Which Horses Are Running in the 2021 Grand National?

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After the cancellation of the Grand National 2020, Grand National 2021 Ante post markets are beginning to open and we’re seeing some horses with odds on running in the next Grand National. Below you’ll find a list of Grand National Runners leading up to Aintree 2021 as soon as we hear about them. As we draw ever nearer to the 2021 Aintree Grand National, the field will whittle down to a maximum of 40 Grand National runners (plus 4 reserves).

Randox Health Grand National – Grand National Runners 2021

We will update the list of runners as soon as we can. If you’re new to Grand National betting, find our helpful betting guides and Grand National ante post favourites before you start.

*Odds at time of publishing. All odds are subject to change.

Grand National Runners

Sorted by 2021 Favourite

#1
Favourite

TIGER ROLL flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 11 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: G. Elliott
Winner of the 2018 and 2019 Grand Nationals and became the first ‘back-to-back' winner since Red Rum in the 1970’s. This Gordon Elliott-trained past winner will be looking to equal the three wins of the mighty Red Rum in the race. But he’s returned to the track a bit out of form this season so does need to bounce back with many feeling his age and all his hard races are starting to catch up with him.However, being a past winner is still likely to be all the rage, especially with all the once-a-year punters, as he bids to give the Gigginstown House Stud owners their fourth win in the race in five years.
TIGER ROLL TO WIN 16/1*
#2
Favourite

BURROWS SAINT flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: W. Mullins
Won the 2019 Irish Grand National so have pedigree in these races. Still only young so has time on his side. Clearly a promising young stayer in the making that already has a National win to his name (Irish) and hails from the popular Willie Mullins yard - if lining-up for the 2021 Grand National it will be his first run in the race.
BURROWS SAINT TO WIN 20/1*
#3
Favourite

ANY SECOND NOW flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: T. Walsh
Winner of the Kim Muir Chase at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival. A faller in the 2019 Irish National but was running well at the time. Will be another year older and stronger in 2021 and his yard have history in the race after winning the Grand National in 2000, while his owner – JP McManus – won the 2010 renewal. Looks an interesting runner if making the final line-up.
ANY SECOND NOW TO WIN 20/1*
#4

THE CONDITIONAL flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: D.Bridgewater
The 2020 winner of the Ultima Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and has returned this season better than ever with a third in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury. A horse that handles most ground and is a sound jumper so a crack over the National fences could be a good move. Looks an interesting contender if running.
THE CONDITIONAL TO WIN 25/1*
#5

KIMBERLITE CANDY flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: T. Lacey
Kimberlite Candy laid down some claims of Grand National success to come with a fine victory in the Classic Chase at Warwick in 2020. Ground conditions are likely going to be the dictating factor when deciding on an Aintree return. Been in good form this season and was an excellent runner-up in the Becher Chase over these fences in December 2020 for a second year in a row. Acts well over these fences so that’s a big plus and the 4m+ trip looks within range - Softer ground would help.
KIMBERLITE CANDY TO WIN --
#6

PRESENTING PERCY flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: G. Elliott
Grade One Chase winner that could be aimed at the 2021 Grand National. Had some injury issues over the years but is now with the powerful Gordon Elliott yard and has returned this season looking as good as ever. Would certainly bring a bit of class to the race but would also have his fair share of weight as a result in this handicap. Would be running over the National fences for the first time.
PRESENTING PERCY TO WIN 20/1*
#7

SANTINI flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: Nicky Henderson
A classy staying chaser that was a close runner-up in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2020. Would probably have that race as a target again this season, but there has been some small talk of a National bid. He’d be one of the class acts in the race and staying in his game so the gruelling National trip looks right up his street. He’d be hoping to give trainer Nicky Henderson his first win in the race.
SANTINI TO WIN 25/1*
#8

LAKE VIEW LAD flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 11 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: N. Alexander
Another that was well-fancied for the 2019 Grand National, but was pulled up in the end. Prior to that had run well to be third in the Ultima Chase at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival. He had 11st 1lb to carry in the 2019 National but having won the Grade 2 Many Clouds Chase at Aintree this season looks an improved horse and could have more weight this time. On a plus, he’s another that runs in the familiar silks of Trevor Hemmings – who has won the race three times before. Softer ground would suit best, but despite his advancing years seems to still be in love with the game and could even be getting better.
LAKE VIEW LAD TO WIN 33/1*
#9

