The Grand Nationa l is back after a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Held at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool and run over the famous iconic fences, the Randox Grand National is the race the world stops to watch.
But the Randox Grand National Festival is not just about the Saturday showpiece race – three days of star-studded racing takes place from Thursday 8 April to Saturday 10 April, featuring nine Grade One races across three days.
Watched each year by more than 500 million people in more than 140 countries, the Grand National is a race like no other and sees its 40 competitors take on Aintree's unique and world-famous fences over the course of four and a half miles.
In normal times, thousands of people would come out to watch the action and enjoy the day out – but not this year.
Due to the pandemic, the famous race didn't go ahead last year – instead replaced by a virtual simulation by ITV.
So, is it on this year? How can you watch it – and will there be crowds?
Here, Mirror Racing takes a look at everything you should know about the festival…
When is the festival?
The Randox Grand National is the highlight of Aintree's Grand National meeting which this year runs from Thursday April 8 to Saturday April 10.
A proposal from bookmakers to put this year's race back a few days or a week later to capitalise on the re-opening on non-essential shops which would include high street bookies on the following Monday is being considered.
What time does the big race start?
The runners will go to post at 5.15pm.
Where is it?
The Grand National will take place at the famous Aintree Racecourse in Merseyside.
Aintree is located in the Merseyside borough of Sefton, which is approximately six miles from Liverpool.
The three-day horse racing event – plus the main race that many around the UK bet on and watch live – always takes place at Aintree.
What TV channel is it on?
For the third year in a row, live coverage will once again be on ITV1.
Alternatively, you can visit Mirror Racing and return on race day to follow all the action on our dedicated live blog.
Coverage will be available throughout the day of the festival leading to the famous race.
What happened last year?
The race was cancelled due to March's announcement of a national lockdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
In its place was an animated virtual Grand National shown on ITV, won by 18-1 shot Potters Corner.
Punters will be pleased that the living, breathing animals are back this time.
Which horses are running?
The final field of 40 runners is yet to be selected and won't be confirmed until the week of the race.
What are the latest Grand National winner odds?
9-2 Cloth Cap
12-1 Any Second Now
14-1 Burrows Saint
14-1 Secret Reprieve
16-1 Kimberlite Candy
16-1 Minella Times
* 20-1 bar. Odds correct at time of publication
What are some of the famous fences?
The Aintree fences are not quite as perilous as they were once upon a time after a series of alterations. However, they are still the most notorious obstacles in the business and enough to make the palms of any jockey sweat.
Becher's Brook: The sixth and 22nd fence in the race may not be the biggest, but its difficulty comes from the fact the landing side is ten inches lower than the take offside. Named after Captain Martin Becher, a jockey who fell at this stage and hid in the brook to avoid injury.
Valentine's Brook: Named after a horse that allegedly jumped it backwards in 1840. More likely, the horse spun around in mid-air to create the optical illusion that its hind legs landed first.
The Chair: The tallest fence on the course now stands at five foot three inches.
Foinavon: One of the smaller fences is named after the 100-1 shot who avoided a disastrous pile-up here in 1967 and went on to win.
Canal Turn: As the name suggests, horses must take a sharp turn to the left after jumping this five-foot obstacle. Another Aintree myth is that horses used who refused to turn ended up in the Liverpool and Leeds canal.
Will there be crowds in attendance?
Unfortunately for racing fans, you cannot buy tickets to the Grand National this year.
That's due to a ban on spectators attending sporting events during lockdown – which is not set to be lifted until May 17 at the earliest.
For now, you’ll just have to make do with the race being back on and being able to watch on telly.
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