Aintree race start date and time, runners and runners, festival program and how to follow

The 2023 Grand National is fast approaching as the biggest race of the year takes center stage in Aintree.

50-1 underdog Noble Yeats won the famous meet last year as amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen bid farewell to a fairy tale in his final race.


Sam Waley-Cohen and Noble Yeats won the Grand National last year

The stars of the racing world will meet in Liverpool in April to compete for glory.

Rachael Blackmore became the first female jockey to win the National in 2021 but was unable to defend her crown last year.

She will likely be back among runners and runners as fans flock to Aintree once again.

Grand National 2023: Start date and time

The showpiece race will take place at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool on Saturday 15 April.

It will start at 5:15 p.m. with 40 horses entered to race.

A British handicap steeplechase, it takes place over two laps totaling four miles and 514 yards with 30 fences.

The Chair, Valentine’s Brook, Foinavon, Becher’s Brook and the Canal Turn are just some of the famous fences that runners and riders will have to cross.

Grand National 2023: Runners and Riders

Over 100 horses are expected to take part in the world’s most famous show at Aintree again this year.

But a maximum of 40 will take place on the day.

Confirmed runners and runners will be announced closer to the race.

The Grand National at Aintree is the highlight of the sporting calendar

The Grand National at Aintree is the highlight of the sporting calendar

Grand National 2023: Daily schedule

Saturday April 15 at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool

  • 1:45 p.m.: Handicap Hurdle Systems (Grade 3)
  • 2:25 p.m.: Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
  • 3:00 p.m.: Maghull novice hunt (1st year)
  • 3.35pm: Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle (registered as Liverpool Hurdle) (Grade 1)
  • 4:15 p.m.: Betway Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
  • 5:15 p.m.: Randox Grand National Chase (Grade 3)
  • 6:20 p.m.: Weatherbys Standard Open NH Flat Race (Grade 2)

Grand National 2023: how to follow

Live coverage of the race will be on talkSPORT from 5 p.m.

ITV 1 and Racing TV will also broadcast the race.

More details on how to follow the action will follow soon.

Blackmore won the Grand National with a shot of 11/1 Minella Times in 2021


Blackmore won the Grand National with a shot of 11/1 Minella Times in 2021

Grand National 2023: The prize money

The prize for the Grand National is £1,000,000, making it the most valuable show jumping race in Europe.

There will be around 600 million people watching in over 140 countries.

Grand National 2023: Previous winners

Noble Yeats and jockey Waley-Cohen claimed Grand National glory last year.

Minella Times and Blackmore won the title in 2021 after no race was held in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.

Tiger Roll and Davy Russell picked up back-to-back wins in 2019 and 2018 while One For Arthur and Derek Fox took it in 2017.

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