Many Clouds has proven to be quite literally, the best in his field.
The Terraces were packed and millions tuned in to see the televised 2015 annual Grand National at Aintree where Jockey Leighton Aspell made Grand National history.
Along with a staggering 150,000+ spectators turning up for the event weekend, this year’s Crabbie’s Grand National took 60.3 percent share of the television audience over the weekend with a peak Channel 4 audience at 8.8 million, beating last year’s 8.5 million with 56.3 percent share.
Commissioning Editor Stephen Lyle has said: “Under blue skies and in front of high definition cameras, the Grand National has never looked better than it did this weekend”.
Broadcast RF once again has had the pleasure in providing RF technology and overseeing the smooth operation of the equipment over the duration of the event.
The wireless cameras provided consisted of 2 steadicams, 4 roving reporter cameras, 1 fashion camera, 1 betting camera, 2 tracking vehicles (equipped with gyro stabilised cameras), 1 ‘camcat’ wirecam, 1 starts jib, 1 roving super slow motion camera and 1 helicopter camera.
In addition, 2 radio camera systems were supplied for coverage of Channel 4’s ‘Weekend Brunch – From The Grand National’, a one-off ‘Sunday Brunch’ special.
This year’s win for Leighton Aspell, riding Many Clouds, marks his second consecutive win at the Grand National, a feat not seen for more than 40 years, since 1974’s Brian Fletcher with his second win aboard Red Rum. Incidentally, Many Clouds and Red Rum were both heavier than their competitors.
The victory for Aspell was the climax of a remarkable comeback having won the world’s most famous steeplechase just 12 months ago aboard Pineau De Re, 7 years after announcing his retirement from the sport.
This was Tony McCoy’s final race before retiring from the sport and despite a very good run, this year’s bookies’ favourite saw McCoy riding Shutthefrontdoor finish in a respectful fifth place.
The Head of Events for Channel 4, Ed Havard, sent forward his appreciation of the exceptional work and dedication to all involved in making the Grand National 2015 broadcasting the absolute success that it was. “A huge thank you and congratulations for absolutely sensational broadcasting today. Twitter was suggesting the coverage deserved a Bafta within the first 10 mins! Right through the day the drama and excitement of the event was brilliantly captured. In short it was a triumph and effortlessly delivered. Huge thanks from everyone at 4 for such exceptional work. Please pass on to all involved.