MAGIC OF LIGHT flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: J. Harrington
Runner-up in the 2019 Grand National and looks a big player again in 2021 if running. Is still fairly young – will be 10 when the 2021 Grand National comes around. With trip and track to suit and a nice weight pull with Tiger Roll for the 2 ¾ lengths he was beaten in 2019, then will surely have many supporters. She’s also a mare, so might attract interest from the female punters – girl power!
MAGIC OF LIGHT TO WIN 25/1*
#10

CLOTH CAP flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: Jonjo O’Neill
Will be hoping to give trainer – Jonjo O’Neill his first Aintree Grand National win but is owned by Trevor Hemmings, who has already landed three Grand Nationals, then he’s sure to be a popular choice. Has returned this season an improved horses when winning the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase (Hennessy) at Newbury back in November and that form is very decent indeed. He’s unproven over this longer National trip and is yet to run over the National fences, but does look an obvious contender on what we’ve seen this season.
CLOTH CAP TO WIN 20/1*
#11

POTTERS CORNER flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 11 / Jockey: ?/ Trainer: C. Williams
Winner of the Welsh National in 2019 so stamina is assured. First run in the race and might be better in soft/heavy ground but has won on a good surface too. If able to keep tabs early on this proven stamina would be a big asset, while if there was any rain in the build-up to the race his chance would increase. Has also run well in one of the Cross Country races at Cheltenham this season so that’s a good sign he’ll handle the tricky National fences.
POTTERS CORNER TO WIN 33/1*
#12

AYE RIGHT flag

AYE RIGHT Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 8 / Jockey: ?/ Trainer: H. Graham
Been an improved horse this season – running the classy Cyrname to 7 lengths in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby in October. Was also runner-up in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury and at the age of 8 by the time the National comes around in 2021, he could have more to come. He’s yet to race over the National fences or at the track, while stamina over this 4m+ trip would have to be taken on trust.
AYE RIGHT TO WIN 33/1*
#13

EASYLAND flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 7 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: D.Cottin
Won the 2020 Cross Country race at the Cheltenham Festival in great fashion – beating Tiger Roll in the process. Has returned this season by flopping in the Cross Country race at the November Cheltenham Meeting so needs to bounce back from that. But is a talented young French-trained stayer that could take to the National fences. The negatives would be he be looking to become the first 7-year-old to win the race since 1940.
EASYLAND TO WIN 33/1*
#14

WALK IN THE MILL flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 11 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: R. Walford
Ran a cracker to be fourth in the 2019 Grand National and could be back for more. He carried just 10st 4lbs in 2019 but was beaten just 16 lengths behind Tiger Roll. He was also the winner of the 2018 and 2019 Becher Chase over these fences, so we know they suit him well. He’s certainly one for the shortlist in 2021 with proven form over these fences and in this race.
WALK IN THE MILL TO WIN 40/1*
#15

LE BREUIL flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: B. Pauling
Won National Hunt Challenge Cup at the Cheltenham Festival in 2019. That race is over 4m so staying is fine and with a bit more experience during the early part of the 2019-20 season then he looks an exciting staying chaser in the making and returned this season with a fine third in the Becher Chase over the National fences.
LE BREUIL TO WIN 40/1*
#16

ANIBALE FLY flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 11 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: T. Martin
A regular in the National in recent years. He was fourth in 2018 and fifth in 2019. Was also runner-up in the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup. With proven form over the fences and in this race he looks sure to attract attention from punters again in 2021.
ANIBALE FLY TO WIN 33/1*
#17

ELEGANT ESCAPE flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: C. Tizzard
The 2018 Welsh National winner, so staying isn’t an issue. Another with time on his side and rounded off the 2019 season with a fair 6th in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and third in the 2019 Ladbrokes Trophy Chase (Hennessy). Down the field in the 2020 Gold Cup though and does need to bounce back a bit. But extreme staying trips looks to be where his future lies and despite having not raced over the National fences is a sound jumper that could have a big say in this race in 2021. Acts on any ground.
ELEGANT ESCAPE TO WIN 25/1*
#18

BRISTOL DE MAI flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: N. Twiston-Davies
Grade One-winning chaser that is another that brings a bit of class to the race. This popular grey has never run over the National fences but has run many times at Aintree at the Grand National Meeting. Is, however, yet to record a win at the track (4 runs). Yet to race over a trip this far but does possess plenty of stamina. Would be looking to become only the fourth grey winner of the Grand National. His trainer has won the race twice before and the horse has returned this season in great shape after winning the Betfair Chase for a third time. Might head to the Gold Cup again, but if not then would be an interesting 2021 Grand National runner.
BRISTOL DE MAI TO WIN 40/1*
#19

