After the cancellation of last year’s Grand National, at a time when the coronavirus pandemic had brought the sporting world to a complete standstill, it’s just a relief that the famous Aintree race is returning for 2021.
As one of the most anticipated annual sporting events, the fact that it was forced to be cancelled last year showed just how serious the pandemic was.
Even though the Grand National is returning this year, it will be held behind closed doors, with the pandemic still having its effects on preventing spectator attendance at sporting events. That means the thousands of race-goers that usually descend on Aintree won’t be present this year, and the stands will be empty on what is normally one of the liveliest days in British racing.
But it’s fair to say that most people have got used to major sporting events being held behind closed doors. For the last year or so, we have had to make do with just our TV screens to watch our favourite sports, and this year’s Grand National will be yet another sporting event where we have to come up with some innovative ways to enjoy it from our own home.
Read on, as we look at a few ways to make the most of your Grand National viewing experience come April 10th.
Have a virtual viewing party
One of the best ways to emulate the traditional experience of watching live sports is to gather your friends for a virtual viewing party on your platform of choice. While it’s not quite the same as having everyone round for pizza and drinks in your front room, it’s the best we can do in the current climate.
You might even want to have a bit of a Grand National sweepstake, and give everyone a horse to back, based on the favourites in the Grand National odds. Before long, it’ll feel like you’re all in the same room watching the action unfold!
Back your favourite horses
While you can’t head to Aintree yourself to get immersed in that classic race-day feeling, there are still plenty of opportunities to study the form guides and back the horses you feel have the best chance of victory. It’s a great tradition of the Grand National to have a little flutter, and you’ll be feeling pretty chuffed if your horse thunders over the finish-line in first place.
There are plenty of places where you can find Aintree 2021 betting tips, so get that thinking cap on and see if you can crack the code of which horse might win the famous old race this year.
Immerse yourself in the coverage
Although it’s not the same as being there in person, the television coverage of the Grand National is consistently excellent, with plenty of interesting features and expert opinions to keep you glued to your screens for the whole afternoon. With top tips from those who have been there and done it, and insider information on all the horses, you might even find yourself laying a few last-minute bets.
The fact that sporting events are being held behind closed doors means that broadcasters have had to come up with innovative ways to get viewers involved, so there’s plenty to enjoy about this year’s Grand National even if things aren’t quite the way we’d like them to be.