The 2020 Grand National is due to be run on Saturday the 4th April at Aintree Racecourse (Liverpool). The start time is set for 5:15 p.m. Live coverage of the race will be screened by iTV in the UK. Why not join the rest of the country and cheer on your horse in this year’s race.
The Grand National is the pinnacle of the three day Aintree Festival which commences on Thursday 2nd of April with the ‘Opening Day’ which is followed by ‘Ladies’ Day’ on Friday the 3rd of April and ends with the big one ‘Grand National Day’ on Saturday.
Crowds in excess of 150,000 will witness one of the greatest sporting events in the world and 9 million people in the UK will tune in to watch the action unfold on TV. Tickets are on sale for the 2020 National at the Aintree Racecourse website.
THE START OF THE RACE
Watching forty horses jockey for position at the starting line of the Grand National is one of the most impressive sights in sport. There is a palpable tension in the air as the official race starter aims to get the runners lined-up. Each jockey is aiming to gain a few feet of turf and a clear run to the first fence. Once the horses are in good order the starter will raise the tape and they’re off!
In recent years, changes to the starting line position, tape placement and better communication between jockeys and course officials have reduced the chances of a false start, like the one in 1993 which voided the race. Video below shows the day it all went wrong at Aintree…