Grand National 2017: Race schedule and BBC coverage

2016 Grand National winner Rule The World
There will be live coverage of the 2017 Grand National on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and the BBC Sport website

The 2017 Grand National Festival takes place from 6 -8 April with the Grand National on Saturday, 8 April at 17:15 BST.

The iconic race has £1m in prize money up for grabs but first the 40 horses and jockeys taking part will have to navigate a series of fences, including Becher's Brook, The Canal Turn and The Chair.

And it can be anyone's race, as 33-1 Rule the World demonstrated when winning in 2016.

There is comprehensive live coverage of the Grand National on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website.

Full race schedule and BBC coverage (all times BST, distances in miles and furlongs):

Saturday, 8 April - Grand National Day

Aintree Racecourse

13:40: Gaskells Handicap Hurdle 3m ½f

14:25: Betway Mersey Novices' Hurdle 2m 4f

15:00: Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Steeple Chase 2m

15:40: Betway Handicap Steeple Chase 3m 1f

16:20: Ryanair Stayers' Hurdle (Registered as the Liverpool Hurdle) 3m ½f

17:15: Randox Health Grand National Steeple Chase 4m 2½f

18:15: Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle 2m ½f

BBC coverage:

11:30-17:00 - Build-up on BBC Radio 5 live plus live text commentary on BBC Sport website from 13:15-18:15

17:00-18:06 - Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, plus text coverage on the BBC Sport website

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