Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. A UK handicap steeplechase, it is run over four miles 514 yards with horses jumping 30 fences over two laps and is one of seven races on the final day. Coverage will be available throughout the day of the festival leading to the famous race. Alternatively, you can visit Mirror Racing and return on race day to follow all the action on our dedicated live blog. In normal times, thousands of people would come out to watch the action and enjoy the day out – but not this year. But the Randox Grand National Festival is not just about the Saturday showpiece race – three days of star-studded racing takes place from Thursday 8 April to Saturday 10 April, featuring nine Grade One races across three days.
There might be a minimum bet requirement , but generally, this can be as low as £1. This minimum bet will qualify you to watch the race via their sites online, or through their mobile apps. RACING UK charges a monthly subscription to watch their channel, but be sure to check out any deals nearer the date of the 2021 Grand National. They also offer a daily pass that will give you 24 hours access to their channel. Racing UK’s daily pass can also be paid for on your mobile phone bill. This is great as it will then give you access to RACING UK via 3G, 4G or wi-fi, meaning you can pick up the action on the go on tablets or mobile devices if you wish.
You can live stream the races on your smart TV, laptop, tablet or smartphone if you have an internet connection. The handicap system is simpler than it sounds, and is designed to create as close a race as possible. The better horses carry the most weight while the outsiders carry the least. Each horse has an OR and this will largely determine the weight they carry.
The race was cancelled due to March’s announcement of a national lockdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In its place was an animated virtual Grand National shown on ITV, won by 18-1 shot Potters Corner. Punters will be pleased that the living, breathing animals are back this time. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and return on race day to follow all the action on our dedicated live blog. Since a series of modifications were made to the Grand National Course in 2013, all 158 runners in four Crabbie’s Grand National races have returned safely. The news comes on the back of a total 152,665 people attending the three days of the Grand National Festival.
You’ll want to know the Grand National odds for each of the horses taking part. These will likely change over time as we get closer to the event, so while Cloth Gap is a favourite in mid-March with odds of 6-1, the picture may be very different on the day of the race. Many will continue totting up the numbers to see if, come the year’s end, racing on ITV and ITV4 combined was seen by more or less people than watched Channel 4. However, to those who signed the dotted line on behalf of racecourses, perhaps even more important are the numbers achieved for the 33 main channel ITV afternoons still to come, particularly the Derby, Royal Ascot and Champions Day. Most newspapers will also publish the full list of runners and riders in the days leading up to the race, though these can change after they’ve gone to print, so online resources are often preferable.
The programme, which includes the Grand National Race of Champions, will return to our screens on Friday evening at 8pm on ITV4 – before being screened again on ITV’s main channel at 1pm ahead of the real race on Saturday, April 10. Yes, the Race of Champions – which will see legends Red Rum and Tiger Roll join 38 other runners in a best of the best virtual contest. The race will take place in a virtual Aintree, with TV coverage starting at 5pm. The televised event should see a big return for NHS Charities Together, which will rake in all bookmakers’ profits on the race.