The 2018 Grand National Festival is just around the corner and horse racing fans around the country will be preparing for what is one of the most exciting equestrian events on the calendar. With the Grand National playing host to legendary storylines such as the triple winning success of Red Rum, for anyone interested in the racing around Aintree’s famous fences the world will definitely stop in its tracks. As such, for many a lot of meticulous planning goes into ensuring the weekend across which the event is held is a memorable one.
This year the Grand National Festival 2018 grand opening day falls on 12th April and once again the eyes of the world will be on television sets beaming live footage from Aintree once more. If you’re planning on either going to watch the races live, or on TV, here’s how to make the most of one of the biggest race days of the year.
Where to Watch the Grand National festival 2018 Opening Day
With the Grand National being such a huge event on the equine racing calendar, the day’s races are broadcast on free to air channel ITV. That means you can watch the races live in the comfort of your own home, online on the ITV website, as well as various pubs and clubs in Liverpool and around the country. Most bookmakers provide a livestream for their online customers, while RACING UK also offers a daily pass for coverage on mobile devices for a small fee.
Betting on the Grand National festival 2018 Grand Opening Day
The Grand National isn’t the Grand National without a bit of a flutter on the side and as with any sporting event, placing a bet on races is one way to increase the excitement on the day. As can be expected, there are many options for punters to place their bets. Betting on the 2018 Grand National opening day race is available at William Hill and other reputable online and high street bookies. Information on odds, tips and horses to watch will also be readily available for what should be an exciting day of racing.
Grand National festival 2018 Grand Opening Day: Tickets, Hospitality Packages, and Race Times
The official race programme of the Grand National festival 2018 grand opening day is yet to be released but tickets for the event are already on sale. Races will begin on Thursday 12th April, leading up to Ladies Day on Friday and of course the main event on Saturday the 14th. As you can imagine, the Grand National is an extremely popular event on the horse racing calendar and as such tickets tend to sell out pretty quickly.
A good place to try and get tickets for many areas of the course is at Ticket Quarter as well as other official channels and they range in price from around £30 to just over £100. Tickets include access to the Festival Zone, ones for the Princess Royal, Lord Sefton and Earl of Derby, among other sections. As for hospitality packages, these tend to sell out even faster, although a few may still be available to purchase through selected online retailers.
Race times are yet to be announced but a quick look at 2017’s opening day schedule shows that they are likely to begin at around 1:40 pm with subsequent races at 45-minute intervals. The last race in 2017 was run at 5:15pm.
With so many different option of where to watch the 2018 Grand National opening day races, there is really no excuse not to watch the biggest racing event of the year. And with the option of having a flutter on some of the races, it should turn out to be an exciting day once more.