Grand National Favourites – Odds & Horses to Watch in 2021
After the shock of the 2020 Grand National being cancelled, we take a look at four of the 2021 Grand National favourites that should figure high up the betting market. As we build-up to the 2021 Aintree Grand National, the betting is starting to heat-up. At this stage, which are the main horses to look out for?
Grand National Favourites Odds
Cloth Cap is the new favourite for Grand National 2021 according to ante post odds. However, Tiger Roll is the people’s favourite for the 2021 Grand National. He could be the first horse to win the race three years in succession. Other runners have good chance to win too, here you can find the list of the top favourites. We will keep the page regularly updated with the latest Grand National 2021 odds on the favourites in the ante post betting market.
|Horse||Trainer||Best Odds*||Bet with Grand National Bookmakers|
|Cloth Cap||J. O’Neill||14/1||Bet with|
|Kimberlite Candy||T. Lacey||20/1||Bet with|
|Any Second Now||T. Walsh||20/1||Bet with|
|Burrows Saint||W. P Mullins||20/1||Bet with|
|Secret Reprieve||Evan Williams||20/1||Bet with|
|Presenting Percy||G. Elliott||25/1||Bet with|
|Magic Of Light||J. Harrington||25/1||Bet with|
|Tiger Roll||G. Elliott||25/1||Bet with|
* All odds subject to change. Odds last updated 22/02/2021.
2021 Favourites Runners and Odds
Tiger Roll Grand National
- Age: 11
- Trainer: Gordon Elliott (Grand National wins, 2007 & 2018, 2019)
- Previous Grand National Form: Winner in 2018 & 2019
The winner of the 2018 & 2019 Grand Nationals is the first ‘back-to-back’ winner since Red Rum (1973 & 74).
Won with 11st 5lbs in weight in 2019, but the handicapper is expected to lump more on this time. Does have age on his side though – since 2013 there has been three 11 year-old winners – but after a few tough seasons, it remains to be seen just how winning the last two Grand National has taken out of the horse.
A leading horse in the Grand National Favourites betting market, he is, of course, proven over these tricky fences but will have to defy the history books again. He’ll also be looking to give owners – Gigginstown House Stud – their fourth win in the Grand National since 2016 and become the first horse to win the race three times in a row!See Tiger Roll Grand National Odds here
- Age: 9
- Trainer: Jonjo O’Neill
- Previous Grand National Form: Not run in a Grand National before
Winner of the 2020 Ladbrokes Trophy Chase and a fast-improving chaser. He won that Newbury race off a mark of 136 and has now shot up to a rating of 148, so more needed. However, this 9 year-old has still only been given 10st 5lbs in weight to carry and is another owned by Mr Trevor Hemmings, who loves to target this race. He’s also trained by Jonjo O’Neill, who won this race in 2020 with Don’t Push It. He’s a horse that would be best on good ground too, so connections will be hoping for a dry time of it in the lead-up to the race.
- Age: 9
- Trainer: Tom Lacey
- Previous Grand National Form: Never run in a Grand National
Would be first run in the Grand National, but has run well over these fences in the past, having been runner-up in the last two runnings of the Becher Chase. Landed the 2020 Classic Chase at Warwick over 3m5f, so there is every chance this longer trip will suit. Another for leading owner JP McManus to have in his Grand National team and certainly looks one of his better chances ahead of the 2021 race. The handicapper has given him 10st 9lbs to carry in weight and at the age of 9 looks to have a lot in his favour.
- Age: 8
- Trainer: Willie Mullins (1 Grand National win, 2005
Previous Grand National Form: Never run in the race
This bay gelding is trained by legendary Willie Mullins, who’s been looking for another Grand National win since 2005. Owned by the popular owner – Rich Ricci, he’s already won a National – the Irish version – in 2019, and will only be 8 years-old come the time of the 2021 Aintree Grand National.
He’s yet to race at Aintree or over these Grand National fences, but is a solid jumper, while he looks a fast-improving staying chaser that is sure to be popular in the Grand National betting.
- Age: 10
- Trainer: Christian Williams (no wins)
- Previous Grand National Form: Never run in the race
This popular stayer has made a name for himself over the last few seasons and has already won two Nationals – in 2019 he won the Midlands National and the Welsh National. He’s got plenty of stamina, so the trip is not an issue while despite never running over the National-style fences he’s performed well over the tricky Cross Country course at Cheltenham, which is a good sign.
- Age: 11
- Trainer: Tony Martin (no wins)
- Previous Grand National Form: 4th 2017, 5th 2019 (top weight)
This Grand National Favourite will be looking to give shrewd Irish trainer – Tony Martin – his first success in the Grand National. Popular owner JP McManus won the Grand National for the only time in 2010 with a horse called Don’t Push It, but looks to have a leading chance in 2021 with this 10-year-old.
