Grand National Start times, Dates and Race Day Programs

Last Updated 12 Dec 2019 | Commercial content | 18+

The tapes go up on the 2020 Aintree Grand National Meeting on Thursday 2nd April with the Grand National Start times first race at 1:45 pm and broadcasting beginning for the race at 2:20 pm on ITV1. The Aintree Grand National Festival is always spread over three days (Thursday-Saturday) with the Grand National staged on Saturday. The gates open at 10:30 am each day so racegoers have time to get into the course. The action continues over the three-day event. Friday 3rd April is Ladies Day and Grand National Day is the sell out day on Saturday 4th April 2020.

What date and time is the Grand National?

In recent years the Grand National start times have been put back to 5:15 pm and is now shown on ITV1. The later race time is mainly to attract more viewers as when the race was run around 4 pm there were generally a lot of other sporting events – like football – going on at that time too. So now you can watch the Grand National at 5:15 pm on Saturday 4th April 2020.

As the Aintree gates open around 10:30 am each day, racegoers will have plenty of time to get into the course before the first race. With bars and restaurants open all day, plus corporate boxes and suites offering lunch before the racing starts, then many racegoers will flock to the track between 10:30 am and 11 am in order to make the most of their day.

The track will also have other entertainment going on so if you are attending the 2020 Grand National Meeting on any of the three days then be sure to explore. Generally, there are shops and stalls onsite that will sell anything things like racing fashion or racing memorabilia like pictures or books.

Also look out for competitions dotted around the track – for example, ‘Best Dressed Lady’, Best ‘Dressed Man’, or ‘Best Dressed Couple’. There can often be some decent sponsors prizes for the winners, like cash or even a car! To help you plan your Grand National Day here are the expected running times for each race over the three days.

Grand National Thursday – A Day for Champions – THURSDAY 2ND APRIL 2020

Grand National Start TimesWatchRaceDistancePrize Money £
1:45pm Watch at Paddy Power The Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)2m 4f100,000
2:20pm Watch at Unibet The Doom Bar Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle (Grand 1)2m 1f100,000
2:50pm Watch William Hill The Betway Bowl Steeple Chase (Grade 1)3m 1f150,000
3:25pm Watch at Betfair The Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1)2m 4f200,000
4:05pm Watch at Unibet The Randox Health Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase (Class 2)2m 5f40,000
4:40pm Watch William Hill The Betway Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase (Grade 3)2m90,000
5:15pm Watch at Paddy Power The Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat (Grade 2)2m 1f45,000
Can't be there? Watch Grand National Thursday Races

Grand National Friday – Ladies Day – FRIDAY 3RD APRIL 2020

Grand National Start TimesWatchRaceDistancePrize Money £
1:40pm Watch William Hill The Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)2m 4f70,000
2:20pm Watch at Paddy Power The Crabbie’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)2m ½f100,000
2:50pm Watch at Betfair The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)3m 1f100,000
3:25pm Watch at Betfair The JLT Melling Steeple Chase (Grade 1)2m 4f200,000
4:05pm  Watch William Hill The Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase (Grade 3)2m 5f120,000
4:40pm Watch at Paddy Power The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)3m ½f100,000
5:15pm Watch at Paddy Power The Weatherbys Champion Standard Open NH Flat (Grade 2)2m 1f45,000
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Grand National Start Times – SATURDAY 4TH APRIL 2020

Grand National Start TimesWatchRaceDistancePrize Money £
1:45pm Watch William Hill The Gaskells Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)3m ½f70,000
2:25pm Watch at Paddy Power The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)2m 4f100,000
3:00pm Watch at Unibet The Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)2m100,000
3:40pm Watch at Betfair The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase (Listed)3m 1f70,000
4:20pm Watch William Hill The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle (Registered as the Liverpool Hurdle) (Grade 1)3m ½f150,000
5:15pm Watch at Unibet The Randox Health Grand National Steeple Chase (Grade 3)4m 2½f1,000,000
6:15pm Watch William Hill The Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle (cond’ and amat’) (Class 2)2m ½f50,000
Can't be there? Watch the Grand National here

Check ticket availability as well as our handy betting guides. For our recommended bets, best odds and tips, make sure you check here. We have tipped 6 of the last 14 Grand Nationals!

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Grand National Festival – Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, Britain – April 12, 2018. Might Bite ridden by Nico de Boinville in action (R) before winning the 14:50 Betway Bowl Chase. Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY @SCANPIX

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