Things are really looking up for the 2013 Grand National Festival as recent announcements regarding the prize pots on offer revealed that many of the races over the four days are to get a bump in money.
Thursday is the big winner as a move for the Aintree Hurdle, previously held on Saturday Grand National Day, means that the overall prize money on offer has reached a record £695,000.
Aintree's Clerk of the Course, Andrew Tulloch said “We are confident that this switch will greatly strengthen Thursday's card and thereby provide a big additional star attraction on the opening day,
“It is a formidable day's racing with the Grade One Betfred Bowl, the Grade One Matalan Anniversary 4-Year-Old Hurdle and the John Smith's Fox Hunters' Chase over the Grand National fences also on the Thursday card.
“Prize money for the Thursday is £695,000, up £130,000 on last year, and we are putting a lot of effort into increasing the attendance towards the very high levels seen on the other two days.”
Overall prize money for the three-day festival now stands at an incredible £2,275,000, with 13 of the 21 races benefitting from an increase in prize funds.
There was no increase for the 2013 Grand National itself which saw an increase last year so it still stands at £975,000, of which it is estimated that the winner gets nearly £550,000 with the rest being divided down to 10th place.
With so much on offer it's easy to see why it's so difficult to win and why it's the greatest steeple chase in the world!