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How can I watch the race? What TV channel is it on? 

The Festival usually welcomes more than 150,000 racing fans. Live television coverage is on ITV and Racing TV. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and return later today to follow the race with our dedicated live blog. 

What is the weather forecast?

Officials at Aintree took the decision to water the course overnight following a dry day in Liverpool. The Grand National course is currently described as good to soft, good in places while the Mildmay course is good, good to soft in places.

Clerk of the course Sulekha Varma has applied five millimetres to the National course, with slightly less watering on the Mildmay track.

Varma said: “I am describing the Mildmay and Hurdles courses as good, good to soft in places, and the Grand National as good to soft, good in places ahead of Randox Grand National Day.

“We are watering both courses, putting 3mm on the Mildmay & Hurdle courses and 5mm on the Grand National course.

“By starting out wide, we are providing fresh ground every day, so the rails will be moved in three or four yards again so that on Saturday they are at their innermost position.”

The weather looks set fair for today (Saturday), with Varma adding: “It’s going to be sunny, with just the slight chance of an isolated shower.”

Are Grand National tickets still available?

Tickets for the grandstand at Aintree on Saturday sold out in double-quick time this year, with fans allowed back at the racecourse for the first time since 2019. But there are some tickets available for Grand National day in the ‘Festival Zone’ for £95 on the racecourse’s official website.

Which horses are running in the 2022 Grand National?

The 40-runner line-up has been officially confirmed. You can see the full list of entries for the race here.

What is the latest Grand National news?

A late raft of non-runners on Friday lunchtime saw three reserves sneak into the final field for today’s Grand National.

Commodore, School Boy Hours and Romain De Senam moved into the 40-strong line up as Phoenix Way, Easysland and Lord Du Mesnil stepped aside.

Trained by Venetia Williams, who won the Aintree spectacular with 100-1 shot Mon Mome back in 2009, Commodore was poised to take advantage of any late absentees as first reserve for the big race.

Not seen since winning at Cheltenham back in December, the 10 year-old will now get his chance in the extended four-and-a-quarter-mile contest as the Harry Fry-trained Phoenix Way was ruled out due to a temperature.

Commodore, who will be partnered by Charlie Deutsch, will race as No 33, directly filling the slot left by Phoenix Way.

The Noel Meade-trained and Sean Flanagan-ridden School Boy Hours won the Paddy Power Chase on his penultimate start and he will be No 3, the number vacated by Easysland, who is the victim of an unsatisfactory scope.

Romain De Senam was due to run in Friday’s Topham Chase over the National fences but with Lord Du Mesnil taken out on account of the ground, he now races in the main event as No 17 for trainer David Pipe – winner of the race in 2008 with Comply Or Die.

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