Record Prize Pool For 2013 Grand National
Aintree announced today that the prize pool for the 2013 Grand National will be the greatest in the history of the event with £2.7 million set to be given away over the three days of the festival.
The Grand National itself will not see an increase of prizemoney, with the prize pool remaining at £975,000, but thirteen of the twenty-one races will receive a boost.
Aintree has also attempted to improve the Thursday card of racing by moving the Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle from Saturday to Thursday while the Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle will be run on Saturday.
Andrew Tulloch, clerk of the course at Aintree, believes that that the Aintree Hurdle will do a star-studded field and increase the quality of the first day of the festival.
“We are confident that this switch will greatly strengthen Thursday’s card and thereby provide a big additional star attraction on the opening day,” Tulloch told The Racing Post.
“It is a formidable day’s racing with the Grade 1 Betfred Bowl, the Grade 1 Matalan Anniversary 4-Year-Old Hurdle and the John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase over the Grand National fences also on the Thursday card.
“Prize-money for the Thursday is £695,000, up £130,000 on last year, and we are putting a lot of effort into increasing the attendance towards the very high levels seen on the other two days.”
In any news the Grand National fences will be constructed with plastic cores in 2013 in an attempt to make them safer.
The Grand National fences are generally constructed around wooden stakes but Aintree officials believe that the plastic construction will be kinder to the horses.
“Having only had two races over them we don’t have a huge body of evidence, but the feedback was good and if you watch the races back horses jumped them well and one loose horse ploughed through a ditch without harm,” John Baker said.
“In a way it is surprising it has taken this long to get to this point.”
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