Abbey Road Studios in London has been announced as the venue for the traditional weights lunch for the Crabbies Grand National on Tuesday 11th February.
The venue, which of course is synonymous with Liverpool’s favourite sons The Beatles, provides a bit of Liverpool to an event traditionally held in Central London.
After consultation with the team at Aintree as well as the new race sponsors Crabbies it was felt Abbey Road would be the ideal venue to launch the countdown.
Aintree chief John Baker, North West regional director of Jockey Club Race courses, said: “We want to do it in London still but we want to bring a bit of Liverpool to the event and do something a little bit different.
“We came up with it in the team. We were just knocking about a few ideas and this one came up. I am a massive Beatles fan so it works for me. We thought it would be a little bit different and I think it will be an exciting venue to do it at.”
Prize money for the 2014 Crabbies Grand National will rise to £1,000,000 and the deadline for entries will be the 31st January. The Head of Handicapping at the British Horseracing Authority, Phil Smith, will determine the weights allocated to each horse that has been entered.
The Crabbies Grand National is open to horses aged 7 or more who have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a chase of three miles or more and which have earned an official rating of 120 or more by the British Horse Association Head of Handicapping.
The race is effectively a compressed handicap with the highest weight allocated 11st 10lb with the lowest weighted horse running off a minimum of 10st.