THE GRAND NA­TIONAL

ITV pre­sen­ter ED CHAM­BER­LIN looks for­ward to Saturday’s race

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LIVE HORSE RAC­ING Saturday, ITV HD, race starts 5.15pm

FORTY HORSES AND jock­eys will line up at Ain­tree race­course on Saturday for the 171st an­nual run­ning of the world’s great­est steeple­chase.

We asked ITV pre­sen­ter Ed Cham­ber­lin for his Ain­tree mem­o­ries…

MY FIRST GRAND NA­TIONAL

MEM­ORY WAS… back­ing Spar­tan Mis­sile in 1981. I was bliss­fully un­aware of one of the Na­tional’s great sto­ries un­fold­ing in front of me. I must have been the only per­son curs­ing Bob Cham­pion and Al­dan­iti. I FIRST WENT TO AIN­TREE… in the early 1990s and used to watch from the Canal Turn. The chal­lenge was to try and get on Grand­stand wav­ing be­hind Des Ly­nam. How times have changed!

THE GRAND NA­TIONAL IS SO

MAG­I­CAL BE­CAUSE… it’s the peo­ple’s race. It’s the one day when horse rac­ing tran­scends sport. Fam­i­lies gather up and down the land to do sweep­stakes and watch the race.

I’M MOST LOOK­ING

FOR­WARD TO… the big race it­self. Thursday and Friday of the festival are re­laxed and good fun, but Saturday is dif­fer­ent. It’s a mon­ster!

I PRE­DICT THE GRAND NA­TIONAL WIN­NER WILL

BE… Minella Rocco. This lad has stamina in abun­dance plus plenty of class.

MINELLA ROCCO

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