Grand National goes ahead as tributes paid following death of Prince Philip

By: Greg Wood at Aintree Saturday 10 April 2021
  • Two-minute silence to be held before the big race
  • Television coverage will revert to main ITV channel

The 173rd Grand National will go ahead as planned on Saturday afternoon after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, which was announced on Friday, with a two-minute silence being held at Aintree before the big race and all jockeys taking part being invited to wear black armbands. Flags at the racecourse will also be flown at half-mast.

Aintree racecourse said in a statement that the decision to proceed with racing had been taken after discussions between Jockey Club Racecourses, which owns the course, and the British Horseracing Authority.

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