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.

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.”

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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.”