Racing fans had to make do with a virtual version in 2020, but the Grand National is back in 2021 with a whole host of contenders primed to take one of the biggest prizes in horse racing.
2021 Grand National Betting Tips | All 40 Runners Rated!
Rating, 1*= 🏇, 5* =🏇🏇🏇🏇🏇
1. BRISTOL DE MAI 🏇🏇🏇
Love a grey? Bristol’s your boy. This classy 10-year-old is top weight but can spark in the right mood, winning countless times at Haydock and finishing third in the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
2. CHRIS’S DREAM 🏇🏇
Sadly, it could be a pipe dream for one of Henry de Bromhead’s more low-key National entries. Pulled up in the Ryanair Chase last month.
3. YALA ENKI 🏇🏇🏇
Could Bryony Frost become the first female rider to win the National? She’s not without a chance with this gutsy stayer, although he did suffer a rare fall in the Becher Chase here. One for the places.
4. BALLYOPTIC 🏇🏇
Optics don’t look great on current form, but has National-winning expertise behind him in the form of the Twiston-Davies family. Missed out on a career-best win in the 2018 Scottish National by a nose. Time might now have gone.
5. DEFINITLY RED 🏇🏇
Definitly not the worst of the long-shot contenders. Age is against him but he’s been fancied here before as a 10/1 shot four years ago. Former class could show if on song.
6. LAKE VIEW LAD 🏇🏇🏇
Unpredictable type could make a splash under guidance of champion jockey Brian Hughes; but expected quick ground could count against him if he’s in the mix in the final stages.
7. BURROWS SAINT 🏇🏇🏇🏇🏇
Big talent could dig deep to land another Grand National win for Willie Mullins, and the current going looks to be in his favour. Irish National winner looks one of the liveliest threats to Cloth Cap.
8. MAGIC OF LIGHT 🏇🏇🏇🏇
Cast a spell in this race in 2019 when an audacious second behind Tiger Roll as a 66/1 shot. History is against her – no mare has won since 1951.
9. ACAPELLA BOURGEOUIS 🏇🏇🏇
Interesting at his current price given his flawless run at Fairyhouse back in February. Sturdy campaigner finished third in the 2019 Irish National and looks one of the more convincing each-way candidates.
10. TALKISCHEAP 🏇🏇
Looks unlikely to silence his critics on seasonal form and trainer Alan King has never thrived at Aintree’s showpiece event; signature win in the Gold Cup at Sandown two years ago suggests he can’t entirely be written off.
11. TOUT EST PERMIS 🏇
Tout looks unlikely to trouble the frontrunners after 15 outings without a win. Trainer Noel Meade did enjoy long-shot success with Jeff Kidder (80/1) at Cheltenham.
12. ANIBALE FLY 🏇🏇🏇
Could be flying under the radar at current price despite a miserable campaign. 11-year-old tends to save his best work for the biggest stage, notching two top-five finishes in this race and a second and third in previous Cheltenham Gold Cups.
13. MISTER MALARKEY 🏇🏇🏇
Case can be made for this reliable jumper if he can take to the Aintree fences; would be one of the more romantic storylines as trainer Colin Tizzard prepares to step away from the fray after this race.
14. KIMBERLITE CANDY 🏇🏇🏇🏇🏇
Nine-year-old looks to be in the sweet spot to land top honours on Saturday. Showed real class when winning the Classic Chase at Warwick and has Aintree pedigree as a two-time runner-up of the Becher. Erratic temperament could be the one black mark.
15. ANY SECOND NOW 🏇🏇🏇🏇🏇
Formidable runner won’t waste a second as Ted Walsh bids to claim his first National win since Papillon in 2000. Previous Kim Muir winner at Cheltenham should be bang in condition if he gets a clear run.
16. BALKO DES FLOS 🏇🏇
Balko could be better off swerving. Out of sorts since landmark Ryanair Chase win in 2018 and stable leading jockey Rachael Blackmore has opted to look elsewhere for this year’s renewal.
17. ALPHA DES OBEAUX 🏇
Alpha lacks appeal. Showed fleeting signs of old form when a distant fourth in the Cross Country Chase last month but hasn’t enjoyed that winning feeling since November 2018. Jockey Jody McGarvey will have his work cut out on National debut.
