The prestigious Welsh Grand National gets under starter's orders at Chepstow this afternoon, Monday 27th December. The race will be held behind closed doors but viewers can expect plenty of drama as the finest long-distance chasers compete for the £85,425 top prize.
The Welsh Grand National starts at 2.50pm GMT on Monday 27th December, the day after Boxing Day. Punters in the UK can watch free of charge on ITV4 and the ITV Hub (opens in new tab) online. Make sure you know how to watch a Coral Welsh Grand National live stream from anywhere with a with a VPN (opens in new tab).
Date: Monday 27th December 2021
Start time: 2.50pm GMT / 9.50am ET / 00.50am AEST (Tues)
Venue: Chepstow racecourse, Wales
FREE UK stream: ITV Hub (opens in new tab)
Watch anywhere: ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)
US stream: Peacock (opens in new tab) ($5/month)
Aus stream: Foxtel (opens in new tab) (AU$50/month)
The Coral Welsh Grand National Handicap Steeple Chase, as it's officially known, was run behind closed doors back in January (it was delayed from 2020). This year, Chepstow was hoping to welcome 7000 spectators, but the Welsh government has decreed that all sport will be played behind closed doors from Boxing Day onwards.
Thirty horses have been entered in the blue ribbon event and, with a prize pot of £150,000 on offer, the Welsh National is sure to set a few pulses racing this Christmas. Secret Reprieve (5-1), who won the last Welsh Grand National, is already favourite to do the double, but 2016 winner Native River (6-1) is drawing plenty of attention.
The Big Dog, trained by Peter Fahey (7-1), is strongly fancied by some, along with Hold That Taught (8-1) and Highland Hunter (8-1), trained by Paul Nicholls. David Pipe has five entrants including outsider Via Doloroso (50-1). Ask Me Early will miss the race.
Ready to see the world's finest nags battle it out over 3.2km at Chepstow? The race starts at 2.50pm GMT today. Here's how to how to get a free Welsh National live stream from anywhere in the world.
2021 Welsh Grand National free live stream
Good news – the 2021 Welsh Grand National is being shown live and free of charge on ITV4. UK viewers with a TV license stream the action free on ITV Hub (opens in new tab).
Outside the UK? You'll need to use a VPN (opens in new tab) to access ITV Hub without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) as it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and 24/7 customer support.
Sky subscribers can watch free too on Sky Sports Racing.
How to watch the 2021 Welsh Grand National from overseas using a VPN
Even if you have subscribed to the relevant 2021 Welsh Grand National rights holders, you won't be able to use them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. It creates a private connection between your device and the internet – and saves you money. What's not to love?
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How to use a VPN
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is the one we recommend.
2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For the horse racing, you may wish to choose 'UK' to access ITV4.
3. Then head over to ITV Hub (opens in new tab) on your browser or device and enjoy the free Welsh Grand National live stream.
If, for whatever reason, you can't get it working, then do remember that you have the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee with ExpressVPN (opens in new tab). You could also try NordVPN (opens in new tab), which also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.
Welsh Grand National live stream in the USA
NBC, NBCSN, and streaming service Peacock TV tend to broadcast the lion's share of horse racing events in the States, so we'd expect them to screen the 2021 Welsh Grand National. Cord-cutters can subscribe to Peacock TV (opens in new tab) from $5 a month (with ads).
Remember: Brits abroad with a TV license can stream the Welsh Grand National for free, from anywhere in the world, using a VPN. We recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.
Welsh Grand National live stream in Australia
Coverage of the Welsh Grand National is not clear for Australia right now. Premium TV provider Foxtel (opens in new tab) and Kayo Sports (through Racing) are the likely options but, at present, none of the regular channels have the racing from Chepstow scheduled and we woudn't bet on anyone airing at all given that it will be in the small hours of 28th December.
Brits abroad with a TV license would do best instead to stream the Welsh Grand National for free, from anywhere in the world, using a VPN. We recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.
2021 Welsh Grand National racecard
Monday 27th December 2021
12:30pm - The Play Coral 'Racing Super Series' For Free Maiden Hurdle Race
1:05pm - The Watch Racing Online Free With Coral Handicap Steeple Chase
1:40pm - The Coral Finale Juvenile Hurdle Race
2:10pm - The Coral "Fail To Finish" Free Bets Handicap Hurdle Race
2:50pm The Coral Welsh Grand National Handicap Steeple Chase
3:25pm - The Coral Supporting Prostate Cancer Novices' Limited Handicap Steeple Chase
3:55pm The Coral Committed To Safer Gambling Novices' Hurdle Race
2021 Welsh Grand National runners and riders
Abaya Du Mathan
El Paso Wood
Hold That Taught
Ramses De Teillee
The Big Dog
The Galloping Bear
The Mighty Don