Grand National 2021: Preview, race card, schedule and more


aturday brings one of the highlights of the British sporting calendar as the 173rd Grand National takes place at Aintree.

With last year’s renewal having been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s race is perhaps even more eagerly anticipated than usual, with a maximum field of 40 runners set to take on the iconic course.

Cloth Cap seems likely to be sent off favourite, while a strong Irish challenge is headed by Burrows Saint and Any Second Now, with Rachael Blackmore hoping to add to her Cheltenham heroics as she rides Minella Times.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the world’s most famous horse race…

When is the Grand National?

The Grand National will take place on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool.

The first race of the day goes off at 1:45pm, with the Grand National itself scheduled to start at 5:15pm.

Full racecard and schedule

As well as the Grand National, Saturday’s card features a host of other top class action, including three Grade 1s.


EFT Sytems Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)


Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)


Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)


Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)


Betway Handicap Chase (Grade 3)


Randox Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3)


Weatherbys Standard Open NH Flat Race (Grade 2)

How to watch

TV channel: ITV1 will be broadcasting live coverage of the Grand National, plus four other races, with the programme starting at 2pm.

Racing TV will show full build-up and all seven races on the card.

Live stream: ITV’s coverage will be able to stream live via the ITV Hub website and app. 

Racing TV subscribers can stream all the action live via the Racing TV website and app. 

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