The Peoples Race - Grand National 2017
April 5 2017
April is finally upon us and the buzz and excitement around the city is already building ahead of the worlds greatest steeple chase. Following the Cheltenham festival, the attention of the racing world now turns to the famous old racecourse at Aintree. As one of the most highly anticipated and viewed sporting events on the planet there has always been a real sense of magic surrounding the Grand National and with the eyes of the world focused on Liverpool there is a tremendous feeling of pride amongst the April is finally upon us and the buzz and excitement around the city is already building ahead of the worlds greatest steeple chase. Following the Cheltenham festival, the attention of the racing world now turns to the famous old racecourse at Aintree. As one of the most highly anticipated and viewed sporting events on the planet there has always been a real sense of magic surrounding the Grand National and with the eyes of the world focused on Liverpool there is a tremendous feeling of pride amongst the locals.
I have always understood the importance of the Grand National, however it wasn’t until I moved to Liverpool several years ago that I began to fully understand and appreciate just what it really means to the people of this great city. The atmosphere in Liverpool on Grand National weekend is electric, the pubs and bars across the city are rammed to the rafters and every hotel room is fully booked as people from all over the country and beyond descend on Liverpool to be part of this momentous event.
This years Grand National week kicks off on Thursday 6th April with the opening day of jump racing followed by the eagerly anticipated ladies day on Friday when the world’s paparazzi will converge on Aintree to snap the celebs, the stunning outfits and the inevitable few misfits! On the Saturday comes the peoples race itself, this is the one event in the racing calendar where even the most reluctant gambler cannot resist a having a flutter. The national truly captures the imagination and with such a large field of runners and some perilous jumps the race is the ultimate leveller, the fact that a 100-1 shot can genuinely win this epic race is what makes it so appealing to the masses. One horse to definitely look out for this year is Cause Of Causes, the nine year old trained by Gordon Elliot is a three times winner at Cheltenham festivals with plenty of stamina as well as experience of the Aintree fences. Another highly fancied runner is Blaklion; the eight year old is a tough competitor who has been targeted at this race all season. For those of you with a sense of adventure and romance there's the proverbial rank outsider Gas Line Boy, this probable 100-1 shot is very temperamental but occasionally shows flashes of form that makes him an interesting long shot, if nothing else he’s well worth a fun bet for a quid or two.
Fashion and style has always played a major part in Grand National week and the scousers certainly know how to put on a show, from the dapper fellas in their smart tailored suits to the impeccably dressed girls attending ladies day. For any style conscious chap looking to compete in the fashion stakes on the Aintree catwalk Giancarlo Ricci have a superb range of sharp suits, crisp shirts and stylish shoes that will make you look a million dollars. In-store you will find my favourite pick of the suits, a stunning three piece grey tweed number from Hugo Boss, match this with a plain Hugo Boss or Armani shirt and a pair of slick Oliver Sweeney brogues and you are sure to stand out from the crowd and look fabulous on race day. The Oliver Sweeney brogues come in both light and dark brown leather and feature a super lightweight contrast sole to provide maximum style and comfort, just what you need if you are going to be stood on your feet all day. If you prefer a darker shoe then why not choose a pair of Hugo Boss polished black lace-ups, a smart contemporary shoe that will look great with any suit. If a darker coloured suit is more your thing then come and check out the full range of Hugo Boss suits in-store today. If you are looking for a less formal race day rig-out Ricci have a vast array of casual alternatives from leading brands including Armani Jeans, Versus Versace, and Hugo Boss
Written by Paul Smith