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

CLOTH CAP

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Form: 328-31 / Official Rating: 148 / Weight: 10st 5lb / 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 12/1*
#2
Favourite

KIMBERLITE CANDY

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Form: P/21-2 / Official Rating: 153 / Weight: 10st 10lb / 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 16/1*
#3
Favourite

ANY SECOND NOW

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Form: 31-99P / Official Rating: 152 / Weight: 10st 9lb / 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 16/1*
#4

BURROWS SAINT

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Form: 531-26 / Official Rating: 156 / Weight: 10st 13lb / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: W. P. 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 12/1*
#5

SECRET REPRIEVE

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Form: 22-F11 / Official Rating: 144 / Weight: 10st 1lb / Age: 7 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: Evan Williams
Secret Reprieve has sprung to prominence in the Grand National betting after two outstanding staying performances on his home patch. The Flemensfirth gelding’s fantastic wins in the Welsh Grand National Trial and the main race itself at Chepstow have shown him to have all the qualities needed to do well at Aintree in April.
SECRET REPRIEVE TO WIN 14/1*
#6

PRESENTING PERCY

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Form: 3F-418 / Official Rating: 166 / Weight: 11st 9lb / 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 16/1*
#7

MAGIC OF LIGHT

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Form: 18-412 / Official Rating: 156 / Weight: 10st 13lb / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: J. Harrington
Runner-up in the 2019 Grand National and looks a big player again in 2021 if running. The mare 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, Magic of Light will surely have many supporters.
MAGIC OF LIGHT TO WIN 20/1*
#8

TIGER ROLL

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Form: 1/52-P / Official Rating: 166 / Weight: 11st 9lb / 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 14/1*
#9

POTTERS CORNER

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Form: 11-37P / Official Rating: 149 / Weight: 10st 6lb / 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 25/1*
#10

SANTINI

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Form: 12-253 / Official Rating: 167 / Weight: 11st 10lb / 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 14/1*
#11

EASYSLAND

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Form: 1111-4 / Official Rating: 167 / Weight: 11st 10lb / 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.
EASYSLAND TO WIN 20/1*
#12

DISCORAMA

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Form: 833-25 / Official Rating: 149 / Weight: 10st 6lb / Age: 8 / 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 33/1*
#13

LAKE VIEW LAD

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Form: 533-15 / Official Rating: 157 / Weight: 11st 0lb / 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 20/1*
#14

ANIBALE FLY

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Form: /9883- / Official Rating: 155 / Weight: 10st 12lb / 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 25/1*
#15

BRISTOL DE MAI

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Form: 229-12 / Official Rating: 167 / Weight: 11st 10lb / 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 20/1*
#16

AL ROC

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Form: -86125 / Official Rating: 152 / Weight: 10st 9lb / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: Dr R. Newland
French Listed Chase winner, but lightly-raced for the Dr Richard Newland yard since coming over to the UK. Would likely prefer the ground to be soft, but with 40+ runs over fences during his career is an experienced sort. Would be his first run over the National fences, but, on a plus, does hail from a yard that have won the National in the past (2014).
AI ROCK TO WIN 33/1*
#17

YALA ENKI

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Form: -2F314 / Official Rating: 160 / Weight: 11st 3lb / Age: 11 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: P. Nicholls
Stamina is this horses main asset. He’s an old-timer that has been placed third in the last two runnings of the Welsh National. Is another that would probably need the ground to come up soft or heavy to show his best form, but if it would, it should be one for the shortlist. Also comes from the powerful Paul Nicholls yard that won this race in 2012.
YALA ENKI TO WIN 33/1
#18

MILAN NATIVE

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Form: 1-12P0 / Official Rating: 149 / Weight: 10st 6lb / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: G. Elliott
Winner of the 2020 Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival (3m2f) and looks a typical National type. Leading connections that know how to win the Grand National and at 8 years-old still have plenty of time on his side. Yet to tackle the National fences, but has shown he can travel over to the UK and win in the past – looks an interesting contender.
MILAN NATIVE TO WIN 33/1*
#19

DEISE ABA

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Form: 15-PP1 / Official Rating:142 / Weight: 9st 13lb / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: P. Hobbs
A fast-improving young staying chaser in the making, but does need to show a bit more consistency in his races. Was a good winner in heavy ground at Sandown back in February and ran a fine fifth in the 2020 Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival. Lightly-raced so should have more to come, but would be running over the National fences for the first time. Also despite having never won the National, the Philip Hobbs yard know the time of day and he’s also owned by Mr Grand National himself – Trevor Hemmings, who will be eying his fourth win in the world’s greatest steeplechase.
DEISE ABA TO WIN 33/1*
#20

