How do I watch the Aintree Grand National 2019?

Horse racing

How do I watch the Aintree Grand National on TV this year? Which channels can I watch it on, and will it be in HD?

Kev, via email

Well, Kev, this year you can watch all three days of the Grand National on ITV. And, to ensure the only ones jumping over hurdles are the horses, we’ve put everything you need to know about watching the event, including race times, on the page below.

Let’s take a look:

When does the Aintree Grand National start?

The Aintree Grand National runs from Thursday April 4 to Saturday April 6.

How to watch the Aintree Grand National?


As we say, live coverage of all three race days will be broadcast on ITV 1, and you can also watch the action in HD on ITV HD, too. Like last year, race commentary will be provided by Ed Chamberlin and Francesca Cumani.

In addition, you can also catch all the action on Racing TV. Formally Racing UK, the subscription service is available on a variety of different platforms, including Freeview, Youview, Sky and Virgin Media.


If you’re out and about, you'll be able to watch the races for free on the ITV app. Indeed, the app is available on Apple iPhone and iPad, as well as on Android and tablet. To access the app, simply visit the ITV Hub website, and sign up for an account.

Oh, and if you have an account with a bookmaker, you might be able to watch the races via their website, too.

And the rest...

BBC Radio 5 Live will report live from Aintree for the full three days with commentary from Cornelius Lysaght, and you can also catch live action on all three race days with Talk Sport, too.

Race times

So, there you go. That’s how to watch the event, here’s what times the races are on:

Grand National Thursday - Thursday, April 4

Time Race
1.45pm Manifesto Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)
2.20pm Doom Bar Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1)
2.50pm Betway Bowl Chase (Grade 1)
3.25pm Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1)
4.05pm Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase GNC (Grade 1)
4.40pm Red Rum Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
5.15pm Goffs Nickel Coin Makers’ Standard Open NHF Race (Grade 2)

Ladies Day - Friday, April 5

Time Race
1.45pm Merseyrail Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
2.20pm Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)
3.25pm JLT Chase (Grade 1)
Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
4.40pm Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
5.15pm Weatherbys Racing Bank Standard Open NHF Race (Grade 2)

Grand National Day - Saturday, April 6

Time Race
1.45pm Gaskells Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
2.25pm Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
3.00pm Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)
3.40pm Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
4.20pm Betway Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
5.15pm Randox Health Grand National (Grade 3)
6.20pm Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle (Conditional Jockeys and Amateur Riders)

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