The Grand National continues to be not only one of the world’s most popular horse races, but also one of the most viewed sporting events anywhere on the planet.
The enduring popularity of the world’s most famous steeplechase means that UK punters have a number of options for watching the 2019 Grand National — live at the course in Aintree, on free to air TV, via subscription TV, or online via the broadcasters’ apps. Alternatively, an increasingly popular option for watching the Grand National live is to place a bet with one of the horse racing betting sites offering high quality streams.
However you choose to view, you will be taking part in one of the world's most revered sporting events and a highlight of not only the racing calendar, but the country’s social calendar as well.
When is the 2019 Grand National?
The 2019 Grand National meeting will be held over three days from Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th April, with the feature race taking place at 5.15pm on the final Saturday. Each day of the meeting has its own character and feature events on a seven-race card.
The highlights of the first day, Grand National Thursday (4 April), will be the Grade 1 Betway Bowl Steeplechase and Aintree Hurdle, with another popular race being the Fox Hunters’ Chase for amateur riders. The second day of the meeting (Friday 5 April) is known as Ladies’ Day and will also feature two Grade 1 races — the Topham Chase over 2 miles and the 2-mile 4f Melling Chase.
Grand National Day, the climax of the meeting, will take place on Saturday 6 April, with the 2019 Grand National being the 172nd running of the race. There will be 40 runners who run over 4½ miles and jump 30 fences, with the top weight in the race carrying 11st 10lb. Tiger Roll, trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Davy Russell was the narrow winner in 2018, ahead of Pleasant Company and Bless The Wings in third.
Watch the 2019 Grand National Live and Free on ITV
2018 was the second year of ITV’s live, free-to-air coverage of the Grand National, an arrangement that still has two years to run, and so ITV 1 will be the place where most punters will watch the Grand National in 2019.
The ITV 2018 Grand National coverage was deemed a great success by the broadcaster, with an estimated audience of around 8.5 million viewers, up from the previous year’s figures. ITV provides coverage not only of the feature races, but all three days of racing from Aintree, and so caters both for racing enthusiasts and the casual, once-a-year punter.
ITV Racing can be viewed either on your TV or online, or via the ITV app which is available for Apple iPhone and iPad, and Android smartphones and tablets. This means that provided you have access to a TV or an internet connection, the 2019 Grand National will be available to watch for free on a range of platforms and devices wherever you are in the UK.
Watch the 2019 Grand National on Racing UK
Racing UK is one of two broadcasters whose entire output is centered on racing (the other being At The Races, soon to be known as Sky Sports Racing). Racing UK has partnerships with a number of racecourses in both the UK and Ireland to screen live racing, including Aintree and the Grand National meeting.
Racing UK is a subscription service and you can access programmes across a variety of platforms, including Freeview, Youview, Sky, and Virgin Media. You can also stream all of Racing UK’s coverage online on any device, either through your browser or via a free iOS or Android app.
Watch the 2019 Grand National Live at Aintree
Around 70,000 people cram into Aintree on Grand National Day, and the atmosphere at the course is something that all racing fans, or anyone who just enjoys sport, should experience at some time in their lives.
There are a variety of ticketing options and hospitality packages available for all three days of the meeting — however, tickets for Grand National Day on Saturday are selling fast, with some packages already sold out. There are still tickets available in some enclosures, including Tattersalls, the West Tip, Lord Sefton Terrace and Lord Daresbury Roof, but if you’re intending to head to Aintree for the 2019 Grand National, it’s advisable to book as soon as you can, as this premier sporting event will undoubtedly sell out.