CANELO

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Form: -01214 / Official Rating: 147 / Weight: 10st 4lb / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: Alan King
Ran a gallant fourth in the SkyBet Chase at Doncaster this season and has a good win-to-runs strike-rate over fences. Has won over fences at Aintree in the past too, but not over the National-style fences. Also acts on any ground and even though he’d have stamina to prove looks a sort that could improve for the longer trip and is owned by the popular JP McManus, who won this prize in 2010.
CANELO TO WIN 33/1*
#21

AJAS

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Form: 112112 / Official Rating: 156 / Weight: 10st 13lb / Age: 7 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: D. Cottin
A possible French-raider that would certainly benefit if the ground came up soft or heavy. Yet to race beyond 3m 1/2f though so would need to prove his stamina and would have his age as a potential negative – the last winning 7 year-old was back in 1940!
AJAS TO WIN 33/1*
#22

FARCLAS

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Form: 11-534 / Official Rating:146 / Weight: 10st 3lb / Age: 7 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: Gordon Elliott
Winner of the 2018 Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival so a classy sort on his day. Has made a decent switch to fences since but on his only try over 3m he pulled very hard and that would be a worry getting the extra distance. Would be first run in the race, but is another 7 year-old so this would be a big negative if running.
FARCLAS TO WIN 33/1*
#23

BRAHMA BULL

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Form: 61-2UP / Official Rating:151 / Weight: 10st 8lb / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: W. Mullins
Another from the powerful Willie Mullins yard, but is lightly-raced over fences, so many will look at that inexperience as a slight negative in a race like this. Would also need to prove himself over this sort of extreme trip, but is a horse that’s been second in a Grade Two Chase so does have ability, while with time on his side so could easily have more to come.
BRAHMA BULL TO WIN 33/1*
#24

CLASS CONTI

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Form: F2-P03 / Official Rating: 149 / Weight: 10st 6lb / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: W. P. 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 33/1*
#25

MINELLA TIMES

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Form: 20-122 / Official Rating: 146 / Weight: 10st 3lb / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: H. De Bromhead
Young chaser that is certainly going the right way. Comes from the Irish yard of Henry De Bromhead, who are still looking for their first win in this race, but you feel it won’t be long before they do. Stamina to prove over this sort of trip and first run over these National-style fences. Yet another owned by JP McManus.
MINELLA TIMES TO WIN 40/1*
#26

DOUBLE SHUFFLE

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Form: 57-931 / Official Rating: 145 / Weight: 10st 2lb / Age: 11 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: Tom George
Decent horse on his day – having been runner-up in the 2017 King George at Kempton. Was pulled up in the 2017 Grand National though so lasting out this extreme trip would be the concern. On a plus, he’s dropped to a handy mark and has returned this season in winning form. You do feel though that he does seem to save his best for Kempton.
DOUBLE SHUFFLE TO WIN 33/1*
#27

VIEUX LION ROUGE

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Form: 97-510 / Official Rating: 148 / Weight: 10st 5lbs / 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 40/1*
#28

SHATTERED LOVE

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Form: 6-3102 / Official Rating: 150 / Weight: 10st 7lb / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: G. Elliott
Useful mare on her day that comes from the Gordon Elliott yard. Allocated just 10st 7lbs in weight so could certainly be dangerous off that rating, but having been pulled up in 2019 Irish National would have stamina concerns. Owned by the Gigginstown House Stud, who have landed three of the last four renewals of this race.
SHATTERED LOVE TO WIN 33/1*
#29

LE BREUIL

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Form: 0-4334 / Official Rating: 139 / Weight: 9st 10lb / 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 33/1*
#30

THE STORYTELLER

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Form: 121122 / Official Rating: 165 / Weight: 11st 8lb / 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 20/1*
#31

OK CORRAL

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Form: P/091- / Official Rating: 151 / Weight: 10st 8lb / 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 33/1*
#32

CHRIS'S DREAM

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Form: 110-25 / Official Rating:164 / Weight: 11st 7lb / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: H. De Bromhead
Grade Two-winning chaser that would add a bit of class to the race should he line-up. 10th in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2020 too but as a result does have his fair share of weight. Has won over 3m (fences) in the past but this would be by far the furthest he’s gone, so lasting the trip could be a negative.
CHRIS'S DREAM 25/1*
#33

