Channel 4 rolls out big guns for Ayr

RACING’S leading television pundits and presenters are heading to Ayr for the Coral Scottish Grand National on Saturday, 21 April with Channel 4 giving Scotland’s richest meeting star billing.

Alastair Down, Alice Plunkett, Nick Luck, Simon Holt and Tom Lee will be at Ayr to present both The Morning Line and Channel 4 Racing, which features three races including the Coral Scottish Grand National. Channel 4 has broadcast horse racing for 28 years and earlier this month secured the entire UK horseracing terrestrial rights for 2013-2016.

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Commenting on the increased Ayr coverage, Jamie Aitchison, Channel 4’s sports editor said: “The Coral Scottish Grand National is steeped in history with heaps of editorial stories and we very much look forward to delivering this big event to our viewers.”

Ayr Racecourse chairman Alan Macdonald said: “We are particularly happy that Nick Luck will be presenting The Morning Line live from here. It all adds to the status of this great race.”