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Crabbie's Grand National Festival

2nd April 2014

Channel 4 to show 15 hours of live action from Crabbie's Grand National Festival 

On April 3rd – 5th Channel 4 will broadcast the Grand National Festival featuring the showpiece steeplechase The Crabbie’s Grand National - one of the most enduring sporting spectacles in world sport. 


Channel 4’s racing coverage across the three-day meeting will incorporate over 15 hours of live action with five daily races. The Morning Line will preview racing action on Thursday and Friday in its 8am slot, with Saturday’s show moving to 9am to begin Channel 4’s full day programming based around the Crabbie’s Grand National.

Afternoon coverage starts at 1.35pm (April 3 & 4) and at 1pm on Grand National Day (April 5) presented by Clare Balding. She will be joined by Nick Luck with Jim McGrath and Graham Cunningham providing analysis from the trackside studio.

With access to the Stables, Jockeys Changing Room and Steward’s Room Alice Plunkett, Mick Fitzgerald and Rishi Persad will be out and about at Aintree to capture the atmosphere of the illustrious three-day meeting. 

Channel 4’s principal commentator, Simon Holt, will be supported by two additional commentators - Richard Hoiles and Ian Barlett - for the feature four miles, three furlongs contest that incorporates 30 fences that includes landmarks such as Becher’s Brook, the Canal Turn, Valentine’s and the Chair. Tanya Stevenson will be on-hand to relay the betting markets with Brian Gleeson offering an Irish perspective.

This is the first year of sponsorship of the Grand National by Crabbie’s, the UK’s number one selling Alcoholic Ginger Beer, and the three-year deal between Crabbie’s and Aintree will see the showpiece race run for a £1 million purse for the first time.

The Crabbie's Grand National Festival - Full Schedule - Channel 4 

Thursday 3rd Grand Opening Day

2pm The Injured Jockeys Fund 50th Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1)

2.30pm The Betfred Bowl Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

3.05pm The Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1)

3.40pm The Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ Steeple Chase (Class 2)

4.15pm The Crabbie’s Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase (Grade 3)

Friday 4th Ladies Day

2pm The Crabbie’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

2.30pm The Betfred Mobile Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

3.05pm The Crabbie’s Melling Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

3.40pm The Crabbie’s Topham Steeple Chase (Grade 3)

4.15pm The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)


Saturday 5th Grand National Day

1.30pm  The Crabbie’s Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

2.05pm  The Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

2.50pm The Silver Cross Stayers’ Hurdle (Registered Liverpool Hurdle) (Grade 1)

3.25pm The Betfred TV Handicap Steeple Chase (Listed)

4.15pm The Crabbie’s Grand National Steeple Chase (Grade 3)

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