THE LONG MILE

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Form: 11-F10 / Official Rating: 147 / Weight: 10st 4lb / Age: 7 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: J P Dempsey
Handicap chase winner that is going the right way, but all wins have come over significantly shorter trips. Acts well on soft and heavy ground too, but that would also put more pressure on his unproven stamina. Would be first run in the race and another owned by JP McManus but is also another 7 year-old in the race so would have that long-standing age stat against him.
THE LONG MILE TO WIN 40/1*
#34

JERRYSBACK

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Form: 3/03-3 / Official Rating: 142 / Weight: 9st 13lb / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: P. Hobbs
A horse that showed a lot of potential a few seasons ago but has clearly had his issues since. Returned this season with a fine run at Ascot and being lightly-raced could have more to come. Ran a distant third in the 4m race at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival so would still have stamina to prove, but is another that will carry the green and gold colours of JP McManus.
JERRYSBACK TO WIN 40/1*
#35

KEEPER HILL

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Form: -44533 / Official Rating: 145 / Weight: 10st 2lb / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: W. Greatrex
Grade Two Novice Chase winner back in 2017, but despite running some fair races since hasn’t really progressed as many though he would. Has stayed well enough over 3m2f over hurdles so a crack at this longer trip, but would need several to come out of the race to get in.
KEEPER HILL TO WIN 40/1*
#36

RUN WILD FRED

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Form: 345522 / Official Rating: 140 / Weight: 9st 11lb / Age: 7 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: Gordon Elliott
Another that will have the dreaded 7 year-old age stat around it’s neck – the last 7 year-old winner was in 1940. But looks a progressive staying chaser that has run well over 3m1f in the past. Hails from the powerful Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown House Stud combination, but his lack of experience would be a negative for some.
RUN WILD FRED TO WIN 25/1*
#37

BALKO DES FLOS

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Form: 4-4764 / Official Rating: 152 / Weight: 10st 9lb / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: H. De Bromhead
Winner of the 2018 Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival but surprisingly he’s yet to win a race since. Dropping handicap mark makes him very dangerous on old form, but plenty to prove at the moment and not a certain stayer either.
BALKO DES FLOS TO WIN 33/1*
#38

CHAMPAGNE CLASSIC

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Form: 2/112- / Official Rating: 151 / Weight: 10st 8lb / 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*
#39

BELLSHILL

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Form: 4762-5 / Official Rating: 153 / Weight: 10st 10lb / Age: 11 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: Sandy Thomson
Another useful staying chaser on this day that was formerly with the Willie Mullins yard but is now housed with Sandy Thomson. Highly-tried on debut for the yard in the Grade One Betfair Chase and was well beaten, but was a fair runner-up in the 2020 Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse and has run well at Aintree in the past (2nd both times). Handles all ground and dropping handicap mark would make him interesting, but he’s not getting any younger and is yet to tackle the Grand National fences.
BELLSHILL TO WIN 25/1*
#40

CAP DU NORD

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Form: 6-4123 / Official Rating: 142 / Weight: 9st 13lb / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: Christian Williams
Very progressive young staying chaser that would be a big player if heading here. Ran the useful Royale Pagaille close at Kempton on December and the form of that run has been franked since. Negatives would be that he’s got stamina to prove and is yet to race at Aintree, but is a young horse with time on his side, so could certainly have more to come.
CAP DU NORD TO WIN 33/1*
#41

MISTER MALARKY

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Form: P-6U17 / Official Rating: 155 / Weight: 10st 12lb / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: Colin Tizzard
Not the most consistent horse, but a decent staying handicapper when in the mood. Has run well over the Mildmay course at Aintree in the past, but is yet to jump a National-style fence. Has returned this season in good order with a nice win at Ascot in December and having won on ground ranging from good to heavy then underfoot conditions will be fine no matter what they throw up. His trainer, Colin Tizzard, is yet to win the National.
MISTER MALARKY TO WIN 40/1*
#42

TOUT EST PERMIS

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Form: -2359P / Official Rating: 155 / Weight: 10st 12lb / Age: 8 / 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 50/1*
#43

JETT

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Form: 4-P78P / Official Rating: 150 / Weight: 10st 7lb / 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 40/1*
#44

ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS

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Form: 261-25 / Official Rating: 155 / Weight: 10st 12lb / Age: 11 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: W. P. Mullins
Been a grand servant for connections over the years, but not getting any younger at 11 years-old now – you feel this would be his last crack at the National - yet to run in the race. Winner of the 2020 Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse in Feb 20, but has returned this season in good order too, with a fine fifth in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park in January. Yet to race this far, but was third in the 2019 Irish Grand National (3m5f), so does have proven stamina.
ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS TO WIN 50/1*
#45

SHANTOU FLYER

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Form: /113-4 / Official Rating: 136 / Weight: 9st 7lb / Age: 11 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: P. Nicholls
Consistent chaser that looks worth a crack at this extreme trip, having won over 3m2f in the past. Second and third in the 2019 and 2020 Foxhunters’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and now in the care of the Paul Nicholls yard. Likely to run in the Foxhunters’ Chase at Cheltenham again in 2021 before a possible tilt here, but would also need some to come out of the race to make the final line-up.
SHANTOU FLYER TO WIN 33/1*
#46

KAUTO RIKO

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Form: 2520-4 / Official Rating: 142 / Weight: 9st 13lb / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: Tom Gretton
Fourth in the Paddy Power Gold Cup this season at Cheltenham in November. Certainly, a decent middle-distance handicapper chaser on his day, but the big unknown would be this sort of trip. He’s yet to race beyond 3m.
KAUTO RIKO TO WIN 66/1*
#47

ASO

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Form: 547-7F / Official Rating: 155 / Weight: 10st 12lb / 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 --
#48

BEAU BAY

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Form: 3-51F6 / Official Rating: 136 / Weight: 9st 7lb / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: Dr R. Newland
Winner of the Grand Sefton Chase here over the National fences in December 2020 (third in the 2019 renewal too), so that experience would be a big plus. That race is, however, over just 2m5f, so much further to travel here and has been beaten twice over 3m since that Aintree win earlier this season. From a former winning yard though – Dr Richard Newland.
BEAU BAY TO WIN 40/1*
#49

A TOI PHIL

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Form: 4014-4 / Official Rating:138 / Weight: 9st 9lb / Age: 11 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: G. Moore
Former Gordon Elliott runner that has moved to the UK to be trained at the Gary Moore yard this season. Does have experience at the National though, after running 12th (of 40) here in the 2019 renewal and if making the final runners will get in here with a much lighter weight than in 2019, where he carried 10st 11lbs.
A TOI PHIL TO WIN 40/1*

*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 16, first scratchings deadline March 2, second scratchings 3 weeks later, five-day confirmations April 5, final declarations 10am April 8.

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.

Bet on the Grand National Ante-Post Betting Market here

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

Favourites

There are dozens of horses carrying the hopes of their owners and trainers. The ante-post market for the Grand National, however, shows some particularly well-backed horses, the top three being:

Tiger Roll

Gordon Elliott’s eleven-year-old has already won two Grand Nationals and almost £1.4million in prize money. A strong favourite to win a third before the 2020 renewal, he remains at the head of the market.

The most popular horse in training isn’t quite in the same form this year. His return to action at Navan was underwhelming and he was pulled up at Cheltenham in November.

That said, if he can run well at the Festival in March he will once again be a leading player in the Grand National.

Cloth Cap

Owner Trevor Hemmings has a terrific Grand National history. His Hedgehunter, Ballabriggs and Many Clouds have all already won this race.

Trainer Jonjo O’Neill appears to be preparing this nine-year-old brilliantly too. Reaching his peak just at the right time, Cloth Cap was an excellent winner of the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury. While his new handicap mark presents a weight-carrying issue, his staying credentials are solid and he’s in the right hands.

Previous Grand National Winners

With no real race in 2020, the televised Virtual Grand National was the main event. 18/1 shot Potters Corner took the computerised race, with Walk In The Mill second at 16/1. 5/1 favourite Tiger Roll was only fourth.
As for our real Grand National heroes, here are the last ten winners of the National Hunt’s most valuable race:

  • 2019 – Tiger Roll
  • 2018 – Tiger Roll
  • 2017 – One For Arthur
  • 2016 – Rule The World
  • 2015 – Many Clouds
  • 2014 – Pineau De Re
  • 2013 – Auroras Encore
  • 2012 – Neptune Collonges
  • 2011 – Ballabriggs
  • 2010 – Don’t Push It

Entries 2021

As long as horses meet the criteria, there is essentially no limit to the number of initial entries. On the day, however, a total of 40 horses can run.

