Grand National 2022: Start time, how to watch, entrant list, favourites

The 174th annual running of the Grand National takes place this weekend at Aintree, and we have everything you need to know about the event, including the start time and favourites.

The most lucrative event in British horse racing sees 40 horses and riders compete for a chance to create their piece of history.

Ran over 30 fences and two laps, the Aintree racecourse features larger fences than those usually seen on other courses.

In 2022, the race will be held under the eyes of a full capacity crowd for the first time since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Last year’s event was held behind closed doors.

The reigning champion of the event is Minella Times, ridden by Rachael Blackmore. The Irish jockey made history by becoming the first female to win the Grand National. Blackmore will again take the reigns of last year’s winning horse this time around.

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Let’s take a look at all you need to know about the event, including the start time, how to watch and the current favourites:

What is the start time of the Grand National 2022?

The Grand National is part of a three-day race meeting, which runs from Thursday to Saturday.

The UK start time for the 2022 running of the Grand National is 5:15pm on Saturday, April 10.

How can I watch or listen to the Grand National 2022?

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Full live coverage of the Grand National is available to watch on ITV. The channel will have coverage of the three-day meeting, excluding each day’s first and last races.

The Grand National will also be shown on Racing TV. Sky viewers can access Racing TV on channel 426, whilst it is available on channel 536 for Virgin Media users. You must have an active Racing TV subscription to watch. For more details on subscription options, visit the official Racing TV website.

Both ITV and Racing TV, meanwhile, will be live streaming the Grand National online.

There will also be live commentary of the race on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Grand National 2022: Who has entered?

As is traditional for the Grand National, 40 horses have entered Saturday’s race. If any of the confirmed entrants pull out before the race gets underway, there are also four reserves in place.

Three-time Grand National-winning trainer, Gordon Elliott, has seven runners in the race. Willie Mullins, meanwhile, has four.

There are several horse names that non-horse racing fans will appreciate. WWE fans will like the number nine horse, ‘Brahma Bull’, whilst there’s a nod to the popular ITV show ‘I’m A Celebrity’ with ‘Dingo Dollar’.

The complete entrant list can be found here.

Grand National 2022: Who are the favourites?

Below are the current favourites for the 2022 running of the Grand National (all odds courtesy of Oddschecker, correct at the time of writing and shortest odds where available):

  • Snow Leopardess – 13/2 (Betfair)
  • Delta Work – 8/1 (Various)
  • Any Second Now – 8/1 (Coral, Ladbrokes)
  • Minella Times – 9/1 (Bet365)
  • Escaria Ten – 10/1 (Betway)
  • Enjoy Dallen – 11/1 (Betfred)
  • Eclair Surf – 11/1 (Betway)

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