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banner Friday, 30 March, 2001, 11:25 GMT 12:25 UK
BBC's Aintree team
Peter Bromley will be commentating on his last National
Peter Bromley will be commentating on his last National
BBC Sport's coverage of the 2001 Martell Grand National is set to be an odds-on favourite with viewers, listeners and internet users on Saturday, April 7.

BBC Television's winning combination of Sue Barker and Clare Balding returns to Aintree to present all the action and excitement as the running of the legendary race forms the climax to three days of top quality horse racing action.

On the big day itself, BBC One's Grandstand, hosted by Sue and Clare, will follow the highs and lows of the afternoon.

Jim McGrath leads the commentary team of John Hanmer and Tony O'Hehir, with expert opinion and analysis from Richard Pitman and Peter Scudamore.

Clare Balding will host Grandstand with Sue Barker
Clare Balding will host Grandstand with Sue Barker

Angus Loughran, the BBC's betting expert, provides viewers with valuable pointers to the afternoon's racing.

BBC Radio Five Live will feature live coverage of 12 races over the course of the meeting.

And Sheila Fogarty will also be at Aintree on Friday with previews, news, interviews and features.

Live coverage of the afternoon's action will be featured in Sport On Five, live from Aintree's hallowed turf as Mark Pougatch makes his Grand National presenting debut and Peter Bromley his final National commentary.

Memorable commentaries

Peter commentated on his first Derby for the BBC in 1961 and has commentated on nearly 2000 Classic races.

After leaving the army, he began his career in racing as an assistant to trainer Frank Pullen and occasional amateur jockey - although this was curtailed by injury.

Peter Bromley, the BBC's first racing correspondent
Peter Bromley was the BBC's first racing correspondent
He turned to racecourse commentary and worked as a freelance for both independent television and the BBC.

His first BBC Radio commentary was at Newmarket in 1959 and he soon became the BBC's Racing Correspondent - the first sports correspondent ever appointed by the BBC.

Among Peter's most memorable commentaries are Shergar's runaway victory in the 1981 Derby, Red Rum's third win in the 1977 Grand National and the emotional victory of Aldaniti and Bob Champion four years later, which reduced Peter and most of his listeners to tears.

Joining Peter will be Lee McKenzie, Cornelius Lysaght and Dave Smith.

  • Four races will be live every day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday on BBC TV, Five Live and Sport Online.

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