The Grand National is back for 2020 and this year it’s going to be a ‘virtual event’.
If you fancy having a little flutter or you want to watch the biggest horse racing event from the UK, then we’ve got the details you need.
If you’re outside the UK and you’re looking for somewhere to watch the Grand National, then your options are restricted. It’s not shown on many official TV services abroad and if you try to watch on the UK’s ITV service online you’ll find yourself blocked.
The good news is you don’t need to resort to those sketchy illegal websites because there’s an entirely legal app called a VPN that will let you unblock the UK’s ITV service abroad and watch the Grand National where you are.
So that means you’ll be able to watch the Grand National in the USA, Spain, Canada, Australia, France, South Africa or anywhere else in the world.
How to watch the Grand National abroad
To watch the Grand National live abroad outside the UK, you’ll need a VPN app.
A VPN is an online privacy app that lets you stay secure on the internet. One of the features of a VPN is by allowing you to change your location.
That means if you’re in the USA, for example, you can pretend you’re actually in the UK.
The UK’s ITV network is showing the Grand National on their online service ITV Hub. If you’re outside the UK and you try to watch directly, then you’ll be blocked.
By using a VPN app you can pretend you’re in the UK which will let you watch the Grand National live on ITV Hub.
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Where can I get a VPN?
You can get a VPN app from one of hundreds of different companies.
For watching the Grand National on ITV Hub I recommend using ExpressVPN as they’re one of the easiest to use, although there are a few other good options which I’ll explore below.
- ExpressVPN: Very easy to set up and use to watch the Grand National. Offers super fast speeds allowing you to live stream the entire race without buffering wherever you are in the world. Suitable for beginner and offers a 30-day money back guarantee in case you can’t get it working. Plus save 49% off exclusively when you take their 12-month package.
- IPVanish: Works on almost all types of devices allowing you to watch on up to ten devices at the same time. Quick to connect with a 7-day money back guarantee.
- NordVPN: Quick and easy to use apps, great for beginners. Connect in just one click and watch the Grand National. Comes with a huge 30-day money back guarantee.
Once you’ve signed up for one of the VPN services above connect to their UK location and then enjoy watching the Grand National live on ITV Hub.
You can also use the ITV Hub app if you want to watch on a phone, tablet or another device like Android TV or Amazon Fire TV.
When is the Grand National taking place?
This year’s Grand National is on Saturday, April 4th 2020. As usual there will be hours of build up to the actual big race.
The race time itself is around 1 hour later than it would usually be and is expected to start at 5:00 pm.
Click this link to use The Time Zone Converter to work out the exact time the Grand National will be shown in your country.
Where is the Grand National taking place?
The Grand National is a British horse racing event that takes place in the North West of England.
More specifically the race is commonly known as ‘Aintree’ due to its location at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England.
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Grand National Tips & Odds
If you’re after placing a bet on the Grand National than why not. Most of us like to have a flutter if only a few dollars or pounds.
There are tons of bookmakers online from across the world that will accept bets on the National. Don’t forget though; betting should be a bit of fun so don’t overdo it!
This year Tiger Roll will be a favourite after winning the Grand National in 2018. However, with no horse winning the race twice since the early 1970s (that was Red Rum if you’re interested) it’s a longshot for Tiger Roll to win again.
At the time of writing odds on Tiger Roll winning are 12/1.
Elegant Escape and Rathvinden are offering odds of 20/1 at the moment. Rathvinden hasn’t run in the Grand National before, and he’s now 12 years old which may put you off. However, with three horses of that age winning since 2012 it shouldn’t be seen as a negative, and you may just be rewarded with his age experience.
Pleasant Company should also be on your watch list. He almost caught Tiger Roll last year, and with plenty of experience, he could be the horse to take this year’s race.
Summary: Live stream the Grand National
To watch the Grand National live wherever you are in the world, you’ll need to download a VPN.
I recommend using ExpressVPN because they’re simple to use and fast which means you won’t miss a minute of the action.
Sign up for ExpressVPN, download their app and connect to the UK. You can then live stream the entire Grand National from Aintree anywhere in the world.