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A record number of viewers tuned into the ITV coverage of the Coral Scottish Grand National on Saturday with more than 1.2 million watching the closing stages of the race.
The ITV Racing average viewing figure for Saturday was up 10% from 609,000 in 2018 to 673,000 this year while the three minute peak was up 17% from 1.01 million to 1.18 million.
The 1.213 million recorded towards the end of the show is believed to be the biggest figure on a Saturday excluding the Grand National, Derby and Saturday of Royal Ascot.
ITV Racing’s Ed Chamberlin, who presented the action from Ayr, said : “It was great to bring viewers both great jumps and flat racing on Saturday. I love going up to Ayr, we had a brilliant day and I couldn’t be happier that, following on from such great stories and viewing figures at Cheltenham and Aintree, so many people watched the Coral Scottish Grand National, one of the big races in our jumps calendar.”
David Brown, Managing Director of Ayr Racecourse said : “These figures just underline the huge appeal of the Coral Scottish Grand National and the supporting card.
“When you consider that the race is also the fourth biggest in the UK in terms of betting turnover it shows the wide appeal of this great race.”
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The last Saturday fixture of 2019 at Ayr and one that always attracts a good crowd set on enjoying seven competitive races.