Friday 14th May - Gates open to Owners at 16:20
RETURNING TO THE RACECOURSE
We understand and share the frustration held by owners that, due to the Public Health England, DCMS, and Safety Advisory Group protocols currently in place, we remain unable to offer the extensive raceday experience that you will no doubt be familiar with.
For those owners fortunate to win races during the day, we will provide you with a winning memento, photograph, and a recording of the race itself (TVinaCard).
You will appreciate the experience will sadly be somewhat different this year. To that end, please find some further details below:
We very much hope to welcome Owners on course at Aintree.
- A maximum of six Owners (or representatives) per horse, complying with the restriction that limits social mixing between households. Owners must not pass their unused badges to owners without horses competing that day or to other individuals or guests. All badges must be used by the named Owner(s) or their immediate family.
- Please do not register multiple guest attendees in the same name. All individuals must be named to ensure that Track and Trace can be implemented if required.
- Gates will open 1 hour before the first race and you are welcome to enjoy the day’s racing, with no restrictions on when you should leave.
- We look forward to welcoming you to Aintree, and we apologise that we cannot give you the day out you may have hoped for, but if you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
- All owners and those attending must have completed online education module – Covid-19 information for participants of the racing industry – prior to the raceday. This is hosted on the ROA website and will take no longer than 20 minutes. You will only need to have completed this once.
- All owners, guests and representatives must bring Photo ID with them to the racecourse. Please also bring your PASS Card if you have one.
- Owners must travel separately in their individual household bubbles. Any Owners travelling together, and mixing household bubbles in cars, will be refused entry.
- Once inside the racecourse owners can only mix with those in their individual household bubble when indoors, including when seated in the Owners’ Restaurant. A maximum of 6 people from different households may mix when outdoors.
- You must wear a face mask when entering the racecourse and in all areas at all times. Face masks may only be removed when seated to eat or drink or if you have a medical exemption.
- A debrief with your trainer and jockey is possible at designated points on either side of the extensive railing that separates the Green Zone from the Amber Zone. Please be aware access to the Green Zone is strictly prohibited and social distancing guidelines should continue to be followed.
- It is important to understand that the Amber Zone is separate from the Green Zone and access is not allowed between the two in either direction which is a direct consequence of the infection control protocols
On arrival at Aintree, please follow the signs from Ormskirk Road/A59 which will guide you to the Entrance and Car Park. Please note there will be no access to the racecourse via Seeds Lane for Owners.
We strongly advise against the use of Public Transport to travel to Aintree.
Please ensure you bring your photo ID with you as this will be checked on arrival. Please also bring either your PASS Card or the QR Code which will have been sent to you when you were booked in on the PASS system.
Once you have checked in, make your way to the Earl Of Derby Stand Reception (close to the Parade Ring) where a member of the team will meet you to show you to a table.
The steppings at the front of the Lord Sefton Grandstand are available for the use of all Green Zone participants for watching the races.
The areas and steppings in front of the Earl of Derby, Queen Mother & Lord Daresbury grandstand are available for the use of all Amber Zone participants for watching the races.
It is not permitted to watch races from the centre of the course. This is an integral part of the event security and we request your co-operation in ensuring that there are no personnel in this area.
We therefore ask that all those associated with horses return to the stands side of the course, prior to each race. This is particularly important for Trainers and Stable Staff with horses in races over the Grand National fences.
We are pleased to be able to offer you a canteen-style meal, within the current government regulations. We regret, we will be unable to accommodate mixed households at indoor tables.
Please be aware that, while alcohol will be available to purchase on-site, it can only be consumed outdoors and while seated.
After each race, a racecourse liaison person will be located in the pull-up area for any Trainer or member of Stable Staff wishing to enquire about the whereabouts of their horse.
An area in the centre of the Grand National Course is provided for helicopter landing.
The site will be operated by Rotary Wing Limited, 109 Gilda Road, Worsley, Manchester, M28 4BP. Contact Philip or Karen Pickford on 0161 799 6967, via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by mobile on 07968 758915.
Prior notice is required in advance for landing facilities and insurance indemnity. Particular attention is to be paid to the rules of the air which govern the overflying of built up areas. No landings will be permitted 30 minutes before the first race and no take-offs will be permitted until 30 minutes after the last race.
A courtesy vehicle will collect you from the landing site and transport you to the Owners’ Entrance. Vehicles will also be available when you are ready to leave. Please advise the team at the Owners’ Entrance when you are ready to depart.