Apr 07 2014

GRAND NATIONAL DAY AT THE CRABBIE’S GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL

The first ever Crabbie’s Grand National was a sell out with over 71,000 people attending to watch the most famous steeple chase in the world, as 40 runners and riders went head to head to be crowned The Crabbie’s Grand National winner 2014.

The prestigious four miles, three and a half furlongs race with the highest ever prize fund of £1million was won by Pineau De Re, ridden by Leighton Aspell and trained by Dr Richard Newland. The 11-year-old beat Balthazar King by five lengths, with Double Seven 3rd, Alvarado 4th and Rocky Creek 5th.

Pineau De Re PFP_0917

In total, there were seven races throughout the day and the results were as follows:

Mersey Novices’ Hurdle: 4 Lac Fontana
Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase: 1 Balder Success
Silver Cross Stayers’ Hurdle: 6 Whisper
Betfred TV Handicap Chase: 13 Duke of Lucca
Crabbie’s Grand National: 29 Pineau De Re
Aintree Handicap Hurdle: 1 Court Minstrel
Weatherbys Private Banking Champion Standard: 2 BallyBolley

As well as the first-class racing, there were a host of other treats in store for visitors of The Crabbie’s Grand National…

We welcomed back the largest parade of returning Grand National champions, the Military Wives Choir performed the National Anthem before the first race of the day, we held a 1 minute applause in support of the Hillsborough 96 campaign, Liverpool One entertained crowds in the Red Rum garden with the ‘Bobby Swing Band’ whilst crowds sampled Crabbie’s at the Crabbie’s bus and there was a wealth of live music from the likes of The Beaten Tracks, Mellowtune, Wretched Pearls and many more throughout the day.

winner cliff

We had a fantastic Crabbie’s Grand National Festival and we would like to thank everyone one who attended, including the horses, owners, trainers, jockeys and Aintree for making our first ever Crabbie’s Grand National so memorable!

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