Preview – The Grand National

Aintree Race Course

Yes, it’s that time of year when you ask yourself the same question: how much money am I going to lose today?

It’s the one horse race that everyone bets on, even those people who don’t normally gamble on anything else. To quote Bill Bailey in the sitcom Black Books: “It’s a moment when the whole nation comes together. Like the opening of a Richard Curtis movie, or the manhunt for a serial killer.”

Last year’s winner, Tiger Roll, is back to try and become the first horse to successfully retain the title since Red Rum did so in the 1970s.

The Grand National Festival is on ITV at 14.00, with the main race starting at 17.15.