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Updated: Wednesday 5 April 2017

Grand National Festival 2017 – Live TV Coverage on ITV

The 2017 Grand National Festival takes place this week (6-8th April) from the Aintree Racecourse in Merseyside.

ITV will have live coverage of all three days including the Grand National itself, when 40 runners will jump the 30 famous fences including iconic obstacles like Becher’s Brook and The Chair.

All three days of racing will be set up by The Opening Show in its familiar 10am slot on ITV4, with Saturday’s show extended from the usual hour to 90 minutes.

Main presenter Ed Chamberlin will be assisted by Oli Bell as chief on-course reporter, while Oli also presents the three Opening Shows.

The unique layout of the Grand National course means three commentators are required, so Mark Johnson and Ian Bartlett will provide back-up to Richard Hoiles.

Sir Anthony McCoy is on board for all three days. Luke Harvey, Mick Fitzgerald and Brian Gleeson will be adding their expert thoughts throughout the three days, the latter providing regular betting updates alongside Matt Chapman, who will also appear on the Opening Show.

Lucy Verasamy will provide essential weather forecasts through the week, Victoria Pendleton and Brough Scott make guest appearances and Alice Plunkett is on hand for the vital news from the parade ring.

Fashion is key on Friday for Ladies’ Day when Charlotte Hawkins and Mark Heyes will turn their attentions to the special glamour of the occasion.

ITV’s televised coverage will also be simulcast live on the ITV Hub.

Thursday 6th April

10:00 – 11:00 – The Opening Show

Live coverage starts at 2pm
14:20 The Doom Bar Anniversary4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle Race (Grade 1)
14.50 The Betway Bowl Steeple Chase (Grade 1)
15.25 The Betway Aintree Hurdle Race (Grade 1)
16.05 The Randox Health Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase
16.40 The Red Rum HandicapSteeple Chase (Grade 3)

Friday 7th April

10:00 – 11:00 – The Opening Show

Live coverage starts at 2pm
14:20 The Crabbie’s Top Novices’Hurdle Race (Grade 1)
14:50 The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)
15:25 The JLT Melling Steeple Chase (Grade 1)
16:05 The Randox Health Topham Handicap Steeple Chase (Grade 3)
16:40 The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)

Saturday 8th April

10:00 – 11:30 – The Opening Show

Live coverage starts at 2pm
14:25 The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)
15:00 The Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)
15:40 The Betway Handicap SteepleChase (Listed Race)
16:20 The Ryanair Stayers Liverpool Hurdle Race (Grade 1)
17:15 THE RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL HANDICAP

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