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2021 Grand National live stream. Date: Saturday, April 10. Race start time: 5.15pm BST / 12.15pm ET / 9.15am PT / 2.15am AEST. Venue: Aintree Racecourse
The race is part of the Randox Grand National Festival, which starts on Thursday, April 8. GRAND NATIONAL: GET £140 IN FREE BETS FOR FESTIVAL AT AINTREE
There are nine Grade 1 races across all three days, culminating in the big one, which is at 5.15pm on the Saturday.
More than 500 million people tune in to watch the race every year.
Are there free bets for the Grand National?
Check out SunSport’s dedicated free bets page here.
You can bag yourself £140 in free bets for the Grand National too.
This will be updated with fresh offers nearer the day of the race.
Who are the runners in the Grand National?
The field is not finalised yet but here are some of the horses at the top of the betting.
Two-time winner Tiger Roll will not run in the National, but will be at Aintree. The final field of 40 is announced the week of the race.
On Thursday and Friday, coverage runs from 2pm to 5pm, while on Saturday the programme starts at 2pm and runs all the way through to 6:15pm. The Grand National itself is due off at 5:15pm on Saturday.
In addition, ITV4 will also have The Opening Show each morning at 9:30pm to preview the day’s racing.
However, the only TV channel where you can watch all seven races on the card live is Racing TV.
The subscription channel has comprehensive build-up, analysis and reaction on all four days and offers deals for day passes as well as monthly and annual subscriptions.
Both ITV’s main coverage and The Opening Show will be streamed live on the ITV Hub website and app, meaning TV licence holders can watch the action on desktop, tablet and mobile.
Similarly, Racing TV offers a streaming service online for its subscribers at no additional cost.
BBC Radio 5Live will have coverage from Aintree starting at 12pm on Saturday, including full commentary of the Grand National at 5:15pm.
The almost-200 year old race has built a fascinating history
The fence-building programme at Aintree’s unique course starts approximately three weeks before the race. Around 150 tonnes of spruce branches are brought in from forests in the Lake District.
A series of changes were introduced in 2013, to make the event safer, and to address animal welfare concerns. Among these was the replacement of wooden posts by “plastic birch”. The new fences are still covered in spruce and look outwardly the same.
Back in the first run at Aintree in 1839, health and safety was less of an issue. The race featured a solid brick wall as one of the obstacles.
6 & 22 Becher’s Brook: The famous fence can be a trap for horses, although after the safety changes, the whole field managed to clear the obstacle on the first circuit last year. The fence is named after Captain Martin Becher who fell into the ditch while leading in the first ever Grand National.
7 & 23 Foinavon Fence: It might seem innocuous, but a mass-pile up happened here in 1967. Fionavon was the only horse to scramble over it and went on to be a surprise winner.
8 & 24 Canal Turn: To avoid the canal at landing, horses must turn a full 90 degrees when they touch down. Before the First World War, loose horses would continue straight after the jump, said to end up in the actual Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
9 & 25 Valentine’s Brook: A horse named Valentine is said to have jumped the fence backwards in 1840 – hind legs first.
15 The Chair: The tallest (5ft 2in) and broadest fence of the race, with a 6ft wide ditch on the take-off side. This fence claimed the only human life in the National’s history. Joe Wynne fell and suffered injuries in 1862.