Grand National Festival Race Cards Tips, runners, odds, form and betting for every race at the Grand National Festival. The Grand National Festival – most famous for the race that the entire week builds up to – covers three days of great quality racing – including eleven Grade 1 races. The Grand National Festival contains 21 races spread across three days (Thursday to Friday) in early April. The three days race includes a huge 11 Grade 1 races. Day 1 – Thursday The Manifesto Novices’ Chase is a Grade 1 race run over 2 miles, 3 furlongs and 200 yards – with a total of 16 fences jumped.