Samantha Martin

Grand National From Home

Aintree Racecourse will be much different this year with no crowds to enjoy the incredible Grand National Day atmosphere. However, it is still possible to enjoy the Grand National from home and celebrate this great race in style.

Here is my guide to enjoying the Grand National at home!

1. Sweepstakes

The first ever Grand National was won by a horse called Lottery and occasionally picking the winner of the race feels like just that. There are many ways to decide which horse you think will win the National- whether that be from looking at the form or picking a horse based on its name, jockey silks or trainer/jockey. Sweepstakes are always good fun and the majority of newspapers will have a sweepstake kit on the big day. Racing Welfare & Great British Racing even have a online one here .

Make sure there’s a prize on offer for whoever picks the winning horse.

2. Dress Up!

Royal Ascot is more famous than Aintree for its fashion but racegoers often wear their best outfits for Grand National day. You could theme your outfits on the colours of the horse you hope will win or dress up in your most Aintree-worthy finery.

3. Bake some treats!

I always enjoy having some kind of sweet treat whilst watching the racing so, if you’ve already eaten all of your Easter chocolate, how about make some cakes or biscuits to munch on throughout the afternoon? You could even go all out with an ‘Aintree Afternoon Tea’ – Victoria sponge, scones, cucumber sandwiches, tea in tea cups etc. A picnic in front of the TV could be fun if you have youngsters!

4. Cheer for the winner!

With no crowds at Aintree, it will be very different to normal years with no fans cheering for the victorious horse and jockey as they cross the line. So, you should shout as loud as possible in your living rooms to celebrate their amazing success! (Maybe, apologise to the neighbours in advance!)

5. Join in on Social Media!

Horseracing has an incredible community of fans. Make sure to join in the Grand National conversation over on social media and share your thoughts on the racing. Share your #GrandNationalAtHome photos with me (@sam_angelina22) and Careers In Racing (@careersinracing) as we’d love to see how you’re celebrating the Grand National!

Samantha Martin (April 2021)