18. OK CORRAL 🏇🏇
Unlikely to come out on top in this gunfight. 11-year-old looks unlikely to improve Nicky Henderson’s frustrating National record which has seen nine of his runners fall at the first fence.
19. TAKINGRISKS 🏇🏇🏇
Looks a risk worth taking each-way. Veteran performer could have one big race left in him as he looks to add this race to the Scottish Grand National he won in 2019. Amberleigh House was the last 12-year-old winner of this race back in 2004.
20. SHATTERED LOVE 🏇🏇
Unlikely to get the pulses racing in a test as tough as the Grand National, despite a consistent record over fences. Struggle in big-runner field at the 2019 Irish Grand National is a concern.
21. JETT 🏇🏇
Hopes of a smooth flight in this one look forlorn given underwhelming record of late, although wasn’t phased by the Aintree fences when a distant eighth in the Becher Chase back in December.
22. LORD DU MESNIL 🏇🏇🏇
Looks one for the shortlist after a win in the Grand National Trial at Haydock in February and a fine second in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham in 2020. Would probably appreciate some unexpected rainfall overnight to really thrive this Saturday.
23. POTTERS CORNER 🏇🏇🏇
He’s already got one (virtual) Grand National in the bag. Can he win the real thing? It’s been over 100 years since we’ve had a Welsh-based winner but he looks the country’s brightest hope for a long time. Needs to up his game to land the big one after a middling campaign.
24. CLASS CONTI 🏇🏇🏇
Has something to find to be the class act in this one, but you’d never entirely rule out a Willie Mullins runner, and good ground could help unlock his full potential. January’s third-place finish in the Thyestes Chase could be an encouraging sign.
25. MILAN NATIVE 🏇🏇🏇
Milan could add some glamour at his current price as a former Kim Muir winner. No disgrace when second behind Minella Indo at Wexford this campaign, and has been handy in previous clashes against several of Saturday’s main contenders.
26. DISCORAMA 🏇🏇🏇🏇
Has the fancy footwork needed to land the greatest prize of them all… but can he find something extra on Saturday? Consistent type has placed three times at Cheltenham and looks like one for the places at the very least.
27. VIEUX LION ROUGE 🏇🏇🏇
This old lion will be looking to finally roar after several fine trips in the Grand National, although he’s yet to crack the top five. Wily veteran is more than capable of staying the course, but younger rivals look more appealing.
28. CLOTH CAP 🏇🏇🏇🏇🏇
Hotly fancied, but is his price simply too skinny for a race where anything can happen… and often does? If everything falls into place, the cap fits with this stylish performer, but as we’ve seen in Nationals gone by, your luck has to be in too. Merits his favourite status, however.
29. CABARET QUEEN 🏇
Likely to hit a bum note as the least convincing of Willie Mullin’s entries; although has posted some handy efforts over the Irish Sea to suggest he’s not a complete write-off.
30. MINELLACELEBRATION 🏇🏇
Outsider win would spark celebrations all round for Katy Price and her family and friends as her first yard member competes in the biggest race of them all. Up-and-down form suggests the champagne might remain on ice, although he has been deliberately targeted at this race.
31. CANELO 🏇🏇🏇
Not without a puncher’s chance for Alan King as he looks to notch a first National; wins at Wetherby and Aintree suggest he could go well without necessarily troubling the frontrunners.
32. THE LONG MILE 🏇🏇🏇
Should cope with the plenty of mileage that comes with one of racing ultimate stamina tests and caught the eye when third behind Acepella Bourgeois and Burrows Saint at Fairyhouse earlier in the season. Worth an each-way check.
33. GIVE ME A COPPER 🏇🏇🏇
Seems unlikely to cash in for owner Sir Alex Ferguson despite his good week to date at Aintree after some troubles warming up for this trip. Jekyll and Hyde performer could be the type to bounce back though.
34. FARCLAS 🏇🏇🏇
Stablemate of Tiger Roll could be one to keep an eye on given impressive Cheltenham record; warmed up nicely for this one with a second behind the highly-rated The Shunter and teams up with the in-form Jack Kennedy on Saturday.
35. MINELLA TIMES 🏇🏇🏇
Will have plenty of market support with Rachael Blackmore aiming to book her place in the history books, but current price looks to be linked to jockey booking rather than form book given eight-year-old has never raced this side of the Irish Sea.
