As we can’t be there in person this year, we’ll have to make the best of a bad situation by watching the 2021 Grand National from the comfort of home. If you’re planning to catch the big race on the telly box instead of live streaming the race for FREE with Paddy Power, a big question remains. Which TV channel is it actually on? Well, to save you scrambling for the remote control, Paddy Power News brings you all the key information you need.
HOW TO WATCH THE GRAND NATIONAL 2021 ON TV?
ITV Racing will broadcast the Grand National live and have a brilliant day of coverage lined up on Saturday April 10. The Opening Show tees up the day from 9.30am on ITV4 before the Virtual Grand National further builds the excitement at 1pm on the same channel. ITV’s coverage of the third and final day of the Aintree Grand National Festival begins at 2pm before the build up to the big race gets underway at 4.30pm.
Paddy Power has been sponsoring all of ITV Racing’s excellent live coverage since January 1. That’s every televised meet throughout 2021 as well as on-demand and catch up services, licensing rights, the ITV Racing app and the ITV7 competition as well. The mega-deal covers almost 100 days of racing every year for you to enjoy on the telly box.
We already bring you knowledgeable insight and expert analysis from the brightest and best minds in racing like ITV pundits Matt Chapman, Mick Fitzgerald and Jason Weaver as well as the legendary Ruby Walsh. You can expect that to continue here on Paddy Power News with exclusive tipping columns, live updates, fast results and everything else you need to know.
In Ireland, Virgin Media 1 carries live coverage of the Grand National Festival from 2pm on all three days.
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WHAT TIME DOES THE GRAND NATIONAL 2021 START?
The 40 runners and riders in the Grand National 2021 are due to go to post at 5.15pm. It is the penultimate race on the card for the third and final day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse. The winner normally clocks a time of around nine minutes and Paddy Power News will bring you the fast result in a flash.
WHO ARE PADDY POWER PUNDITS BACKING IN THE GRAND NATIONAL 2021?
Ruby Walsh: “BURROWS SAINT is in pretty similar form to how he was last year. He hasn’t won a race since he won the Irish National in 2019, but we’re very happy with him. He’s improved a good bit since his run in the Bobbyjo Chase when he was second to Acapella Bourgeois. The big thing with him is the ground, and he is a much better horse on good ground.
“Everyone also wants one in the National at a price, and I think CLASS CONTI could be overlooked. He was third in Thyestes, fourth in the Leinster National and I think better ground will suit him a bit.”
Frank Hickey: “The one that is just crying out to be backed – and I have backed him – is DISCORAMA for Paul Nolan. He’s what I’d call a grade-one-and-a-half horse.
“My massive price one would be TALKISCHEAP with the decent ground massively in his favour.”
Mick Fitzgerald: “I have gone for ANY SECOND NOW at the top of my list as he has a very similar profile to the Ted Walsh trained winner Papillion. He is nine years old, he has a speed to win and he’s been campaigned with this race in mind for the last 2 years.”
Matt Chapman: “KIMBERLITE CANDY. Lovely racing weight for Tom Lacey and Richie McLernon. Stays well and has form over the big fences, having finished a fine second over the fences in the 2019 Becher Chase. Should have strong eachway claims.”
Timeform: “CLOTH CAP has won his last two starts in impressive fashion, easily making all in both the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury and Premier Chase at Kelso. Crucially, his Kelso victory came after the weights were published, so he escapes a penalty for that wide-margin defeat of some smart rivals.”
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