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How to watch The Grand National online anywhere in the world

How to watch The Grand National online
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Here's how to watch The Grand National online anywhere in the world

The Grand National 2021 promises to be one of the sporting highlights of the year. Here’s how to watch The Grand National online anywhere in the world.

A huge field will line up to take on the famous Aintree fences for the first time in two years after last year’s race was cancelled due to the pandemic.

We had to make do with the Virtual Grand National in 2020, which was won by Potters Corner, who now lines up in the real thing. Will Potters Corner find the actual fences as easy to jump as the virtual ones?

Cloth Cap is likely to go off favourite, but with fences like Becher’s Brook in its way there’s no guarantee it can land its short odds.

Meanwhile, Rachel Blackmore has a good chance to become the first female jockey to win the race on Minella Times. Sadly, two-time Grand National winner Tiger Roll isn’t in the field. If you fancy a long shot, there’s plenty running at odds of 100-1 - you never know!

How to watch The Grand National free online with ITV

ITV will screen The Grand National live at 5.15pm. ITV’s coverage of the racing at Aintree will run from 2pm to 6.15pm. You can stream The Grand National live on the ITV Hub.

How to watch The Grand National online from abroad 

There is a handy way to watch your favourite TV shows from wherever you are in the world, and it is called VPN.

This lets you get around the usual digital barriers by changing your IP address, meaning you can watch your favourite TV shows even if you're away from home.

But which VPN will suit your needs best?

Our favourite is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), which lets you change your IP address on whichever device you want to watch your new favourite TV show on.

From laptops to a Smart TV, Amazon Fire Stick and games consoles to a mobile phone, you can change the address to make your device think it is in a different location.

ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is one of the best out there. Not only because it is straightforward and easy to use, but it also has great security and, best of all, it comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.

This is the number one rated VPN in the world right now and as well as trying it out for free for a month, you can sign up for an annual plan and get 3 months absolutely free.

How to watch The Grand National in Australia

Foxtel (opens in new tab) will be showing the great race on Sky Thoroughbred Central.

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David started out as a writer on TV Times before becoming the title's deputy features editor and then features editor. During his time on TV Times, David also helped run the annual TV Times Awards. David is a huge Death in Paradise fan, although he's still failed to solve a case before the show's detective! He also loves James Bond and controversially thinks that Timothy Dalton was an excellent 007.


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