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It’s that time of year again…. the most valuable jump race in Europe! Where will your money be… Tiger Roll, a favourite for a back-to-back win, or the Welsh National Winner Elegant Escape? There is no better place to watch the race action than our Live Bar, and just for fun, we thought we’d tell you what we love about Aintree’s star fixture;


  1. A horse owned by the Queen, Devon Loch, collapsed mysteriously right before the finish line in 1956. An incident that still cannot officially be explained…
  2. The tallest fence at the Grand National, the Chair, stands at 5ft 2in and is the broadest.
  3. William Dutton, an amateur, entered the race in 1929 and was told by a friend that he would only win if all the other horses fell. They did, only 2 out of 41 finished the race and Dutton won!
  4. The Grand National has a number of named fences. One of the most famous is the Water Jump where most of the spectacular shots can be seen.
  5. The first woman to complete the course was Geraldine Rees in 1982.
  6. Ambush II, the Grand National winner in 1900 was owned by The Prince of Wales (King Edward VII.)
  7. The youngest jockey to win a race was Bruce Hobbs, aged 17 aboard Battleship in 1938.
  8. Wood from spruce trees from the Lake District were used to make the fences at Aintree. The building work cost tens of thousands of pounds and took months to complete.
  9. A successful 19th century punt came in 1866 when owner/ trainer Edward Studd had £1,000 at 40/1 about Salamander. His £40,000 winnings would equate to nearly £3 million at today’s values.
  10. Five of the first Grand National’s had a wall jump made of stone situated where the water jump now is.
  11. Mr Frisk recorded a victory in 1990 with the fastest ever time is the 8 minutes 47.8 seconds.
  12. In 2013 Channel 4 saw the first screening of the Grand National.
  13. The most successful horse of the Grand National is Red Rum, winning the Grand National three times: 1973, 1974 and 1977.
  14. 51 year old Rosemary Henderson finished fifth in 1994 on her own 100/1 shot Fiddlers Pike. She then went on to write a book about her exploits called ‘Road to the National.’
  15. The only horse to have won the Grand National and the American Grand National is Battleship.

We are counting down to an action-packed payday weekend at Victoria Gate Casino…

Enjoy cocktails and canapés in Curve or food alongside the football in Live Bar – whatever your style, #LetsPlay this weekend.

Friday night sees super-middleweight world champion George Groves face Callum Smith putting his WBA title on the line, followed by Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds where you can get selected beers for just £3.00 from 5-7pm during happy hour!

Over in Curve, Becca will be performing live from 9pm where you can unwind in time for the weekend. Get two cocktails for just £10.00 from our selected menu or try some of the finest gins from VGC’s brand new Gin Club.

Our new gin menu is exclusive to Curve bar, so you can enjoy local favourites like Masons Yorkshire Tea – a smooth spirit with the warmth and bitterness of tea.

Saturday brings us even more live music with GP Thompson from 9pm followed by a DJ set in Live Bar with DJ Danny until 2am.

Over at Live: From 7am you can catch all the action from the 2018 Ryder Cup followed by the Russian Grand Prix at 10am. Man United play West Ham at the London Stadium and Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge to challenge Chelsea, both from 5.30pm.

Watch all this and more on the biggest sports screen in Leeds, #LetsPlay this weekend at Live Bar.

This September Live Bar is hosting an action-packed month of sport, making sure you don’t miss a minute of the action!

We have seen Amir Khan beat Samuel Vargas by a unanimous points decision over twelve rounds to kick off our boxing fixtures of the month.

Triple G, Gennady Golovkin will be fighting Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez once again on Saturday 15th live all the way from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The rematch between two of the best fighters in world boxing will be live on our 32ft sports screen.

The following weekend we will see WBA/IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua fight Alexander Povetkin, challenging the WBA and WBO titles. You can watch all the action from Wembley Arena on the big screen with Sky Sports Box Office broadcasting the undercard from around 6pm, with the main event expected to kick off around 10pm.

Packages are available for this fight and we are expected to sell out based on previous matches. If you are looking for a bespoke or VIP package please get in touch:

If that wasn’t enough for you, don’t forget Conor McGregor returns to the octagon for UFC 229 on October 6 after his defeat to Floyd Mayweather last year. There will be ten fights taking place throughout the night, taking us into Sunday morning where McGregor will face Khabib Nurmagomedov at around 3am. The fight is live from the T-Mobile Arena and broadcasting from BT Sport.

Tickets are available to buy so you can get a guaranteed seat to watch all the action for just £30 per person. This ticket will also get you two bottles of Budweiser, access to an exclusive bar and a £5 cash match to use on the night on any electronic gaming machines.

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