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Grand National 2016: five things to look out for

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The tape will go up for the Grand National on Saturday at 5.15pm, the latest it has ever started, in the hope of an even bigger TV audience than the 8m or so of recent years, and allowing sports fans to follow the race on their way home from Saturday afternoon matches.

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They look like so many asparagus fronds. There are eight long rows of them, stuck into holes in the top of a green box, suggesting garden centre rather than racecourse, but they form the new core of what is supposedly one of the most challenging obstacles in sport, a Grand National fence.

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Grand National 2016: five things to look out for

The tape will go up for the Grand National on Saturday at 5.15pm, the latest it has ever started, in the hope of an even bigger TV audience than the 8m or so of recent years, and allowing sports fans to follow the race on their way home from Saturday afternoon matches.