TRUCKERS LODGE flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: P. Nicholls
Would be hoping to give trainer Paul Nicholls his second Grand National, but looks a top staying type after landing the Midlands National back in 2020. Was also runner up in the 2019 Welsh National. Still only young when it comes to the Grand National and with stamina assured then looks an interesting sort.
TRUCKERS LODGE TO WIN --
#20

DISCORAMA flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 7 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: Paul Nolan
An Irish-trained runner that was third in the 2020 Ultima Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Still, only 8 years-old and lightly-raced so could have more to come. Generally, a sound jumper but has never tackled the National-style fences before.
DISCORAMA TO WIN 50/1*
#21

VINNDICATION flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: Kim Bailey
A smart staying chaser in the making and another that has age on his side. Was an excellent second in the Charlie Hall Chase this season (2020/21) but did unseat his jockey in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury in November. Certainly looks a horse with more to come, but is yet to run over these fences and you feel he might just need more chase experience in general.
VINNDICATION TO WIN 40/1*
#22

VIEUX LION ROUGE flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 12 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: D Pipe
The David Pipe yard won the Grand National with Comply Or Die in 2008 and could have another live chance here. Yes, not getting any younger but we have seen National winners aged 12 in recent times and he returned to form with a bang in the 2020 Becher Chase over these fences in December so win by 24 lengths – with Kimberlite Candy back in second. Was 15th in the 2019 Grand National too so would need to improve on that, but with proven form over the fences is sure to have his supporters.
VIEUX LION ROUGE TO WIN 50/1*
#23

THE STORYTELLER flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: G. Elliott
Former Cheltenham Festival winner that represents the powerful Gordon Elliot yard. Stamina to prove over this trip with all runs coming over 3m 1/2f or less and would be first run in the race. Has bounced back to form this season though by winning the Grade One Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal at the end of October.
THE STORYTELLER --
#24

TRAFFIC FLUIDE flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: G. Moore
Useful on his day and decent win-to-runs record over fences – however, a horse that’s had its troubles too having been off the track for a while. Acts on any ground and a sound jumper. First run in the race and over these fences but has run well in some decent graded races at the course in the past. Could be interesting if getting into the race and back to anywhere near its best from 2-3 years back.
TRAFFIC FLUIDE TO WIN --
#25

OK CORRAL flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 11 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: N. Henderson
Won the SkyBet Chase earlier this season at Doncaster, but is now rated 9lbs higher than that success. Lightly-raced for his age and has ability as a staying chaser but lacks consistency. Would be his first run in the race. Represents popular owner – JP McManus – who won this race in 2010.
OK CORRAL TO WIN 50/1*
#26

KILDISART flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 8 / Jockey: ?/ Trainer: B. Pauling
Won at this meeting during the 2018/19 season – the Grade Three Betway Handicap Chase – so does go well at the track and at this time of year. But first try over the National fences and the longer trip is an unknown. Would probably prefer better ground to be seen at his best but light weight a plus. Returned this season with a fair 7th in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury at the end of November.
KILDISART TO WIN 33/1*
#27

CHAMPAGNE CLASSIC flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 10 / Jockey: ?/ Trainer: G Elliott
Another from the powerful Gordon Elliott yard. Has returned this season with a close second in the Grade One at Leopardstown in the Neville Hotels Novice Chase. Former winner at the Cheltenham Festival (2017, Martin Pipe Hurdle), but a horse that’s had his issues missing the 2018 season. Has returned better than ever though and could be another interesting runner for the Gigginstown House Stud owners that love to win this race.
CHAMPAGNE CLASSIC TO WIN 40/1*
#28

CLASS CONTI flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ?? / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: W. Mullins
Another from the Willie Mullins yard that could get into the race on a low weight. Ran a cracker to be second in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park back in January and is only rated 4lbs higher. Never raced this far and first run in the race though.
CLASS CONTI TO WIN 40/1*
#29

VINTAGE CLOUDS flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: S. Smith
Owned by Mr Grand National – Trevor Hemmings – who has won this race three times in the past. He fell at the first fence in the 2019 race, when well-fancied – went off a 11/1. He’s still got time to play with and represents a yard that have won this race before too (2013). Won the Peter Marsh Chase this season, but was also pulled-up in the Becher Chase here in December. Connections have gone on record as saying they don’t think the horse likes the National fences!
VINTAGE CLOUDS TO WIN --
#30

