The Grand National, the popular horse jumps race, will be broadcast by DSport, the sports TV channel from Discovery Communications, for Indian viewers. The enormity of the challenges and uncertainty as it unfolds on the Aintree Racecourse will be telecast live on April 14 at 9:45 pm in India.
The Grand National has a legacy that dates to 1839 when it was inaugurated, and since then victory in the Grand National has been an ultimate pedestal and ambition for owners, trainers and jockeys. It is one of the biggest tests for a racehorse and rider, who have to complete two circuits of the iconic Grand National course – with 30 fences to be jumped as four miles, two furlongs and about 74 yards are covered. Like each year, prize money of £1 million is on offer for those who compete in the 171st running of the Grand National at Aintree in 2018.
The final field of 40 runners will be selected 48 hours prior to the main race and the weights for the handicap will be assigned by the British Horse Racing Authority Head of Handicapping. Under the handicap system, the better horses will carry more weight, while the ones on the back of the grid will carry the least weight. These weights will be determined by the official rating of each horse. The maximum for this year's National is 11st 10lbs and the minimum is 10st.
With some of the greatest horse racing names like Red Rum, Salamander, Early Mist in its ‘Roll of Honour’, the Grand National is the most awaited derby on the calendar.