Grand National 2021 Favourites – 4 Horses to Watch

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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?

Tiger Roll Grand National 2018

Jockey Davy Russell jumps the last fence on Tiger Roll on his way to winning the Grand National horse race on the final day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, northern England on April 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS @SCANPIX

Grand National Favourites Odds

We will update Grand National 2021 odds on the favourites as soon as the antepost betting market is available.

HorseTrainerBest Odds*Bet with Grand National Bookmakers
Tiger RollG. ElliottComing SoonBet withPaddy Power icon
Burrows SaintW. P. MullinsComing SoonBet with
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Any Second NowT. M. WalshComing SoonBet with
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Definitly RedBrian EllisonComing SoonBet with
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Kimberlite CandyR. WalfordComing SoonBet with
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Walk In The MillR. WalfordComing SoonBet with
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Magic Of LightJ. HarringtonComing SoonBet with
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Potters CornerC. WilliamsComing SoonBet with
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Anibale FlyT. MartinComing SoonBet with
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* All odds subject to change. Odds last updated 17/3/2020.

Grand National Who to Bet On?

As the 2020 Grand National was cancelled, the betting community is understandably devastated. Everyone is wondering who to bet on for the next Grand National. 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.

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.

One For Arthur is also one of the best horses to bet on Grand National. Having won in 2017, this 11-year-old gelding finished sixth in 2019 and his trainer, Nigel Twiston-Davies, hopes he can reclaim the throne.

Pleasant Company, achieved the greatest success in 2018 when he came second, but managed to unseat his rider in 2019. He is in superb form this season so you should take him in consideration if you are wondering who to bet on for the Grand National.

Anibale Fly, a 9-year old gelding, finished fourth in the 2017 Grand National and fifth in 2019. Will he reach his prime next year and place higher? We are about to find out.

Grand National Predictions

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.

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. Plus, stamina is a key factor for long-distance wins.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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The horse’s stamina – How fit is it? 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.

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.

Tiger Roll Grand National

  • Age: 10
  • 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 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 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!

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One For Arthur

  • Age: 11
  • Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies (1 Grand National win, 2017)
  • Previous Grand National Form: Winner (2017) 6th (2019)

The hero of the 2017 Aintree Grand National. Didn’t have the chance to defend his title in 2018 as was ruled out for much of the season due to injury. He is firmly one of the Grand National Favourites and will be looking to become the first horse since Red Rum (1977) to regain his title but we know he handles the track and the fences. He returned in the 2019 Grand National with a fine sixth too. He won with 10st 11lbs in weight in 2017 but being a past winner there’s every chance he’ll have to lump more weight around in 2020. He had 11st to carry in 2019.

Pleasant Company

  • Age: 12
  • Trainer: Willie Mullins (1 Grand National Win, 2005)
  • Previous Grand National Form: 9th (2017), 2nd (2018) UR (2019)

Went very close in the 2018 Grand National after running a head second to Tiger Roll. Will be a 13-year-old in 2021 but we’ve rarely seen horses that age win the race, but he’s still one of the Grand National Favourites that might still have a bit of time to play with. Was also 9th in the 2017 running so we know he’s got the ability to handle the fences and the track. Unseated his rider in the 2019 Grand National, but was in the process of running well again (4th at the time) and even though he wouldn’t have won, he might have been placed again. He has been a regular National runner in recent years and if running again will be looking to give his trainer his second win in the race.

Anibale Fly

  • Age: 10
  • Trainer: Tony Martin (no wins)
  • Previous Grand National Form: 4th 2017, 5th 2019 (top weight)

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 the top-weight when finishing in 5th in the Grand National 2019 so adds a bit of class to the race. He was also fourth in the 2018 renewal of the Grand National. 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 was just over 16 lengths off the winner in 2019 but with another year on his back and with proven experience of the fences would certainly be a strong contender. 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. This Grand National Favourite will be looking to give shrewd Irish trainer – Tony Martin – his first success in the Grand National.

Take a punt on the world’s most famous race and bet on the 2021 Grand National! For a few extra tips and best odds, have a look at our Grand National Ante post betting tips.

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