Grand National on TV: How to watch the 2022 Aintree Grand National on TV

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It’s one of the best days on the sporting calendar as 40 runners and riders tackle the iconic spruce fences at Aintree as they bid to write their name in the history books.

Yes, there really is nothing quite like the Grand National and a stellar cast has been declared for this year’s renewal including Any Second Now, Delta Work, Fiddlerontheroof and last year’s winner Minella Times.


The beauty of big sporting moments is that it’s only live once so you won’t want to miss a second of the action from Aintree. If you’re planning to watch the race on your telly box but are unsure what channel you need to tune into or when the coverage starts then, don’t fret, as we’re on hand to bring you all those important details.

ITV Racing is the home of Grand National television coverage for viewers in the United Kingdom and the gang have a delightful day of coverage lined up to build the hype for the world’s greatest steeplechase.

The Opening Show previews the action from 9.30am on ITV4 before a chance to watch the Virtual Grand National from 1pm on ITV. The channel’s live coverage of the third and final day of the Aintree Grand National Festival 2022 begins from 2pm.

The Grand National is set to start at 5.15pm but you can be sure Ed Chamberlin and the rest of the ITV Racing crew will have plenty of previews and post-race analysis to enjoy as they’re on air until 6.15pm. If you’re turning in from Ireland then you’ll find that Virgin Media One carries the live coverage from 2pm until 6.20pm.

Paddy’s been sponsoring all of ITV Racing’s excellent live coverage since January 1, 2021. He knows a good thing, does our top dog! Paddy’s also put some coins in the meter to live stream the Grand National and the rest of today’s races at Aintree on the Paddy Power website and app.

The Opening Show – ITV4 (9.30am)
Virtual Grand National – ITV (1pm)
ITV Racing Live Coverage – ITV/Virgin Media One (2pm)

All you have to do to live stream the Grand National is download the Paddy Power app and sign up or log in. It’s even easier online where you simply head to the, log in, find the Grand National betting page and you’re away.

If you’re looking for inspiration when it comes to picking your horse for the Grand National then you might fancy checking out our exclusive tipping columns from the likes of Ruby Walsh, Mick Fitzgerald and Matt Chapman.

We’ll also got a sweepstake kit to share with your family, friends and work buddies, and we’ll bring you live updates plus the winner and each-way placings on Grand National day as the UK and Ireland grinds to a halt to watch the most famous race of them all.

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