LIVERPOOL’S back gardens and parks were turned into a surprise racecourse as jockeys jumped neighbours’ fences, hurtled over cars and lined up on a football pitch.
It was all part of a national television advert, filmed at Everton Brow, to promote Channel 4’s racing coverage.
Stunt jockeys in silks took part in a horse race with a difference yesterday ahead of this year’s Grand National.
The ECHO captured the runners and riders as crews shot the promo for the world’s greatest steeplechase at Aintree next month – 40 years since Red Rum’s first Grand National win.
And, as our photographs show, the ad will provide a unique look at the city skyline when it airs across the Channel 4 network from March 19.
People were today invited to watch in public viewing areas from 10.45am as filming continued this morning. It will give racing fans a unique and exciting chance to get involved in the Grand National build-up.
The unique advertising campaign comes after Channel 4 secured a four-year deal to broadcast the Grand National, the Derby and Royal Ascot this year. The deal means the channel will be the exclusive broadcaster of British racing on terrestrial television.
Crews were expected on site at the View Club, in Everton Road, today to continue work on the project.
Yesterday, news of the filming spread on Twitter as Channel 4 Racing posted photos of the 10 horses at the start.
Behind-the-scenes images showed them flying over fences in the pretend steeplechase and galloping through a series of gardens.
Others captured a team preparing the water jump and a jockey charging past a greenhouse with a backdrop of houses.
One photo showed a smashed greenhouse with the words: "Er, he wasn’t supposed to go through the greenhouse."
Footage was also taken at a football pitch which doubled up as an unsaddling enclosure as horses, jockeys and crew stood next to goalposts.