He was top-rated and carried 11st 10lbs in weight in 2019 so we’ll have to see how the handicapper assesses him in 2021. He also ran a top second in the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup, so a similar route looks on the cards for the 2020-2021 season ahead.
Grand National Who to Bet On?
As the event is likely to run in 2021, everyone isalready wondering who to bet on. Who are the Grand National favourites? We did our research and there are four horses at the top of our list when it comes to who to bet on Grand National.
Tiger Roll: The first back-to-back winner since the 1970s, who managed to win in 2018 and 2019, and assumes the position of the greatest favourite for the 2021 Grand National, is Tiger Roll. Gordon Elliott has indicated that Tiger Roll will again be trained at 11 years old for the 2021 Grand National. Can this Irish gelding make history and become the first horse to win the race in three consecutive runnings? His trainer, a triple Grand National winner himself, is certainly optimistic, which is why Tiger Roll is the ultimate favourite when it comes to who to bet for Grand National.
However, Tiger Roll did return to action at Cheltenham in November to run in their Cross Country race and after running well below-par was eventually pulled-up. That run got many horse racing fans thinking if Tiger Roll’s best days are now behind him and that he might not be risked in another National – we’ll have to wait and see!
With 40 runners due to line up in 2021, we gathered a handful selection of other favourites well worth noting.
- Cloth Cap – rose to the top of the ante post market after the Grand National weights were announced on Feb 16, 2021. Could give Jonjo O’Neill his second win at the national. Cloth Cap was given a light 10st 5lb and at only 9 years old, should be a strong contender.
- Kimberlite Candy – This horse knows the track well having been second in the last two Becher Chase events at Aintree. This will be the 9 year old’s first run at the Grand National. Given favourable conditions, he has age and weight on his side.
- Burrows Saint – Trained by Willie Mullins, who won the Grand National with Hedgehunter in 2005 and this improving stayer could be a big player in the 2021 Grand National if running. He’s already won a National – the Irish National in 2019, and is still young enough to improve further – should he run in the 2021 Aintree Grand National he’ll be aged 8.
- Potters Corner – Another of the main stayers in training at the moment. Trained by the Welsh-based Christian Williams yard and this is another horse that’s already got National pedigree – having won the 2019 Midlands National and also the 2019 Welsh National. He returned better than ever in November to run a decent third in the Cross Country race at Cheltenham’s November Meeting and showed there he can handle tricky fences – something the Aintree Grand National is famous for.
- Anibale Fly, an 11-year old gelding, finished fourth in the 2017 Grand National and fifth in 2019. Will he reach his prime next year and place higher? His proven track record in the Grand National is a big asset and hopefully, if he runs again in the 2021 Grand National, he will have a bit less weight allocated to him.
Grand National Predictions
Many predictions still have Tiger Roll as the winner for the 2021 Grand National, but other horses like Cloth Cap and Burrows Saint are among the favourites. Grand National predictions are what discerning punters try to find to make informed betting decisions. Whether you see content put together from Grand National experts or teams of long-term horse racing tipsters, it is crucial that you find trusted sources. Sometimes, it is better not to always go for the favourites.
What percentage of Favourites place in horse races? On average favourites win about 35% of horse races. But, that win percentage can fluctuate based on the distance, surface, class, etc.
These experts make Grand National predictions based on several factors:
- The horse’s age – Younger horses tend to have more speed than stamina while older ones go vice versa. However, the latter usually come with a better record in the race due to their experience in making difficult jumps. On the other hand, a horse needs to be in its prime to stand a chance in the Grand National. This usually happens between 8 and 11 years of age. Those that make Grand National predictions go back to the history of the Festival and see how age affects performance. 24 of the last 29 Grand National winners were aged 9 or older, while the last 7-year-old to win the Grand National was in 1940.
- The horse’s weight – This is perhaps the most essential statistical factor Grand National tipsters take into consideration. When they analyse how horses have done in the toughest and longest handicap chase, the Grand National over the years, the weight a horse carries is believed to play a vital role. 22 of the last 29 Grand National winners carried 10st 13lbs or less.
- The horse’s ability to perform in high-class races – Runners that have shown their competitiveness in at least a decent class race are not to be missed, while having previous experience over the Grand National fences is another plus.
- The horse’s stamina – How fit is it? Bear in mind that stamina is a key factor for long-distance wins.Given that the Grand National comes shortly after another demanding race, the Cheltenham Festival, horses need to be in tip-top form to recover from the tough run and enter the Grand National with a winner’s attitude. 27 of the last 29 Grand National winners had a chase race over at least 3m.
Note that no Grand National predictions are 100% foolproof, so bet at your own risk. Nevertheless, getting information from reliable sources can indeed boost your winning potential.
However, key Grand National trends are always worth looking back on too – look for key trends to find the best profile of past Grand National winners. Afterall, if a certain horse (age, weight, form) has performed well in the race many times in the past then there is a big chance a horse with a similar profile will also do well.