½f) open to horses aged four years or older with thirteen hurdles to be jumped. After two years dominated by Nicky Henderson’s trained, Whisper, who took this race both in 2014 and 2015, Thistlecrack won the 2016 edition of the race.

THISTLECRACK Ridden by Tom Scudamore wins at Antree 9/4/16 Photograph by GROSSICK RACING 07710461723

The showpiece race of the day is the Randox Health Grand National at 5.15pm (Grade 3, 4m 2½f, £1,000,000). Unique race and a global phenomenon, The Randox Health Grand National is unique, the race of dreams and creator of legends. Therefore, it is no surprise that the National receives more attention around the world than any other horse race.

RULE THE WORLD ridden by David Mullins WINNER OF THE CRABBIES GRAND NATIONAL at Aintree 9/4/16 Photograph by Grossick Racing Photography 0771 046 1723