36. SUB LIEUTENANT 🏇
Chances of landing this prize sadly look sub-optimal – but Mon Mome made a mockery of the pundits with a 100/1 win back in 2O09. That said, he has some previous here, finishing second in the Topham two years ago.
37. HOGAN’S HEIGHT 🏇🏇🏇
Hogan could be handy if you’re looking for long-shot each-way value after landing the Grand Sefton Chase here in 2019. It would also be one of the day’s better stories, with a 20-strong syndicate cheering on their runner (mostly) remotely.
38. DOUBLE SHUFFLE 🏇🏇
11-year-old will need to be at the double to claim this renewal given he’s registered a solitary win since 2016. Pulled up in only previous National outing in 2017.
39. AMI DESBOIS 🏇
All roads don’t lead to Ami, but it would be a fairy-tale for first-time National trainer Graeme McPherson. No wins since 2017 suggest jockey Kielan Woods will simply be happy to complete the trip.
40. BLAKLION 🏇🏇
Familiar National face just made the cut for this year’s renewal and was sent off as 8-1 favourite in 2017 after his Cheltenham exploits in the RSA Chase. Time looks to have tamed this lion however, with the Skeltons’ 12-year-old winless since 2017.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
How To Pick The Grand National Winner | Our 5 Top Tips
While this event is always something of a lottery due to the size of the field and the notoriously tricky fences, there is at least some science behind how to pick the Grand National winner.
To help narrow down your selections, it’s best to focus on these five factors:
⏳ AGE: experience is often key in the Grand National. 1940 was the last time a horse seven years old or younger triumphed in this ultimate stamina test.
Most winners tend to be between eight and 11.
⚖️ WEIGHT: while the ins and outs of the weighting system can be confusing even for the most sophisticated of punters, the maths are simple when it comes to National winners.
Since 2001, only two winners have set off with a handicap less than 10-05: Bindaree in 2002 (10-04) and Auroras Encore in 2013 (10-03).
Watch those weights come National day!
👌 FORM: just like when betting on any sporting event, studying the form can make all the difference.
For instance, two-time winner Tiger Roll would have been the sentimental choice for many ‘once-a-year’ punters had he made the final cut for this year’s renewal, but his likely starting price would have been based on his previous exploits rather than seasonal form.
Given Tiger’s struggles this campaign, and concerns over his weighting, his connections have wisely swerved a hat-trick bid.
🔢 ODDS: It’s a pretty simple one this. The Grand National odds should give you a steer as to which contenders are most likely to turn up and perform in the big race.
While favourites don’t always prevail, a lot of variables usually needs to fall into place for a long-shot winner to land the National.
Mon Mome is the most famous winner to defy all pre-race logic in the last two decades, winning at an extraordinary 100/1.
Keep an eye on those just bubbling under in the betting.
Six of the last 10 winners were priced up between 14/1 and 33/1 at the off.
🤸♂️ SHARPNESS: preparing a horse for the Grand National is always a delicate balancing act for a racehorse trainer. It’s the ultimate test of stamina, but that doesn’t mean there’s a ‘one size fits all’ training strategy to suit all 40 runners for this most gruelling of challenges.
Some horses naturally run better ‘fresh’; others may need some extensive grunt work to shine over the 4m 3 1/2f distance thrown up by Aintree.
Take a moment to research what the trainers have been saying pre-race about their horses’ chances.
Beyond the ‘spin’, you might pick up some useful kernels of information…
Grand National FAQ
Grand National day will be a little bit different this year at Aintree, with no fans set to be in attendance this year at the famous Liverpool racecourse.
We’ve covered off the key things you need to know ahead of the world’s most famous steeplechase…
When is the 2021 Grand National?
The 2021 Grand National takes place at Aintree at 5:15pm on Saturday 10th April 2021.
Where can I watch the 2021 Grand National on TV?
ITV Racing will provide exclusive coverage of all three days of the Grand National festival across ITV, ITV 4 and the ITV Hub.
Which horse has won the Grand National most times?
That would of course be the legendary Red Rum, who won this most prestigious of races three times – in 1973, 1974 and 1977. What’s perhaps less well known is the fact he also finished second in 1975 and 1976.
No surprise, then, that his final resting place is, fittingly, the winning post at Aintree.
2021 Grand National Betting
Check the latest 2021 Grand National betting with Marathonbet as the world’s most famous steeplechase returns this April.
Who takes Tiger Roll’s crown at Aintree?
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.