Grand National Opening Day 2024 Preview

On the eagerly anticipated opening day at the Grand National, the air is charged with a palpable blend of excitement, tradition, and sporting prowess. As one of the most prestigious and iconic horse racing events in the world, the Grand National captures the collective imagination of spectators and participants alike.

The historic Aintree Racecourse transforms into a buzzing arena where the thunderous hoofbeats of majestic thoroughbreds reverberate against the backdrop of roaring crowds. With a rich heritage dating back to 1839, this annual spectacle not only showcases the raw athleticism of both horse and jockey but also fosters an atmosphere of communal revelry, marking the commencement of a thrilling racing season.

Experience it all for yourself  at Aintree Racecourse with official Grand National hospitality for the ultimate raceday in 2024. 

Grand National Opening Day: Race Schedule

The Grand National opening day race schedule is a meticulously crafted lineup of exhilarating events that captivate both seasoned racing enthusiasts and casual spectators alike. From the moment the gates swing open, the day unfolds with a series of thrilling races, each adding its own chapter to the storied history of the event.

Whether it’s the prestigious Grade One races or the pulse-pounding handicaps, every event on the schedule contributes to the electric atmosphere that permeates the Aintree Racecourse. With anticipation building with each passing race, spectators eagerly await the crowning moments of victory and the heart-pounding finishes that define the essence of the Grand National opening day race schedule.

Immerse yourself in all the horse racing action at Aintree Racecourse this spring by securing your official Grand National hospitality.






The Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase (Class 1) Grade 1

2m 4f



The Boodles Anniversary 4-y-o Juvenile Hurdle (Class 1) Grade 1

2m 1f



The Aintree Bowl Steeple Chase (Class 1) Grade 1

3m 1f



The William Hill Aintree Hurdle (Class 1) Grade 1

2m 4f



The Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase

2m 5f



The Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 1) Grade 3




The Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat (Grade 2)

2m 1f


Grand National Opening Day: Key Race

At the heart of the Grand National’s opening day, two key races stood as the focal points, igniting the fervor of racing enthusiasts and setting the stage for an unforgettable spectacle. The Aintree Bowl and the Aintree Hurdle, both revered Grade One contests, captivated the audience with their unique challenges and prestigious pedigrees.

The Aintree Bowl witnessed Shishkin, trained by the adept Nicky Henderson and ridden by Nico de Boinville, making a triumphant late surge to claim victory. Meanwhile, the Aintree Hurdle featured the exceptional Constitution Hill, last year’s Champion Hurdle victor and a horse hailed as “the horse of a generation.” The stellar six-year-old led from start to finish in a commanding display, securing his seventh win out of seven under rules.

With the Aintree Bowl Steeple Chase scheduled for 14:55 and the William Hill Aintree Hurdle at 15:30, these two races do not want to be missed. See if Shishkin or Constitution Hill have what it takes for repeat success with official Grand National hospitality packages for an absolutely thrilling raceday in the stunning backdrop of Aintree Racecourse. 

Grand National Opening Day: Market Favourites

As the Champion Hurdle looms large on the horizon of the Cheltenham Festival 2024’s opening day, the unforeseen absence of the incomparable Constitution Hill injects an air of uncertainty into the proceedings. Nicky Henderson’s stable superstar, known for his electrifying performances and unbeaten record, had been poised to defend his title in a much-anticipated rematch against Ireland’s leading hurdler, State Man. However, fate intervened with a setback revealed through a dirty scope, uncovering an infection that dashed hopes of witnessing this epic showdown.

Consequently, the stage is now set for State Man to step into the spotlight as the undisputed frontrunner in the Champion Hurdle. With a small field expected due to the scarcity of top-quality contenders in the division beyond State Man, the race takes on a new dimension, with emerging talents aiming to seize the opportunity to etch their names in racing history. Despite the absence of Constitution Hill, the Champion Hurdle promises to be a fiercely contested affair, as State Man leads the charge in pursuit of glory and the substantial prize purse awaiting the triumphant contender.

Witness who will prove victorious this time around with official Grand National hospitality packages for the ultimate horse racing experience in 2024.

Grand National Hospitality

Grand National hospitality elevates the racing experience to unparalleled levels of luxury and comfort, offering patrons exclusive access to premium amenities and unparalleled views of the action. Among the cutting-edge hospitality areas at Aintree Racecourse stands the Silver Birch Garden Party, a sophisticated retreat where privileged racing enthusiasts can bask in opulence along the illustrious winning straight. From the vantage point of the premium Silver Birch hospitality suite, guests indulge in a world of refinement, savouring exquisite cocktails, fine dining, and unrivalled trackside vistas.

To discover more about the diverse range of Grand National hospitality options available and to secure your place at this prestigious event, contact Hospitality Centre today. Let us tailor your Grand National experience to perfection, ensuring that every moment is imbued with luxury, excitement, and unforgettable memories.

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