Grand National Start Times

The Grand National starts at 5.15pm on Saturday 17th April 2023.

The prestigious three-day meeting begins on Thursday 15th April at 1.45 pm for opening day. It’s followed by Ladies’ day on Friday and the Grand National’s big race on Saturday. The main event is on April 17th and starts at 5.15 pm, find out more about the start times for the Grand National Festival and how to watch online live.

This esteemed horse racing event takes place between Thursday and Saturday. It is broadcast live by ITV and Racing TV, you can watch the Grand National online live. The gates open at 10:30am each morning but the earliest races are early afternoon.

Read on for more details on the race start times and more on the much anticipated Randox Grand National.

Find out more about. the Grand National Start Time:

Grand National Start Times

What Date & Time is the Grand National?

The Randox Grand National takes place on Saturday 17th April 2023 at 5.15 pm. There is also an opening day on Thursday and Ladies Day on Friday. Those with Grand National tickets can enter the premises from 10:30 am onwards, but the races do not start until 1:45 pm.

The Three Day Meeting puts on a number of exciting races that start at 1:45 pm, read on for the exact start times at the Grand National Festival

Here is our full race start time breakdown:

Opening Day

  • 1:45 pm – SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)
  • 2.20 pm – Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1)
  • 2.55 pm – Betway Bowl Chase (Grade 1)
  • 3.30 pm Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1)
  • 4.05 pm – Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase (Class 2)
  • 4.40 pm – Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase (Grade 3)Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
  • 5.15 pm – Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat (Grade 2)

Ladies Day

  • 1.45 pm – Orrell Park Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
  • 2.20 pm – Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
  • 2.55pm – Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)
  • 3.30 pm – Marsh Chase (registered as the Melling Chase) (Grade 1)
  • 4.05 pm – Randox Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
  • 4.40 pm – Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
  • 5.15 pm – Lydiate Handicap Hurdle

Grand National Day

  • 1.45 pm – EFT Construction Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
  • 2.25 pm – Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
  • 3.00 pm- Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)
  • 3.35 pm – Liverpool Hurdle (Grade 1)
  • 4.15 pm – Betway Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
  • 5.15 pm – Randox Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
  • 6.20 pm – Weatherbys Standard Open NH Flat Race (Grade 2)

How Many Days is the Grand National Festival?

The Grand National Festival lasts from Thursday 15th April to Saturday 17th April (three days). The main event is on the Grand National day which is on Saturday 17th April. That means it is a three day Grand National meeting with non-stop action.

Here are the different days that are put on during the Grand National Festival:

  • NHS Day on April 15th – Grand National tickets are given out to 10,000 NHS staff for free. This is a great opening day to warm up for the big event.
  • Ladies Day on April 16th – Ladies Day is a chance to dress up to the nines and enjoy the fashion award. The official dress code is smart attire for all and there are lots of exciting races put on in the lead up to the big race day.
  • Grand National Day on Saturday April 17th – The big event does not start until 5.15 pm. This is one of the world’s most exciting steeple chase races.

Popular Questions

What Time Does the First Race Begin?

The first race begins at 1:45 pm on Thursday 15th April. The first race on the other two days start at 1.45 pm.

What is the Grand National Prize Fund?

The total prize money for the Grand National 2023 is £1m, with over half of that being awarded to the most successful horse (1st place). With our guide, you can find out everything you need to know about the Grand National prize money and how much is given out to the top 10 finishes.

It is known as the most valuable jump race in the world.

How to Find Grand National Promotional Offers?

Due to the magnitude of the race, many online bookmakers pull out all of the stops offering lots of free bets and special offers for new customers. You can find a range of different Grand National free bets, special offers and faller insurance refunds as promotions.

Please note, our guide does not constitute professional advice.

Who Won the Last Grand National?

Rachael Blackmore was the first female jockey to win the Grand Nationals on the iconic horse – Minella Times after winning the Randox Grand National meeting in 2021, making history.

Where does the Grand National Take Place?

The Grand National is an Aintree race and it takes place at the Aintree racecourse. A famous venue set in the Liverpool region.

Grand National Start Time Summary

The Grand National start at 5.15pm on Saturday 15th April.

You can enter the track from 10.30am to soak up the atmosphere.

Good luck!

Related 2023 Grand National Betting Articles

Here are all the related articles to the Randox Grand National 2023.

If you do choose to bet, please bet responsibly.

As the Founder of British Racecourses, I have a life-long passion for horse racing and have loved the sport as long as I can remember. I am also a keen racehorse owner and have worked in the gambling industry for several years. I set up British Racecourses with the desire to share my passion for racing with other like-minded people.