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Grand National 2024: Pick a winner and join us for the big race at Greene King

Do you love the excitement of the Grand National? For horse racing aficionados, it’s one of the biggest races in the calendar. For many others it’s a once-a-year bet and the chance to have a punt on a horse with a name that tickles their fancy. There are work sweepstakes, family outings to the pub to watch it and embraces with friends when you pick a winner. What a day Grand National day is.

And the big question is, where are you watching the Grand National 2024? Our Greene King pubs are ready and waiting. We’ve got live sports, great food and a lively atmosphere that’s perfect for race day.

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All about the 2024 Grand National

The 2024 Grand National will be the 176th running of the race, which has been held annually since 1839 – aside from during the First and Second World Wars. As usual it will be held at Aintree Racecourse, which is the venue for the Grand National Weekend, with multiple races run over three days of racing action. This year’s Grand National Weekend runs from 11th – 13th April.

The big race itself – the Grand National 2024 – is held on Saturday 13th April at 4pm, which is a little earlier this year. The weekend itself kicks off on the Thursday with Opening Day. Races include the Aintree Bowl Steeple Chase, the Aintree Hurdle and the Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase.

Friday is Ladies’ Day – so get your outfit sorted, whether you’re at Aintree or watching in one of our pubs. Races on the Friday include the Handicap Hurdle, the Melling Chase and the Novices’ Steeple Chase.

Saturday is Grand National Day, with a total of seven races run and the big one at 4pm.

The entire Grand National Weekend 2024 will be broadcast live on ITV. And we’ll be showing horse racing live in our Greene King sports pubs.

Previous Grand National winners

There’s been some famous Grand National winners down the years, and none more so than Red Rum. The Irish champion thoroughbred steeplechaser won the National three times in 1973, 1974 and 1977, as well as coming second in 1975 and 1976.

In more recent times, we’ve had another horse equal Red Rum’s record of winning two Grand Nationals in a row, as Tiger Roll came first in 2018 and 2019. Currently they’re the only two horses to win back-to-back Grand Nationals.

The last few years have thrown up some fantastic stories too. In 2022 we saw Sam Waley-Cohen ride 50-1 Noble Yeats to the title in his last ever race as a jockey. While 2023’s race saw the 8-1 favourite Coach Rambler triumph, in turn crowning Cameron Sword the youngest ever winning owner at just 21 years old.

Who will you pick this year? Will you choose a favourite or go for an outsider? Or do you just enjoy the spectacle of watching the world’s most famous race? 

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Watch the Grand National 2024 at a Greene King pub

At our Greene King pubs, we’ll be showing the Grand National live as well as the rest of the races across the Grand National weekend. You’ll find big screens beaming the best of the action into the pub, as well as multiple screens throughout our pubs – you won’t miss anything when the big race starts.

Come down with your friends and family and enjoy the unique atmosphere. Our bars are always well stocked with the best ales, lagers, wines and spirits, as well as lots of alcohol-free drinks. And you can enjoy a hearty meal of pub classics to get you warmed up for the race or to celebrate a big win afterwards.

It’s easy to find a Greene King pub near you using our handy pub finder. And don’t forget to download our Greene King Sport app for money off selected drinks and the chance to win some prizes.