Grand National 2018: Schedule, TV Coverage, Runners & Betting Odds

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The entire horse racing community lives and breathes for a single moment – albeit a four-day long one – over an entire season and 2018 is no different.

The annual horse race held at Aintree Race course – the Grand National – is the highlight of the horse racing calendar which produces life-long memories and helps horses and jockeys make it into the history of this beautiful sport.


The excitement of the 2018 Aintree Grand National meeting kicks off on Thursday 12th April and up to Saturday 14th April when the Grand National will be staged as the cherry on top of what is expected to be a dazzling display.

The Grand National start times have been kicked back to 5:15pm in recent years with the later time intended to attract more viewers who will not be distracted by other sporting events like football, for example.

The Aintree gates will open around 10:30am each day during the event which allows racegoers enough time to settle nicely within the course before the first race scheduled to start at 1:45pm.

TV Coverage

A remarkable lot of more than 600 million people around the globe tend to tune in to watch the Grand National every year. Huge chunk of 8.2 million people come from the United Kingdom alone, which makes the Grand National a highly popular sporting event.

Under a four-year deal of exclusive rights to broadcast the Grand National from 2017 to 2020, ITV will this year be in charge of the TV coverage. All UK residents can sit back and watch the action unfold from the comfort of their homes via the ITV channel, website or player app which will also stream the Grand National Live.

Another option to tune in the action from the Grand National is through cable channel RACING UK. This provider charges a monthly subscription, whereas they also allow a daily pass which grants you 24-hour access to their channel which is ultimately available through your mobile devices as well.

Runners & Betting Odds

With weights and entries for the Grand National 2018 already released, the fans are excited to hear that Brian Ellison’s Definitely Red came out on top following its winning performance at the Cotswold Chase.

Having been forced to pull up for the 2017 Grand National due to tack issues on the first circuit, Definitely Red sits 11-10 in front of Bristol De Mai 11-09 in second and Edwulf 11-09 in third, whereas the 11-08 Outlander occupies the fourth place in the weighing. Completing the top five of all 103 entries is Minella Rocco 11-07.

As for the current bookies’ favourites to claim a victory this year, Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Blacklion is the current favourite with 11/1 stacked in his favour at The SunBets.

Total Recall follows with 13/1 betting odds, whereas the Last Samurai, aforementioned Definitely Red and Minella Rocco stand tied at 21/1 to emerge victorious from this year’s edition of the coveted competition. 

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