Mostly thanks to the world-famous Grand National, Aintree’s Racecourse in Sefton, Merseyside has become a household name around the UK and Ireland. However, there’s much more to Aintree than just The Grand National Festival.
There are four other National Hunt meetings hosted run across the three racecourses of Aintree throughout each and every year, including Evening Racing in mid-May on The Mildmay, Afternoon Racing in October after the summer break, Autumn Racing in November and The Becher Chase race day just before Christmas.
If you’re hoping to secure tickets for any of these events at Aintree, there’s plenty to go around. Aintree boasts a race day capacity of 75,000, so as long as you’re fast, you’ll likely get your hands on a ticket or two.
You’ll also find that there’s a variety of ticket types depending on your budget size, so whether you’d prefer to enjoy your selected race days with a standard entry ticket and freedom to visit a selection of bars and food outlets, or you plan to set aside a larger budget for any of these magnificent occasions and spend the day in luxury, there’s an Aintree ticket for you.
There are innumerable restaurant packages and private balcony options to choose from, most of which offer first-class fine dining, complimentary bars and exquisite views of the racecourse.
Regardless of your preferences on how you prefer to experience the race days at Aintree, value is key. All ticket options for Aintree events including the Grand National can be affordable when you factor in everything that’s thrown into your package.
Grand National Tickets
The Grand National 2021 is scheduled to take place from Thursday the 8th until Saturday the 10th of April, with three race days worth of glory to try to comprehend.
The Randox Grand National Festival is split into three individually named days, The Randox Liverpool’s NHS Day on Thursday the 8th, Randox Ladies Day on Friday the 9th and The Randox Grand National Day on Saturday the 10th of April.
As soon as the gates open, there’s plenty to explore around Aintree’s horse racing venue, with a few hours to make yourself at home before the action begins. Shopping stalls, bars, food outlets and more are all accessible with any form of Aintree ticket.
If you and your party have treated yourselves to a hospitality package, you can head up to your chosen host restaurant as soon as you’ve entered the venue, where you’ll be served breakfast bites, hot and cold drinks and more, depending on your package choice.
The highest-value, most noteworthy races of The Grand National Festival at Aintree are The Betway Aintree Hurdle on The Randox Liverpool’s NHS Day, The Marsh Steeple Chase on Ladies Day and, of course, The Randox Health Grand National Steeple Chase on Grand National Day.
Evening Racing Tickets
The 2021 edition of Aintree’s Evening Racing is scheduled to take place on the evening of Friday the 14th of May.
The Evening Racing at Aintree is the final National Hunt meeting held at the world-class venue before the summer break, rendering it a must-see event with no more horse racing to take place here for another 5 months before the Afternoon Racing in October.
Beginning with The Class 4 Mares’ Handicap Hurdle around 17:30, Aintree’s Evening Racing features a seven-race card with around £100,000 in prize money on the line across the evening.
The highest value race of the day will be The Class 2 Handicap Chase at around 19:45, offering a first-place prize of £25,000.
The final race of the day is a particularly interesting one: The Class 3 Point-To-Point Bumper Standard National Hunt Flat Race for amateur riders, concluding the day after it has been run at around 20:50.
Afternoon Racing Tickets
Afternoon Racing at Aintree welcomes National Hunt horse racing back to the venue with a delightful seven-race card offering on Sunday the 24th of October 2021.
It’s been about 5 months since Aintree last witnessed a National Hunt performance and tickets are in high demand, so if you’re considering a trip to Liverpool for this event, make sure you get hold of your tickets nice and early – especially if you’re hoping for a hospitality racing experience.
The Sunday afternoon kicks off with a GBB race in the form of The Class 4 Maiden Hurdle at or just after 12:47 in the afternoon. There are 6 more races to follow on this glorious afternoon.
The highest value fixture of the afternoon is the Grade 2, Class 1 Monet’s Garden Old Roan Steeple Chase, offering a purse of £64,000 to be split proportionately between the first four finishers.
Afternoon Racing at Aintree concludes after the running of the 2 miles and 1 furlong in length Visit racingtv.com EBF Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at 16:17.
Autumn Racing Tickets
Just a few weeks after The Afternoon Racing, Aintree re-opens its gates to welcome back enthusiastic horse racing spectators to witness the Autumn Racing. Aintree’s Autumn Racing 2021 will present a seven-race card on Saturday the 6th of November.
Beginning with The William Hill Extra Places Every Day European Breeders Fund National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle at 12:25, Autumn Racing at Aintree offers some extremely affordable ticket prices to those that want to simply observe the classy commotion as it unfolds. Of course, there are a limited number of superb restaurant and hospitality packages, too.
The most notable of these all-round excellent races are The Follow @WillHillRacing on Twitter Steeple Chase at 14:10 and The William Hill Lengthen #YourOdds Handicap Steeple Chase at 15:20.
Becher Chase Tickets
The final meeting of the calendar year at Aintree Racecourse is The William Hill Becher Chase, offering festive fun within an admirable atmosphere on Saturday the 4th of December 2021.
It may not quite be the festive period for some, but in the world of the workplace, The William Hill Becher Chase race day featuring a seven-race card offers a fantastic opportunity for a Christmas or end of the year corporate function or work party alongside elite National Hunt horse racing.
After Aintree’s gates open at 09:45, visitors have a few hours to get comfortable before The William Hill Becher Chase race day commences with The William Hill Extra Place Races Every Day Novices’ Hurdle at 11:45.
The Becher Chase itself begins at 13:30 and acts as an early-season practice run for The Grand National Steeple Chase, offering six-figures in prize money to the successful competitors.