BBC Grand National coverage & schedule


Many Clouds wins Crabbies Grand National 2015

Many Clouds won the 2015 Grand National to give jockey Leighton Aspell his second consecutive victory in the race

You can follow all the action from the three-day Grand National meeting at Aintree on BBC radio, online, mobile and the BBC Sport app.

BBC Radio 5 live will have commentaries of the big Aintree races climaxing with the National on 9 April (17:15 BST).

The BBC Sport website will have reports, a pinstickers’ guide, sweepstake kit and live text commentary from 13:30 GMT on Saturday.

Correspondent Cornelius Lysaght and website racing reporter Frank Keogh will be in Liverpool throughout the meeting, posting updates on Twitter and giving updates via the live text service.

Thursday, 7 April – Grand Opening Day

  • BBC coverage: Sarah Brett co-presents Afternoon Edition from Aintree on Radio 5 live from 13:00-16:10 BST – with the first five races live in the programme

Full race schedule: (Time, race, status, distance)

13.40 The Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f

14.15 The Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 1f

14.50 The Betfred Bowl Steeple Chase (Grade 1) 3m 1f

15.25 The Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 4f

16.05 The Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ Steeple Chase (Class 2) 2m 5f

16.40 The Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase (Grade 3)2m

17.15 The Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat (Grade 2) 2m 1f

Friday, 8 April – Ladies’ Day

  • BBC coverage: Eleanor Oldroyd presents The Sports Panel from Aintree on Radio 5 live from 13:00-14:00 BST, then there’s live coverage on 5 live sports extra between 14:00 and 16:10 – with the first five races live across the two networks
  • Race preview: Mark Pougatch presents 5 live Sport from the Hard Days Night hotel in Liverpool between 19:00 and 21:00.

Full race schedule: (Time, race, status, distance)

13.40 The Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 4f

14.15 The Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m ½f

14.50 The Betfred Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1) 3m 1f

15.25 The JLT Melling Steeple Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f

16.05 The Crabbie’s Topham Steeple Chase (Grade 3) 2m 5f

16.40 The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)3m ½f

17.15 The Weatherbys Champion Standard Open NH Flat (Grade 2) 2m 1f

Saturday 9 April – Grand National Day

  • Build-up: Eleanor Oldroyd co-presents 5 live Breakfast from Aintree from 06:00-09:00
  • Live BBC coverage: Mark Pougatch presents 5 live Sport from Aintree between 11:00 and 18:06 with commentary on the big race at 17:15

Full race schedule: (Time, race, status, distance)

13.40 The Aintree Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 3m ½f

14.25 The EZ Trader Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 4f

15.00 The Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)2m

15.40 The Liverpool Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m ½f

16.20 The Betfred Handicap Steeple Chase (Listed) 3m 1f

17.15 The Crabbie’s Grand National Steeple Chase (Grade 3) 4m 2½f

18.10 The Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle (cond’ and amat’) (Class 2) 2m ½f



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