Grand National Jockeys – Who to Watch

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We take a look at some of the leading 2021 Grand National jockeys that are set to ride some of the well-fancied runners. We’ll also highlight the main jockey performances for the 2020/21 season as we draw ever nearer to the race.

Davy Russell Grand National 2018

Grand National Festival – Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, Britain – April 14, 2018 Davy Russell celebrates with a trophy after winning the 17:15 Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs @SCANPIX

Grand National Who to Bet On?

If you think it’s already time to think about who to bet on Grand National next year, we couldn’t agree more. Here we’ll discuss the jockeys to bet on Grand National.

The next Grand National will be held from April, 10th 2021. If you’re not certain who to bet on the Grand National, hopefully, this will help you decide. We will mention some of the currently most successful jockeys and you might discover the best horse to bet on Grand National.

Having proven experience over the Grand National fences is not only a big plus for horses that have run in the race before, but also the jockeys that have performed well in the Grand National. Therefore, having a jockey on your Grand National fancy that has won the race, or often rides the track well is another big advantage.

Who to bet on for Grand National – The Jockeys

The first one on our “Who to bet on in Grand National” list is the reigning champion, Davy Russell. He has won the Grand National two years in a row (2018 and 2019), and we will have the opportunity to see whether he will become the first-ever jockey to win three times in a row.

Other names that might make your decision on who to bet on in the Grand National easier include:

  • Daryl Jacob – won the Grand National once, he is one of the front-runners and has found his place in our selection of jockeys who to bet for Grand National.
  • Richard Johnson – a jockey that still hasn’t won this title is the last on our list because of his overall performance and experience in the race.
  • Robbie Power – One of the older jockeys riding over jumps and has Grand National-winning form after landing the race in 2007 on Silver Birch

In our opinion, these are the favourites and we think some of them should be on your “who to bet on for the Grand National” list.


  • Grand National Wins: 2, 2018 & 2019

Aged 41, Davy Russell is another of the older statesman in the jumps jockeys weighing room. Based in Ireland, Russell have ridden many big winners over the years – mainly for the powerful Gigginstown Stud House owners.

He was also one of the older jockeys that this race was eluding – until 2018. Russell finally got a Grand National win on his CV after steering home the Gordon Elliott-trained Tiger Roll to victory in the 2018 running. At 38 that year, Russell was the oldest jockey in the race – it was his 14th ride in the Grand National.

After spending ages trying to win the race, Russell added to his Grand National tally straight away as he steered home Tiger Roll in the 2019 Grand National too. Those two quick wins have catapulted Russell as a household name with racing fans over the world and there is every chance he can win the race for a third consecutive year – as far as we can see, no jockey has won the Grand National three times in a row.


  • Grand National Wins: 1, 2012

Rides mainly freelance these days but is retained to ride for top owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede.

Jacob has his moment in the sun, when it comes to the Grand National, after winning the race in 2012 with the popular grey horse Neptune Collonges. Trained-by Paul Nicholls, this 11-year-old, that had previously been placed in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, provides the Nicholls yard with their first (and only to date) win in the Grand National.

The jockey became only the fourth to ride a grey horse to victory – with The Lamb (1868 & 1871) and Nicolaus Silver (1961) the other winning grey horses.

Jacob rode a horse called Ucello Conti in the 2017 Grand National, but unseated him with four fences to go, when still in with a shout. Jacob then finished 18th in the 2018 running of the Grand National on a horse called Valtor. The horse is owned by his retained owners – Munir and Souede – too, so any runners for the 2021 Grand National in their famous green silks will more than likely be partnered by Daryl Jacob again.


  • Grand National Wins: None

Top UK-based jockey – Richard Johnson – is yet to land the Grand National. So, with time running out on his long career he’ll be keen to do what his pal AP McCoy did and land the big race before he retires. There has been no talk of Johnson retiring from the saddle just yet, but at 40 years old he can’t have many Nationals left.

Having been runner-up as champion jockey 16 times, he was finally crowned champion jockey in 2016, 2017 and 2018 His Grand National record so far reads as follows – UR, F, F, PU, F, 2nd, 10th, BD, PU, PU, R, F, F, 9th, PU, 12th, 15th, 2nd, F, PU, BD. Therefore, from 21 rides in the race, he’s actually failed to complete in 14, but he’s too good a jockey to discount and winning the Grand National will surely top off what’s been a cracking career.

Two seconds in 2004 (What’s Up Boys) and 2014 (Balthazar King) have seen him go close. There is probably no other Grand National jockeys still riding that deserves to win the Grand National more.

At this stage, it’s hard to know what he’ll ride and it’s hard to believe he didn’t have a ride in the 2018 running. In 2019, Johnson rode the Philip Hobbs-trained Rock The Kasbah, but was brought down at the 18th fence.


  • Grand National Wins: 1, 2007

One of the older jockeys that are still riding over jumps. From Irish roots but is currently based in the UK and rides most of the main Colin Tizzard-trained horses.

He landed 2007 with a horse called Silver Birch that was also giving trainer – Gordon Elliott his first Grand National winner.
Power was unseated in the 2019 Grand National when riding another Elliott runner – Jury Duty – but anything he’s booked to ride in the 2021 Grand National should be respected with his years of experience.

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