There are horse races, and then there is the Grand National. Often called ‘the greatest race in the world’ this notoriously punishing steeplechase across 4 miles and 30 fences is considered the ultimate test of a horse’s courage, and winners become the stuff of legend (see ‘The race that makes legends’).
600 million people watch this race in 140 countries, but there’s nothing like being there on the spot, feeling the ground shake as the thundering cavalry sweep by to the roar of the crowd. With Omega’s weekend break you can see all seven races on Grand National day from the Steeplechase Enclosure, with its own bars, betting shops, catering, big screen viewing, live entertainment and prime viewing of the first fences on the course. For a supplement of £28pp you can upgrade to the Tattersalls Enclosure with access to the Red Rum Garden, with views of the Parade Ring and Winner’s Enclosure. This upgrade also gives you access to the Aintree Mound which overlooks the home straight.
The weekend includes travel, dinner, bed and breakfast at a 3 or 4 star hotel, and some explore time in Manchester.
A galloping good deal!
The race that makes legends
Red Rum is the only horse ever to win three Grand Nationals. Once voted TV Sports Personality of the Year, this horse came from thirty lengths behind in 1973 to win what pundits agree was the greatest National in racing history. He is today buried with a headstone by the winning post at Aintree, with a life-sized statue near the Parade Ring. This is a race that makes records too. 2012’s winner, Neptune Collonges, took the lead by the closest ever finish and was only the third grey ever to win. 2013’s Auroras Encore romped in by 9 lengths at 66/1, while in 2009 Mon Morne won with the longest odds ever at 100/1.
Grand National 2013 Race Programme
1.45 Crabbie's Mersey Novices Hurdle 2m4f
2.15 Crabbie's Maghull Novices Steeple Chase 2m
2.50 Crabbie's Aintree Hurdle 2m4f
3.25 Crabbie's Handicap Steeple Chase 3m1f
4.15 Crabbie's Grand National Steeple Chase 4m4f
5.00 Crabbie's Handicap Hurdle 2m1/2f
5.35 Crabbie's Champion Standard NH Flat 2m1f
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