Grand National 2020: Aintree designates first day of 2020 Grand National meeting ‘Liverpool’s Day’

Tiger Roll

Tiger Roll targets a third successive win in the Grand National after victories in 2018 and 2019. (Pic: Courtesy of Aintree Racecourse).

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AINTREE Racecourse has designated the first of the three-day Randox Health Grand National meeting on April 2, 3 and 4 as ‘Liverpool’s Day’ in a tribute to the city and the people.

The Randox Health Grand National – the world’s greatest steeplechase – has been won for the past two years by the Gordon Elliott-trained Tiger Roll who bids for a three-timer in 2020.

John Baker, managing director at Aintree Racecourse, said: “The Randox Health Grand National Festival continues to go from strength to strength and, with the dawn of a new decade, we are pleased to celebrate the unique and outstanding heritage of the city of Liverpool by designating day one as Liverpool’s Day.

“The quality of racing on Liverpool’s Day is consistently of the very highest level. Kemboy laid down his credentials as the best chaser of his generation when winning the Betway Bowl on this day in 2019 and went on to top the Anglo-Irish Jump Classification. This was a source of great pride for us.

“[There are] improvements to several key areas of the racecourse for 2020, customers can continue to expect the very best experience when visiting Aintree Racecourse for the Randox Health Grand National Festival.”

Improvements include the Queen Mother Grandstand having undergone a £500,000 refurbishment including a new private bar, refurbished toilets and improved seating. There are also improvements to the Red Rum Garden and Queen Mother Lawn for 2020.

Liverpool’s Day will celebrate the achievements and heritage of the city of Liverpool and will include a performance from soprano Laura Wright. Aintree have revealed that several famous faces from the city will be in attendance, including Liverpool FC legend Sir Kenny Dalglish.

The 173rd running of the £1 million Randox Heath Grand National is on Saturday April 4.

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