How to make the most of your lockdown Grand National
Following the complete cancellation of the 2020 Grand National due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, it comes as something of a relief that the infamous Aintree steeplechase is making a return in 2021. Indeed the fact that it was cancelled last year was an indicator of how serious the virus had become although the Virtual Grand National proved to be a huge hit with racing fans.
Even though the Randox Grand National is still taking place on April 10th 2021, no spectators will be allowed into the racecourse, the ongoing pandemic continuing to prevent spectator access at all domestic sporting events. As such, the thousands of happy racegoers which usually descend on Aintree in early April will be absent this year, the stands and terraces empty for what is always the liveliest day in UK racing.
That said, major sporting events behind closed doors has become the norm now and most people are used to it. Our favourite sports have been available on TV only throughout the past twelve months and the 2021 Grand National is another major event where the general public will need to come up with some innovative ways in which to enjoy it at home.
Here’s how you can make the most of your 2021 Grand National:
Hold a virtual viewing party
Perhaps the very best way to recreate the traditional experience of enjoying live sporting events is to invite your friends around. Clearly we still cannot do this but the wonders of modern technology allow us to invite friends and relatives round for a virtual viewing party. This may not be quite the same as having a crowd round for drinks and a pizza, however it’s the best that we can do right now.
Why not have a sweepstake so that everyone can have a horse to back. You can even download one from this page. Before you know it, you will feel like you have all your friends with you!!!
Immerse yourself in the Live Coverage
Nothing can beat watching the Grand National live from the Aintree stands and terraces, however the TV coverage of the race is always excellent with loads of interesting commentary and opinions throughout. Insider information of all the runners is on hand as well as top tips from those who have been there and done it all.
The fact that TV coverage is all there is means that broadcasters are looking for new ways to keep viewers involved. As such, there’s a lot to enjoy about the 2021 Grand National even if you can’t be there in person to enjoy it.
Back your favourite horse
OK so you can’t go along to Aintree and get immersed in the atmosphere and thrills of what is one of the best racedays on the UK circuit, there are numerous chances to study the form guides and have a punt on whatever takes your fancy. It is one of the great traditions in the UK to have a flutter on the National, even granny has a little bet on the famous steeplechase even if it is just a ‘couple of bob’.
There are numerous places where you can find the best Grand National betting odds and the bookmakers offer a wealth of free bets which can be used on the race.