Grand National confirmed TV schedule: How to watch Aintree festival on ITV plus official race start times and free bets

THE big one is back – two years after the sport's top racehorses competed in the world's famous race.

Yes, the Grand National is nearly upon us.

Last year we had to make do with a virtual version after coronavirus scuppered plans for the 4m 2½ contest taking place for real.

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But this time round punters up and down the country will be tuning in to see who can take Tiger Roll's crown.

The defending champion won't be there, but that doesn't diminish a top class field.

Here, SunSport runs through the TV schedule for the week, so you won't miss a second.

When is the Grand National?

The Grand National race itself takes place at 5.15pm on Saturday, April 10.

That contest forms part of the three-day Aintree Festival, which starts on Thursday, April 8.

What is the Grand National TV schedule?

The televised races for each day are below.

They will form part of ITV 1's coverage, from 2pm to 5pm on April 8 and 9, and from 2pm to 6.15pm on April 10.

Thursday, April 8 – (14:00 – 17:00) ITV1

14:20 The Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle Race (Grade 1) – 2m 1f

14:50 The Betway Bowl Steeple Chase (Grade 1) – 3m 1f

15:25 The Betway Aintree Hurdle Race (Grade 1) – 2m 4f

16:05 The Rose Paterson Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase – 2m 5f

16:40 The Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 1) Grade 3 – 2m

Friday, April 9 – (14:00 – 17:00) ITV1

14:20 The Betway Top Novices' Hurdle Race (Grade 1) – 2m 1⁄2f

14:50 The Betway Mildmay Novices' Steeple Chase (Grade 1) – 3m 1f

15:25 The Marsh Steeple Chase (Registered as the Melling) (Class 1) Grade 1 – 2m 4f

16:05 The Randox Topham Handicap Steeple Chase (Grade 3) – 2m 5f

16:40 The Doom Bar Sefton Novices' Hurdle Race (Grade 1) – 3m 1⁄2f

Saturday, April 10 – (14:00 – 18:15) ITV1

14:25 The Betway Mersey Novices' Hurdle Race (Grade 1) – 2m 4f

15:00 The Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Steeple Chase (Grade 1) – 2m

15:35 The Ryanair Stayers Hurdle Race (Registered As The Liverpool Hurdle Race) (Grade 1) – 3m 1⁄2f

16:15 The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase (Grade 3) – 3m 1f

17:15 The Randox Grand National Handicap Steeple Chase (Grade 3) – 4m 21⁄2f

How can I watch the races not on ITV?

ITV will not show the first and last races of each day.

You can watch them on a bookie's website, providing you have an account.

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