The Grand National

Sat Apr 6, 1-5.10pm, C4

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The first year of the new, slightly peculiar partnership between right-on Channel 4 and the nation’s favourite equine obstacle course. Still, C4 does sport well whenever it gets its hands on some, and you could argue that the presence of the broadcasting supernova that is Clare Balding means that the battle’s already half won. Standing in her shadow will be the aptly named Nick Luck – presumably Bert Le Clos was busy.

Like the vast majority of spectators, punters and even self-appointed experts, we haven’t a clue who’s going to win but, even so, it feels slightly rude not to have a bet on the National. So wander down the local bookies, allow yourself to be humoured by the long-suffering staff (for whom this day must be the stuff of nightmares) and stick a pin in the list of runners and riders. Good luck.


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