New Record Prize Money At 2013 John Smith's Grand National

8th January 2013

Total prize money for the 2013 John Smith's Grand National meeting at Aintree in April will set a record payout of £2,725,000, representing an increase of £185,000 (+7.3 per cent) versus the corresponding three day meeting last year.

In all, thirteen of the 21 races at the meeting from Thursday to Saturday, April 4-6, will carry increased prize money.

The centrepiece John Smith's Grand National is again worth £975, 000, with an estimated purse to the winner of nearly £550,000 and prize money stretching as far down as 10th place. It is the richest British jump race by far and has risen in value from £600,000 under John Smith's sponsorship.

The prestigious John Smith's Aintree Hurdle has been switched to first day of the meeting on April 4 with the prize fund raised by £40,000 to a record £200,000.

The Grade One three-mile John Smith's Liverpool Hurdle (£120,000 - an increase of £20,000) will move from being the opening race at the meeting to the third race on the Saturday.

"We are confident that this switch will greatly strengthen Thursday's card and thereby provide a big additional star attraction on the opening day," said Aintree's Clerk of the Course Andrew Tulloch.

"Prize money for the Thursday is £695,000, up £130,000 on last year, and we are putting a lot of effort into increasing the attendance in line with the very high spectator turn-out seen on the other two days."

As always, Friday's Ladies' Day highlight is the Grade One John Smith's Melling Chase, which will also enjoy an increase in prize money to £200,000, up £25,000 on 2012.This race, run over two and a half miles of the Mildmay course, attracts the very best horses at the trip, with Moscow Flyer, Monet's Garden, Voy Por Ustedes and Master Minded among the greats on the roll of honour.

The closing date for entries to the 2013 John Smith's Grand National is noon on Tuesday, January 29, with the eagerly-anticipated handicap weights due to be unveiled on Tuesday, February 12. The two scratching' stages are on February 26 and March 19.

Aintree report excellent advance sales thanks to a noticeable surge in demand for both corporate facilities and admission tickets since mid-December.

For more details please visit www.aintree.co.uk.