RAMSES DE TEILLEE flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: D. Pipe
Another promising young stayer. Was pulled up in the 2019 Grand National after making a few mistakes and actually breaking a rein. He’ll be another year older and that experience would have taught him a lot. Had wind surgery since and has returned to winning ways this season (hurdles). He’ll be looking to give his trainer a second win in the race, after winning the 2008 running with Comply Or Die.
RAMSES DE TEILLEE TO WIN 66/1*
#31

JETT flag

Official Rating: 159 / Weight: 10st 13lbs / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: J. Harrington
Has contested many top graded chases but if lining up here would be running in the Grand National for the first time. The main concern would be the trip, with all chase wins to date coming over 3m1f or shorter.
JETT TO WIN --
#32

ASO flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ?/ Age: 11 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: V. Williams
Trained by Venetia Williams who won the National with 100/1 shot – Mon Mome – in 2009. Another classy chaser that has run well in graded races at a very good level. Would need to prove himself over this extreme trip with 2m5f being the furthest he’s won over to date. First run in the race.
ASO TO WIN 66/1*
#33

BEWARE THE BEAR flag

Official Ranking: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 10 / Jockey: ?/ Trainer: N. Henderson
Winner of the 2019 Ultima Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and was a decent fourth in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase (Hennessy) at Newbury in 2019. Yet to race in the National and a winner on ground ranging from good to heavy - would be looking to become trainer – Nicky Henderson’s first winner in this famous race, but has returned with a fair fifth in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase this season and connections have said the National would be his main target.
BEWARE THE BEAR TO WIN 66/1*
#34

PLEASANT COMPANY flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 13 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: W. P. Mullins
A horse, Grand National punters in recent times will be familiar with. He was runner-up in the 2018 running – carries 4lbs less here. He also unseated his rider in the 2019 renewal but was in the process of running a big race in fourth at the time and has 8lbs less to carry in weight this year. No spring chicken as will be 12 years-old in 2020 but does like the track and the fences and we have had two winners since 1995 of the Grand National win of that age.
PLEASANT COMPANY TO WIN --
#35

TOUT EST PERMIS flag

Official Rating: ? / Weight: ? / Age: 7 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: N. Meade
Grade Two-winning chaser, but age would seemingly be against this Noel Meade runner – the last 7 year-old to win the National was in 1940.
TOUT EST PERMIS TO WIN --

*Odds subject to change.

  • Grade 3, £1,000,000 Total Prize Fund
  • Four miles, three and a half furlongs
  • Maximum field of 40 plus four reserves.

Entries closes January 29, entries revealed January 30 (112 entries), weights revealed February 12, first scratchings deadline February 26, second scratchings deadline March 19, five-day confirmations April 1, final declarations 10am April 4.

Run on in early April each year, the build-up to the Merseyside marathon always starts months before the big day. However, not all horses can run so from now until just a few days before the race we’ll see many horses drop out. For safety reasons, the Grand National is always capped at 40 horses so between now and April 6th we are going to see 65 horses fall by the wayside. There are various declaration stages during February, March and April which also help whittle done the entries to the 40 Grand National Runners.

After the 172nd running has been cancelled, the 173rd running will have the weights for the Grand National released in February 2021 by the British Horseracing Authority’s head of handicapping.

Once each horse has been allocated a weight to carry this will give us a better idea which entries will be the actual Grand National Runners for 2021 – in the world’s richest and greatest steeplechase. Plus, the 2020 Grand National betting market normally has a shake-up after these weights are announced.

Grand National 2019 Results

Tiger Roll wins the Aintree Grand National 2019! Tiger Roll is the first horse in 45 years to win back to back Grand Nationals.

1 Tiger Roll (D N Russell) 4-1 Fav

2 Magic Of Light (P D Kennedy) 66-1

3 Rathvinden (R Walsh) 8-1

4 Walk In The Mill (James Best) 25-1

5 Anibale Fly (Ruby Walsh) 10-1

In 2018 and 2019 we saw Gordon Elliott’s powerful Irish yard win the Grand National for the second time after their Tiger Roll held on in a gruelling finish. There is every chance Tiger Roll will be targeted at the race again in 2020 too as he will look to become the first Grand National winner to win in three consecutive years.

To qualify, horses must have run at least three times in chases under the Recognised Racing Authority Rules of Racing up to and including February 10. Horses may be allocated a rating after then, by the handicapper. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final.

Bet on the Grand National Ante-Post Betting Market here

*All odds at time of publishing. All subject to change.

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