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PRIZE MONEY for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival will exceed £3 million for the first time after news of a significant increase in funding.
Total funds for the three day meeting contested at Aintree from Thursday April 12 to Saturday April 14 this year will be £3,210,000 – an increase of seven per cent on the 2017 pot of £3 million.
The Grade 1 Betway Aintree Hurdle is one of two races where prize money has been increased by £50,000 and is now worth £250,000; as is the Grade 1 JLT Melling Chase which has been increased from the £200,000 prize fund of 2017 to £250,000 this year.
There is also a £40,000 rise for the Group 1 Betway Bowl, which now has a total prize fund of £190,000. The Grade 3 Randox Health Topham Chase, the Grand National course race on Ladies Day, is worth £140,000, up £20,000, while the Grade 3 Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle increases by £5,000 to £75,000.
Other increases are the Grade 1 Ryanair Liverpool Hurdle which is up 20 per cent to £180,000, the Grade 3 Gaskells Handicap Hurdle and the Listed Betway Handicap Chase are each up by £5,000 to £75,000. The Randox Health Fox Hunters Chase, staged over the Grand National fences on Grand National Thursday, rises to £45,000, up £5,000.
The feature race of the meeting, the Randox Health Grand National remains the most valuable race of the meeting with total prize money of £1 million.
“We are delighted to announce that prize money at the Randox Health Grand National Festival will exceed £3 million this year,” Andrew Tulloch, Regional Head of Racing Jockey Club Racecourses North West and Aintree Clerk of the Course said.
“The feature Grade 1 contests on each of the three days have all received a substantial boost, while all of our Grade 3 handicaps are now worth a minimum of £75,000 each.
“We strive to keep prize money levels as competitive as possible to attract the very best horses to Aintree and we are confident that the increases announced today will enable the Randox Health Grand National Festival to continue to offer exceptional jump racing action when the world is watching.”
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