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- Around 150 tonnes of spruce branches are brought in from forests in the Lake District to make the fences.

UK news Race times, TV coverage, latest odds and more for this year's Grand National last minute news


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- Around 150 tonnes of spruce branches are brought in from forests in the Lake District to make the fences.

UK news Race times, TV coverage, latest odds and more for this year's Grand National last minute news
07 April 2021 - 15:45

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The Grand National is back this weekend and while there will be no spectators at Aintree, millions of viewers will be streaming the race or watching it live on TV. The historic Grand National is one of most hotly anticipated race days of the year, not to mention one of the biggest betting events of the calendar. A maximum of 40 horses will attempt to clear 30 Grand National fences over the course of four and a half miles - specifically, two full circuits of a 2¼ mile (3,600 metres) racetrack. The challengers face the daunting task of clearing some of the most notorious fences worldwide, such as Becher’s Brook and The Chair. In recent years the Aintree course has been revamped to be safer for both horses and riders. Here's what you need to know about when and where to watch it online, latest betting odds, and some fun facts about the course and the fences. CambridgeshireLive email updates: We bring the stories to you Signing up to the CambridgeshireLive newsletter means you'll receive our daily news email. It couldn't be simpler and it takes seconds - simply click here, enter your email address and follow the instructions. You can also enter your address at the top of this page in the box below the picture on most desktop and mobile platforms. Changed your mind? There's an 'unsubscribe' button at the bottom of every newsletter we send out. When is the Grand National 2021 and how to watch it? The Randox Grand National Festival from 8-10 April 2021 (Image: Andrew Teebay/Liverpool Echo) The 2021 Aintree Grand National Festival is set to take place from Thursday, April 8 to Saturday,April 10 - with the the Grand National to be run on April 10 at 5.15pm. The event is always spread over three days of races - Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Friday is Ladies' Day, while the famous race is staged on the Saturday and Sunday. You can check the full schedule for the day by clicking here. ITV and ITV4 will provide live TV coverage, and you can watch live on ITV Hub online or the app. The first race will kick off at 1.45pm on Thursday, and broadcasting will commence at 2pm on ITV. You can also watch from a bookmaker platform if you placed a Grand National bet with them. When is the Virtual Grand National 2021 and how to watch it? The Virtual Grand National will return for 2021, and you will be able to view it live on ITV4 at 8pm on Friday 9. It will serve as a preview of how the real, breathing runners might perform the following date, based purely on data and a computer algorithm. The race will be simulated using heaps of data about each runner, jockey, form, and ground.

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. What are the latest Grand National winner odds? According to grandnational.org.uk, these are the current top odds: Cloth Cap 4/1 Burrows Saint 8/1 Any Second Now 10/1 Minella Times 10/1 Kimberlite Candy 10/1 A final line-up plus four reserves are announced on the morning of April 8. Read More Related Articles The Boat Race 2021: How to watch Cambridge's double Boat Race win in full Read More Related Articles Boat Race 2021 results: Clean sweep for Cambridge as annual Boat Race moves to Ely Grand National fences and course fun facts The grass on the course is cut as preparations are made on preview day of the 2021 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool (Image: David Davies/PA Wire) The almost-200 year old race has built a fascinating history The fence-building programme at Aintree's unique course starts approximately three weeks before the race. Around 150 tonnes of spruce branches are brought in from forests in the Lake District. A series of changes were introduced in 2013, to make the event safer, and to address animal welfare concerns. Among these was the replacement of wooden posts by “plastic birch”. The new fences are still covered in spruce and look outwardly the same. Back in the first run at Aintree in 1839, health and safety was less of an issue. The race featured a solid brick wall as one of the obstacles. 6 & 22 Becher’s Brook: The famous fence can be a trap for horses, although after the safety changes, the whole field managed to clear the obstacle on the first circuit last year. The fence is named after Captain Martin Becher who fell into the ditch while leading in the first ever Grand National. 7 & 23 Foinavon Fence: It might seem innocuous, but a mass-pile up happened here in 1967. Fionavon was the only horse to scramble over it and went on to be a surprise winner. 8 & 24 Canal Turn: To avoid the canal at landing, horses must turn a full 90 degrees when they touch down. Before the First World War, loose horses would continue straight after the jump, said to end up in the actual Leeds and Liverpool Canal. 9 & 25 Valentine’s Brook: A horse named Valentine is said to have jumped the fence backwards in 1840 - hind legs first. 15 The Chair: The tallest (5ft 2in) and broadest fence of the race, with a 6ft wide ditch on the take-off side. This fence claimed the only human life in the National’s history. Joe Wynne fell and suffered injuries in 1862. Will you be watching the Grand National this weekend? Let us know in the comments.

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