Aintree Racing

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There can be few names in horseracing which stir the passions and capture the imagination more than Aintree. One of the most famous racecourses in the country, Aintree is also the venue for one of the worlds most incredible and famous steeplechase events, the Grand National. The racecourse is situated in Merseyside, in the Sefton area and since opening in 1829 has been at the forefront of horseracing in Britain. For many, Aintree racing is what the National Hunt and horseracing in general is all about.

Free Horse Racing Tips, Click Here! There are national hunt fixtures, steeplechases and then there is the Grand National, which for a great many people is the greatest horse race in the world.

There is almost a gladiatorial feel during the Grand National which taps into the psyche of the nation and this race more than any other has come to define Aintree racing.

The National is held in April each year and the challenges presented by it for horse and rider are legendary. Four and a half miles, often in soft ground, must be navigated with 16 steeplechase fences to be negotiated on the way.

The Grand National is a notoriously difficult race to finish and that the obstacles to overcome such as the Chair and Beecher’s Brook have become household names in themselves illustrates the mass appeal of a race, a fixture in which more bets are placed than any other on the planet.

The undoubted star of the National is Red Rum who between the years of 1973 and 1977, won three times and came second the other two.

Famous though it is, there is more to Aintree Racing than the Grand National and 6 additional fixtures are held throughout the year. Some of these are family oriented and combine some excellent racing with a whole range of fun events and activities. Freaky Family Fun Day is a Halloween extravaganza, where fairground attractions and live entertainment complement the racecard and provide a superb day out for all. The week before Halloween is given over to Old Roan Race Day and in November Beecher’s Chase Day is held. For all the winter race days admission for children is free and during the summer race events top stars from the world of music provide the post-race entertainment.

Aintree racing is synonymous with first rate hospitality and the famous old course is well equipped to offer a huge array of contemporary hospitality options for racegoers and visitors. Enjoy superb panoramic views over the course and the finishing line from within the stylish and sophisticated environment of the Princess Royal Restaurant, or make the most of the social buzz and ample food options within the Modest Choice restaurant, by the Parade Ring. Either way a selection of hospitality packages are available which include all the elements required for a memorable day at the races.

A typical all-inclusive package will comprise exclusive race viewing, often from a private balcony, fresh pastries and coffee when you arrive, followed by a four-course lunch, and then afternoon tea.
Aintree Racing, inside rail

Additionally, a complimentary bar can be arranged and all packages will include car parking, a racecard with all the essential information on each race, and Tote betting which is ideal to get everyone involved in the races of the day.

For the ultimate VIP treatment, ideal for impressing business clients or simply as a wonderful celebration, a selection of private boxes is available. The boxes overlook the starting line, and provide exclusivity, luxury, intimacy, privacy, style, and sophistication in abundance. Choose the best box to accommodate your party and then the right hospitality package to match.

Two new Grandstands are the most recent addition to Aintree and as well as providing some excellent race viewing are equipped to provide state of the art conferencing and function facilities for a full range of private events. Up to 600 guests can be accommodated with all hospitality available whatever the event. These new facilities extend the incredible range of options within Aintree in which to host events for groups and parties.

The appeal of Aintree is forever linked to the culture, history and tradition of the place and its incredible contribution to the world of horseracing. This is most evident within the traditional parts of the course such as the Old Weighting Room which still has the original scales in place and memorabilia of the Grand National all around.

The timeless grandeur and elegance of the Old Weighting Room makes the perfect backdrop to a range of private events for up to 100 guests and is especially popular as a unique venue for weddings. Aintree is licensed to conduct partnerships and civil ceremonies and there is an outdoor space associated with the Old Weighing Room with a canopy, providing a charming environment for summer receptions. Additional, more intimate options for up to 60 guests are available within the Paddock Lodge and Sefton Rooms, both of which are adorned with special memories of the history of Aintree racing.

Sports at Aintree are not confined to horse racing. At one point racing at Aintree meant motor racing too and the old Grand Prix motor race circuit at the centre of the course has been transformed into a 9-hole golf course, one of the longest in the country. There is also a floodlit driving range with 30 bays and golf lessons are available. Equestrian events are held at Aintree too, within a brand new and stunning facility, the International Aintree Equestrian Centre. Horses and Aintree clearly make for a wonderful partnership.