Racing fans will be able to feel closer to the action at this year’s Grand National (Saturday 10 April) as it is the first UK horse race to be shown on television in high definition (HD).

As well as broadcasting in HD two new high-speed cameras will be used at the course’s two most famous, and imposing fences — The Chair and Becher’s Brook — capturing the race for high speed replays.

There will be comprehensive live coverage from all three days of the Aintree festival across BBC One and BBC Two, Radio 5 live, BBC Sport online and red button, with the entire meeting shown in HD.

Clare Balding and Rishi Persad will be fronting the BBC’s television coverage and will be joined by former Grand National winning jockeys Mick Fitzgerald and Richard Dunwoody who will provide top class analysis from the paddock.