Bryony Frost to join ITV Racing team for Grand National Festival
ITV Racing are delighted that jockey Bryony Frost, currently sidelined with a broken collarbone, will join their team on the Friday and Saturday of the Randox Health Grand National Festival 2019.
“It will be awesome to be joining the ITV Racing show over the two days at Aintree, even though being stood on the floor will be something I will struggle to handle! To join ITV and ‘speak and show’ through my eyes one of the greatest races in the world will be epic!”
Ed Chamberlin and Francesca Cumani (recently jointly awarded Broadcast Sports Presenter of the Year at the SJA Awards), host exclusive free to air coverage of the GrandNational Festival live from Aintree.
Joining Ed and Francesca for expert analysis are SirAP McCoy, Luke Harvey and Mick Fitzgerald, with reporting from Oli Bell, Alice Plunkett, Rishi Persad and Brian Gleeson.
Matt Chapman will oversee the Social Stable and Richard Hoiles will be the lead commentator.
Additionally, jockey Bryony Frost, currently injured with a broken collarbone, joins the team on Friday and Saturday, Mark Heyes and Charlotte Hawkins cast their eye over the spectacular Aintree fashions on Friday, and Chris Hughes is back to join Matt Chapman in the social stable for all three days.
Brough Scott also returns for Grand National day to bring his unique perspective to the festival and Lucy Verasamy will provide the weather forecast.
Across the week, the Bafta-winning production and technical team will use state-of-the-art equipment and show almost 14 hours of coverage.
There will be features on some of the main Grand National contenders and the team will have every aspect of the action covered, going behind-the-scenes at the course and interviewing all the key figures.
The pundits will bring an expert insight into the incredible challenge the course presents and there will be an enlightening feature on the welfare of the horses taking part at Aintree.
Alongside ITV’s coverage, The Opening Show, presented by Oli Bell, will air on ITV4 every morning throughout the festival to preview each day’s action.
The show on Saturday will be an extended programme, 90 mins in duration. ITV Racing’s Social Stable, a social media hub based at the track, will be linked to all the channels Twitter, Facebook and Instagram profiles ensuring viewers can get involved in the action.
Every day there will also be a free-to-enter ITV7 competition.
Thu 4 -Sat 6 - Grand National Festival
THURSDAY 4TH APRIL 14:20 The Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle Race (Grade 1) 14:50 The Betway Bowl Steeple Chase (Grade 1) 15:25 The Betway Aintree Hurdle Race (Grade 1) 16:05 The Randox Health Foxhunters' Open Hunters' Steeple Chase 16:40 The Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase (Grade 3)
FRIDAY 5TH APRIL 14:20 The Betway Top Novices' Hurdle Race (Grade 1) 14:50 The Betway Mildmay Novices' Steeple Chase (Grade 1) 15:25 The Jlt Steeple Chase (Registered As The Melling Steeple Chase) (Grade 1) 16:05 The Randox Health Topham Handicap Steeple Chase (Grade 3) 16:40 The Doom Bar Sefton Novices' Hurdle Race (Grade 1)
SATURDAY 6TH APRIL 14:25 The Betway Mersey Novices' Hurdle Race (Grade 1) 15:00 The Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Steeple Chase (Grade 1) 15:40 The Ryanair Stayers Hurdle Race (Registered As The Liverpool Hurdle Race) (Grade 1) 16:20 The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase (Grade 3) 17:15 The Randox Health Grand National Handicap Steeple Chase (Grade 3)