The 2018 Grand National will be on Saturday 14 April. The UK’s most prestigous and historic horse race will be a can’t miss event for betting experts and horse racing fans everywhere.
Excited for the race but can’t make it to Aintree to watch in person? Keep reading or skip straight to my step-by-step instructions to see how you can watch the Grand National online, for free!
Grand National Start Time
The 2018 Grand National will be on Saturday 14 April, with the race set to officially begin at 17:15 BST (British Summer Time).
When Does The Grand National Start in the US?
Viewers on the East Coast in the US are looking at a 12:15 EDT midday start to the race. Fans looking to watch the Grand National live on the West Coast can start at 9:15 AM on the 14th.
What About Australia?
Australians looking to tune into the Grand National are a bit unlucky, with the race beginning at 2:15 AM AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Saturday.
How to Watch The Grand National?
ITV – Free Live Stream!
The best way to watch the 2018 Grand National online is through the UK’s “free-to-air” channel, ITV. ITV also offers free, online streaming through their website or mobile app. ITV secured the broadcasting rights to the Grand National for the next three years, meaning the big race will be a free broadcast from 2018-2020!
While anyone living in the UK can stream ITV for free, those outside of the UK will need a UK IP Address in order to unblock ITV. Follow my step-by-step guide to see how you can easily get a UK IP Address and watch the Grand National for free!
Step by Step Guide to Watch the Grand National Online
- Choose from our best VPN services list, or sign straight up to my personal favorite, ExpressVPN. ExpressVPN has a 30-day money back guarantee
- Download and install the VPN client on the device you want to watch the race on (or set up your router to cover all of your home devices).
- Launch the VPN client and connect to a UK server.
- Go to ITV and sign up for a free account. Log in and start streaming the Grand National!
- Keep your VPN running and connected while streaming the race
Grand National News
The Grand National 2018
The first Grand National at Aintree was held in 1839, marking this year’s race as the 178th edition! Last year’s One for Arthur was the first Scottish horse since 1979 to win the Grand National. Could something similar occur this year with Total Recall?
The Aintree Grand National Course Details
- The fences (which the horses jump over) at Aintree are made up of spruce brought from the Lake District in north western England
- “The Chair” is the tallest fence at just over 5 ft tall.
- In addition to horse racing, Aintree has also hosted one European and five British Grand Prix.
- George Stevens is the most successful jockey in Grand National history with five wins.
- Red Rum is the most successful horse, winning the Grand National on three seperate occasions.
2018 Grand National Race Card
Grand National Saturday gets underway right after lunchtime in the UK (13:45 is the first race) with the main event beginning at 17:15. Check out Saturday’s Runners below!
- 13:45 – Gaskells Handicap Hurdle
- 14:25 – Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle
- 15:00 – Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase
- 15:40 – Betway Handicap Chase
- 16:20 – Ryanair Stayers Hurdle
- 17:15 – Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase
- 18:20 – Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle
Where Is It?
The 2018 Grand National will be held at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. The historic track is located just a short drive from Liverpool (~15 minutes) and has been hosting The Grand National since 1836.
Fancy heading to the racecourse and watching the race in person? Head over to the official Aintree ticket website and experience the thrill of the Grand National race for yourself!
2018 Grand National Odds (via bet365)
Here are the latest Grand National betting odds, updated 14 April.
- Anibale Fly – 10/1
- Blaklion – 10/1
- Total Recall – 11/1
- Tiger Roll – 11/1
- Baie Des Iles – 14/1
- Seeyouatmidnight – 16/1
- The Last Samuri – 16/1
- Ucello Conti – 20/1
- Gold Present – 25/1
- Vicente – 33/1
The Grand National will be the biggest horse racing event of 2018. Most betting experts seem to agree that Total Recall has the best shot, closely followed by Blaklion. Who are you rooting for to win the race? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Grand National Tips From BestVPN
Luke’s Grand National Tip
“This year I’m backing 11/1 shot Total Recall for the national! He’s in good form in the lead up to the race winning at Leopardstown inFebruary and the horse has a great trainer in W.P.Mullins. His biggest challenge will be the enormous fences at Aintree as he fell in this year’s gold cup, but if he can beat Jump, well I think he can go all the way in the grand national!”
Thomas’s Grand National Tip
“The 2018 Grand National sees the return of Blaklion after an impressive fourth-placed finish at Aintree in 2017. This nine-year old runner from Grange Hill Farm was also recently victorious at the National fences in Becher Chase and following up with a respectable second at the Betfred Grand National Trial Handicap Chase in February. These recent, positive results have me confident Blaklion and trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies can go all the way this year!”
Sarah’s Grand National Tip
“The Grand National is anyone’s race; you can study the form relentlessly but, in the end, only luck will prevail. The last two years have seen the National won by a relative outsider. With current ground conditions marked as soft and more rainfall imminent, it would be wise to choose a runner competent with versatile weather conditions. With this in mind, I place faith in Seeyouatmidnight, who proved himself in heavy conditions at Cheltenham this year and represents Scotland at the chase.”
Stefan’s Grand National Tip
“Named after my favourite film, I will be backing 2016’s runner-up ‘The Last Samurai’. With odd’s at the time of writing at 16/1, it presents a great opportunity for an each-way bet. Finishing placed in three of his last four starts over the national fences, jockey David Bass will have a point to prove and trainer, Kim Bailey will feel a win is well overdue. ‘The Last Samurai’ is 2lb lighter and quicker than in this race 12 months ago, so will run a tight race all the way to the finish line.”
Clare’s Grand National Tip
“This year I will be backing Captain Redbeard who has been consistent and is in good form. He is 9lbs lighter and won the Tommy Whittle Chase at Haydock this season. I have a good feeling about Captain Redbeard, watch this space!”