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Grand National coverage expanded on Channel 4

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Channel 4 wants to match its successful coverage of the 2012 Paralympic Games with its broadcasting of the Grand National.

The nation's favourite horse race switches from the BBC to Channel 4 this year and the broadcaster has announced a showcase of programmes to promote the sporting occasion.

Channel 4's Grand National Trail

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Channel 4's Grand National Trail



An ad campaign for the race, created by the team behind the Paralympics 'Superhumans' campaign, launches this evening (March 19) at 9pm on Channel 4. The trailer was filmed in Liverpool's Everton Park and features stunt horses and jockeys racing across the city, through gardens and allotments and over cars and picnic benches.

Grand National season starts in April and will include How To Win The Grand National, a documentary featuring veterinary expert Mark Evans, a Come Dine With Me special and Alan Carr's Grand National Specstacular.

Channel 4's Grand National Trail

© Channel 4

Channel 4's Grand National Trail



There will also be a special edition of Tim Lovejoy's Saturday Brunch between The Morning Line and the racing.

Channel 4 will have three days of racing coverage with 15 hours of live action.

Clare Balding heads up the expert team of presenters, which also includes Nick Luck, Jim McGrath, Mick Fitzgerald, Graham Cunningham and Ted Walsh. The commentary team will feature Simon Holt, Richard Hoiles and Ian Bartlett.

Channel 4's Grand National Trail

© Channel 4

Channel 4's Grand National Trail



2012 Grand National winner Daryl Jacob said: "It's brilliant that Channel 4 is determined to take racing to the masses. My sport is truly privileged to have a broadcaster that shows such commitment and I know their National coverage will be top class."

The channel has implemented new technology to improve its coverage, which includes using 45 cameras around the famous Aintree track. It will utilise Superloupe Hi-Motion cameras, a Becher's Brook fence camera, a new fence sound system, three Jib Cranes, award-winning cameraman David Manton in a low-noise helicopter, and a Camcat wire-cam system running alongside the track.

The John Smith's Grand National takes place on April 6 at 4.15pm. Channel 4's coverage of the three-day meeting airs from April 4 to 6.

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