What time is The Grand National on ITV on Saturday?

What time is The Grand National on? Pictured, last year's winner One For Arthur
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Make sure you don't miss The Grand National

The biggest horse race of the year, watched by millions, will be shown on ITV at 5.15pm on Saturday afternoon.

ITV’s coverage of the racing begins at 2pm, with the world’s most famous steeplechase – the 2018 Randox Health Grand National – due off at 5.15pm.

There are other top draw races on the day to enjoy from Aintree, including the Betway Mersey Novices' Hurdle (2.25pm), Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Chase (3.00pm), Betway Handicap Chase (3.40pm) and the Ryanair Stayers Hurdle (4.20pm).

A whopping 40 runners - full runner guide - will line up for The Grand National, all hoping to emulate the achievement of last year’s winner, One For Arthur.

Ed Chamberlin and Francesca Cumani will present ITV’s live coverage, with expert analysis from legendary ex jockeys Sir AP McCoy and Mick Fitzgerald.

ITV4 will begin the build up for The Grand National with The Opening Show, presented by Oli Bell, at 9.30am.

Racing UK will also have live coverage of the racing from Aintree, including The Grand National.

It’s needle in a haystack time in terms of trying to pick the winner, among the favourites are Anibale Fly, ridden by Barry Geraghty and Total Recall, ridden by Paul Townend. If you fancy something more at a big price, Maggio is one of a number runners at available currently at 100-1!

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