2021 Grand National Review & Results
For the horse racing world, it was a ‘where were you moment’ when it came to the 2021 Grand National. Racing fans all witnessed a moment of history when jockey Rachael Blackmore steered home Minella Times to win the 2021 Grand National and become the first winning lady rider of the big race.
Grand National 2021 Betting Results
If was a fantastic 2021 Grand National result for the story writers as many people always say the winner of the Grand National has some sort of sub-plot story behind it’s win – this one was arguable the biggest yet!
This year – in 2021 – that story was one that will now always be in the Grand National history books as female jockey of the moment – Rachael Blackmore – became the first lady rider to win the world’s greatest steeplechase.
Previously, the best finishing position for a lady rider in the Grand National was Katie Walsh, who finished third on Seabass in 2012.
Blackmore (31), had previously hit the headlines the month before by becoming the first female jockey to be crowned the ‘top jockey’ at the Cheltenham Festival, but her season of breaking records and ‘firsts’ hit new heights at Aintree on Saturday 10th April 2021.
Her ride in the race – Minella Times – returned at Grand National betting odds of 11/1 and even though this 8 year-old was one of the more-fancied runners in the race, it saved the bookmakers from a bigger payout with the favourite – Cloth Cap – not completing the 2021 Grand National (pulled up).
Minella Times became the fourth 8 year-old to win the Grand National since 2015, while running in the famous ‘green and gold’ silks for popular owner – JP McManus – the horse was providing JP with his second win in the race. His previous win came in 2010 with Don’t Push It.
Not only was the win for Minella Times in the 2021 Grand National the first for a lady rider and Rachael Blackmore, it was also a first win in the race for Irish trainer – Henry De Bromhead. In fact, De Bromhead had a 1-2 in the race as his 100/1 shot Balko Des Flos took the silver medal.
Grand National 2021 Results
The 2021 Grand National saw 15 of the 40 runners complete the race, but the event was marred by the fatal injury to the 7 year-old The Long Mile, who – along with the winner and third, was also owned by JP McManus.
In the build-up to the 2021 Grand National most of the talk surrounded the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Cloth Cap, who had impressed in preparation wins at Newbury and Kelso. However, despite running prominently for a long way, this 9 year-old faded after stumbling four fences out and was eventually pulled up. However, he’s got time on his side, so we could see him back for more, but you feel he’ll not have the luxury of running with just 10st 5lbs on his back in future renewals if he does.
Other fancied runners in the betting – Mister Malarky (12/1) – was never really in the race and eventually pulled up just before the 17th fence, but with two other leading chances – Burrows Saint (4th) and Any Second Now (3rd) being placed in the 2021 Grand National, then despite the favourite flopping, the bookmakers would have still had a lot of each-way payouts to make.
Back to the winner – Minella Times – and this 8 year-old raced in midfield for much of the race, until making headway in the race from the 19th fence. He was quickly disputing second at the 26th fence and took a narrow lead turning for home. He jumped the last with a 2-length lead and with his light weight stayed on well past the elbow and the home straight to eventually win by 6 ½ lengths.
Balko Des Flos ran a cracker back in second, with Any Second Now a further 1 ¾ lengths back in third and the former Irish Grand National winner – Burrows Saint – 19 lengths adrift in fourth.
Full 2021 Grand National Finishing Order
- 1st Minella Times 11-1
- 2nd Balko Des Flos 100-1
- 3rd Any Second Now 15-2
- 4th Burrows Saint 9-1
- 5th Farclas 16-1
- 6th Blaklion 50-1
- 7th Discorama 16-1
- 8th Jett 80-1
- 9th Cabaret Queen 80-1
- 10th Shattered Love 33-1
- 11th Alpha Des Obeaux 80-1
- 12th Hogan’s Height 100-1
- 13th Acapella Bourgeois 20-1
- 14th Sub Lieutenant 50-1
- 15th Class Conti 66-1
Fallers and Non-Finishers
- PU Bristol De Mai 25-1 (before 22nd fence)
- UR Chris’s Dream 40-1 (unseated 4 out)
- UR Yala Enki 40-1 (unseated 20th)
- R Ballyoptic 66-1 (refused 21st fence)
- PU Definitly Red 28-1 (pulled up before 2 out)
- F Lake View Lad 50-1 (fell 1st fence)
- UR Magic Of Light 14-1 (unseated 4th fence)
- PU Talkischeap 33-1 (pulled up after 25th fence)
- PU Tout Est Permis 100-1 (pulled up before 2 out)
- PU Anibale Fly 28-1 (pulled up before 13th fence)
- PU Mister Malarky 12-1 (pulled up before 17th fence)
- PU Kimberlite Candy 20-1 (pulled up before 4 out)
- PU Ok Corral 80-1 (pulled up before 21st fence)
- PU Taking Risks 14-1 (pulled up before 17th fence)
- PU Lord Du Mesnil 50-1 (pulled up after 20th fence)
- PU Potters Corner 22-1 (pulled up before 22nd fence)
- PU Milan Native 50-1 (pulled up before 2 out)
- F Vieux Lion Rouge 66-1 (fell 20th fence)
- PU Cloth Cap 11-2f (pulled up before 3 out)
- UR Minellacelebration 80-1 (unseated 11th fence)
- F Canelo 66-1 (fell 15th fence, Chair)
- PU The Long Mile 50-1 (pulled up after 22nd fence)
- PU Give Me A Copper 33-1 (pulled up before 2 out)
- F Double Shuffle 66-1 (fell 12th fence)
- F Ami Desbois 100-1 (fell 15th fence, Chair)