The BBC Breakfast presenter, 42, was joined by footballing legend Sir Kenny Dalglish, taking to Instagram to share the news with his 70,000 followers. Dan Walker and the Scottish sportsman, 68, could be seen smiling for a selfie, with the former captioning the upload: “Not a bad partner in crime for a day out at @aintreeracecourse. No door is closed to you when you have Sir Kenneth Dalglish in tow,” he quipped.
During the course of the day at day one of the Grand National 2019 meeting, Dan was also joined by Sir Alex Ferguson, 77, Michael Owen, 39, Beth Tweddle, 34, and John Barnes, 55.
Dan, who is best known for hosting BBC Breakfast with co-star Louise Minchin, 50, looked delighted to be rubbish shoulders with some of Britain’s top sports stars yesterday, sharing several pictures on social media.
Uploading a shot of himself with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex, he gushed: “Great to spend a but of time chatting with Sir Alex Ferguson at @aintreeracecrouse today.
“Lovely to see I’m looking so well too,” he added.
Another upload showed a montage of the presenter at the Grand National, including selfies with ex-England footballer Michael, Olympic bronze medallist Beth and former jockey Sir AP McCoy, 44.
“Brilliant first day of the #GrandNational2019 festival at Aintree,” Dan wrote.
“Great fun hosting the Champions Lounge with this lot and a few others.”
The event on Grand National Thursday yesterday saw Dan hosting a Q&A session with a series of sporting legends and offered fans a VIP experience through which to enjoy the first day of the three-day meeting.
Elsewhere, Dan and Louise can usually be seen presenting the day’s headlines on BBC Breakfast during the week.
The pair recently spilled all about working on the show in a revealing interview with The Mirror.
Dan admitted he had ignored the recommendation given to him by Bill Turnbull, 63, when he took over from the broadcaster on the famous red sofa.
“The only bit of advice Bill Turnbull gave me when I replaced him three years ago was, ‘Manage your sleep,’” he said. “And, foolishly, I’ve entirely ignored Mr Turnbull.
“I sleep for about four-and-a-half hours for the first half of the week. Louise sleeps a lot more than me,” he explained.
“I don’t know quite how, but I’ve managed to survive because, in my head, I always think, well, I’ve got some other days were I’ve been doing normal hours, so I’ll just recover then.”
Dan also said he occasionally pulls an “all-nighter”, saying he convinces itself it’s “for research purposes”.
BBC Breakfast airs every day at 6am on BBC One.