The Grand National Meeting

The Grand National is well known as one of the most exciting horse races in the UK’s calendar, but most people who don’t follow horse racing don’t realise that the Grand National, even though it is the climax of the meeting, is just one race within the 3 day Grand National meeting. Even without the Grand National which had an astonishing £925,000 prize fund in 2010, the meeting has significant prize monies available, with 16 races having a prize pool of £50,000 or higher.

The Grand National Meeting has a long association with their sponsor, John Smith’s and in fact, they sponsor the vast majority of the races at this meeting, including the Grand National itself. You can access the schedule of races via the link in the summary box at the top right of this page.

The meeting is held annually at the Aintree Racecourse, located in Liverpool, and has been held there since the Grand National first came into being. As well as being one of the highest paying meetings, it is also one of the best attended, with approximately 150,000 people attending over the 3 day period in recent years (this is up significantly from 1984, where the total was less than 50,000 for the whole meeting!).