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Scottish Grand National 2024: Start Time, TV Channel, and Runners

Jockey Jack Tudor celebrates after riding Kitty's Light to victory in the Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase during the Coral Scottish Grand National festival at Ayr Racecourse. Picture date: Saturday April 22, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story RACING Ayr. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.

Exciting Racing Event This Weekend

Fans are gearing up for the Scottish Grand National, one of the biggest meets in the racing calendar, set to take place this weekend. Last year, Kitty’s Light emerged victorious in Ayr, securing a second consecutive win for trainer Christian Williams.

Trainer Willie Mullins Eyeing History

Racing legend Willie Mullins aims to make history by claiming the British trainers' title after I Am Maximus triumphed at the Grand National in Aintree last weekend. The victory propelled Mullins ahead of his rivals in the Trainers' Championship table.

Key Details for the Event

– The Scottish Grand National is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, with the race starting at 3.35pm BST at Ayr Racecourse.

How to Watch

– Catch the action live on ITV1 or stream it for FREE via the ITVX app/website. ITV's coverage begins at 1pm BST, and Racing TV will also broadcast the event.

Meet the Runners

Here are some of the 36 horses holding entries for the Scottish Grand National:

– Stay Away Fay, Mr Incredible, Elvis Mail, Beauport, Sail Away, Ontheropes, Courtland, Spanish Harlem, Gold Cup Bailly, Iron Bridge, Whistleinthedark, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

What role does a steward play in horse races?

Stewards perform a critical role in ensuring fairness and compliance with racing rules in horse racing. Stewards are responsible for overseeing jockeys and trainers as well as other racing personnel. They also monitor races to ensure that no rules have been broken and hold inquiries about any incidents. In the event that rules are violated, the stewards may also be able to impose fines or suspending the race.

How are racehorses bred and selected for racing?

Racehorses are usually bred with the specific intention of excelling on the racetrack. Breeders look for sires or dams that have proven racing pedigrees. They want to breed offspring with the best qualities of speed, endurance and temperament. Thoroughbreds have a long history of racing in England, and the bloodlines are meticulously recorded. Prior to racing, racehorses undergo a thorough selection process, which includes pedigree evaluation, conformation assessment and performance during training.

How does handicapping work in UK horseracing?

In UK race horse racing, handicapping is used to give all horses an equal chance of success. Essentially, horses are assigned different weights to carry during the race based on their past performances. Weights are heavier for better horses to equalize the playing field with horses who have had poorer performances in the past. In the UK, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is responsible for handicapping. Their team of handicappers updates ratings regularly after races.

What is the significance behind the jockey’s sashes?

The jockeys’ silks are colorful, patterned clothing worn by the jockeys during races. Each set of silks is unique and registered with the horse’s owners, making it easy for spectators and officials alike to identify horses during a race. The silks’ design can have sentimental meaning or be part of a family tradition. It may include different colors, patterns, or emblems.

How do I learn how to read a racing card?

A racecard contains important information that is vital to understanding a particular race or the horses participating in it. A racecard contains information about the horse such as its name, age, weight and trainer. It may also include the jockey’s silk color. This data will help you better understand the odds of each horse and make informed decisions when betting. As part of their customer services, many betting services and racecourses provide guides on reading racecards.

What does it mean to have a ‘photofinish finish’?

A ‘photo finish’ occurs when two or more horses cross the finish line so closely together that it is impossible to determine the winner with the naked eye. In these cases, race officials use finish-line cameras that take images at high speed to determine the exact moment each horse’s nose crosses the line. The photo finish helps officials determine the official finish order accurately.


  • The Grand National at Aintree boasts a prize fund of around £1 million, making it the most valuable jump race in Europe.
  • The Royal Ascot, held annually in June, draws crowds of 300,000 over its five-day meeting.
  • Horse racing contributes an estimated £3.7 billion to the UK economy directly and indirectly each year.
  • British horse racing generates over £350 million in annual tax revenues for the UK government.
  • In the UK, more than 14,000 people are employed directly in the horse racing industry.
  • The annual Cheltenham Festival has an economic impact of over £100 million for the local Gloucestershire economy.

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How To

How to read the racecards for UK Horse Racing

You can improve your horse racing experience by understanding the racecard. It gives details about horse names and numbers, the colors of jockey’s shirts, the draw numbers, weights carried, trainers, and jockeys. The form figures reflect the horse’s performances in recent races. They include numbers and letters that indicate the reasons why horses did or didn’t finish. The weight carried can indicate the handicap weight or the set weight in weight-for-age races. Understanding this information helps you to predict race outcomes, and help select bets. Becoming familiar with racing symbols and terminology will help you to increase your knowledge.