Grand National start times, dates and race day programs

The tapes go up on the 2023 Aintree Grand National Meeting on Thursday 13th April. The start time for the first race is 1.45pm, with ITV1 broadcasting the biggest races live across the UK. The Aintree Grand National Festival is always spread over three days (Thursday-Saturday) with the Grand National staged on Saturday – in 2023 the Grand National will be run on 15th April.

The gates open at 10.30 am each day so racegoers have time to get into the course – happily, horse racing crowds are allowed back this year. The action continues over the three-day event. The Friday is Ladies Day and Grand National Day is always the highlight and the pinnacle of the meeting.

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What date and time is the Grand National?

In recent years, the Grand National start times have been put back to 5.15pm and it is now shown on ITV1. The later race time is mainly to attract more viewers as when the race was run around 4pm there were generally a lot of other sporting events – most notably football – going on at that time too. So now you can watch the Grand National at 5.15pm on Saturday 15th April 2023.

As the Aintree gates open around 10.30am each day, racegoers will have plenty of time to get into the course before the first race. With bars and restaurants open all day, plus corporate boxes and suites offering lunch before the racing starts, many racegoers will flock to the track early to make the most of their day.

The track will also have other entertainment going on so, if you’re attending the 2023 Grand National meeting on any of the three days, be sure to explore. Generally, there are shops and stalls onsite that will sell racing fashion items or racing memorabilia like pictures or books.

Also look out for competitions dotted around the track – for example, ‘Best Dressed Lady’, Best ‘Dressed Man’, or ‘Best Dressed Couple’. There can often be some decent sponsors prizes for the winners, like cash or even a car! To help you plan your Grand National Day. here are the expected running times for each race over the three days.

Grand National Opening Day – Thursday 13th April 2023

Grand National Start TimesWatchRaceDistancePrize Money £
1:45pm Watch at Paddy Power SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)2m 4f120,000
2:20pm Watch at Unibet Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1)2m 1f110,000
2:55pm Watch William Hill Betway Bowl Chase (Grade 1)3m 1f250,000
3:30pm Watch at Betfair Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1)2m 4f250,000
4:05pm Watch at Unibet Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase (Class 2)2m 5f50,000
4:40pm Watch William Hill Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase (Grade 3)2m100,000
5:15pm Watch at Paddy Power Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat (Grade 2)2m 1f50,000
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Grand National Ladies Day – Friday 14th April 2023

Grand National Start TimesWatchRaceDistancePrize Money £
1:40pm Watch William Hill Orrell Park Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)2m 4f75,000
2:20pm Watch at Paddy Power Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)2m ½f100,000
2:55pm Watch at Betfair Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)3m 1f120,000
3:30pm Watch at Betfair Marsh Chase (registered as the Melling Chase) (Grade 1)2m 4f250,000
4:05pm Watch William Hill Randox Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3)2m 5f150,000
4:40pm Watch at Paddy Power Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)3m ½f100,000
5:15pm Watch at Paddy Power Lydiate Handicap Hurdle2m 1f50,000
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Grand National Day – Saturday 15th April 2023

Grand National Start TimesWatchRaceDistancePrize Money £
1:45pm Watch William Hill EFT Construction Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)3m ½f75,000
2:25pm Watch at Paddy Power Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)2m 4f100,000
3:00pm Watch at Unibet Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)2m120,000
3:35pm Watch at Betfair Liverpool Hurdle (Grade 1)3m ½f250,000
4:15pm Watch William Hill Betway Handicap Chase (Grade 3)3m ½f100,000
5:15pm Watch at Unibet Randox Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3)4m 2½f1,000,000
6:20pm Watch William Hill Weatherbys Standard Open NH Flat Race (Grade 2)2m ½f50,000
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Grand National Festival – Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, Britain – 12th April 2018. Might Bite ridden by Nico de Boinville in action (R) before winning the 14:50 Betway Bowl Chase. Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY @SCANPIX

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