As well as the official criteria, trainers and owners have to answer questions regarding their own horses. Will they stay the trip? Are they well handicapped? Is the ground suitable? Are they in good form?

Everyone involved has a balancing act to manage too. Those entered in the Grand National who are not jumping or staying well should not be involved. However, those in the form of their lives may have to put up with a very large racing weight given to them by the handicapper.

Many horses are still considered to be contenders in 2021, these being some of the key stats regarding them:

  • Tiger Roll is 2/2 at Aintree, both in Grand Nationals.
  • Gordon Elliott trains 3 of the main contenders – Tiger Roll, Presenting Percy and Champagne Classic.
  • Trevor Hemmings owned 3 Grand National winners, he has main contenders Cloth Cap and Lake View Lad.
  • Perennial leading owner JP McManus has won the Grand National only once. He does have Kimberlite Candy, Any Second Now, and Anibale Fly as top candidates this time.
  • Potters Corner has won the Welsh Grand National and the Virtual Grand National already.
  • Only 2 Grand National winners have been trained in Scotland (1979 and 2017), though Harriet Graham’s Aye Right and Nick Alexander’s Lake View Lad have great chances now.

How are the Grand National Runners Decided?

The final declarations for the 40-runner line-up are published on Thursday, April 8th. As the Grand National is a handicap, essentially the best 40 runners in terms of ratings are permitted to run.

Those rated highest by the BHA handicappers carry the most weight, while those at the bottom of the weights are balloted out once the field is full.

Owners and trainers also need to decide on a few things before entering their horses. Finding a horse who can stay the 4¼-mile distance and jumps well is crucial.

Employing the right jockey is also a major consideration. The very best riders based in both the UK and Ireland will be booked for National rides. Some, of course, are already retained by certain stables or certain owners.

In terms of past form, those having won a strong staying race are given preference. Cheltenham Festival form is crucial in terms of the betting however it doesn’t always mean very much in reality as many top Grand National candidates skip the Festival altogether.

Grand National Non-Runners

After the official final declarations for the race take place, any horse then that is being pulled out is a ‘non-runner’. In this case, the final field is declared on Thursday, April 8th.

To try to keep the race to 40 runners, the Grand National allows ‘reserves’. Given enough time, those reserves can be called into the field to replace a non-runner.

Horses are often pulled out for a number of reasons. A change in the ground or a veterinary issue being most likely. In recent years, these horses were all pulled out after being declared:

  • Regal Encore
  • Walk In The Mill
  • O’Foalains Boy
  • Carlito Brigante

What to Look for When Finding a Winning Horse?

There are certain criteria for horses to meet in order to qualify for the Grand National. For those looking to bet, understanding these things means not only knowing who will run but often how well too.

Weight

As a handicap race, the weights for Grand National runners are basically decided according to their official rating. So, if the top horse is rated 170 and carries 11st10lbs, then a horse rated 167 would carry 11st7lbs etc.

Given the special nature of this race, however, the head BHA handicapper has dispensation to change the ratings and the weights somewhat. The handicapper can use other factors such as proven form at Aintree to adjust the weights. He will frame the weights a couple of months before the race before publishing them.

The top-rated horse in the line-up will carry 11st10lbs. In years gone by it was thought nigh impossible for horses to carry such weights to win the National. Things are different now. The classier horses at the top of the weights have every chance of winning this, especially if the ground isn’t too testing.

Age

Only those aged 7 and over can enter. This was raised from 6 recently, but in truth, no horse aged younger than 8 has won since 1940.

Horses between 8 and 11 are thought of as being at the perfect age. Even then though, a lot will depend on what form they are in and whether it’s believed a new career peak is realistic regardless of how old they are.

Career

There isn’t a set career path for a Grand National contender. Race set-ups in the UK and Ireland are different but equally fruitful.
The trick is not to follow horses coming from certain races.

Rather, it is best to find a horse which is about to peak. Those running to their best form this season, but not necessarily badly weighted, are favoured.

Stamina

Only those who have been placed in a recognised chase over 3 miles or longer can enter. That is because of safety concerns, but as punters, we can take that a step further.

In truth, what we really want to see is a horse who has won at least once over 3 miles. We’d rather see those wins being gained in good quality races too.

Horses with the previous form in the Grand National, the Welsh Grand National or over 3m+ at Cheltenham often go on to do well.

The Jockeys

There are always safety concerns when it comes to the Grand National. To be allowed to ride, jockeys must have ridden at least 15 winners under rules in Britain or Ireland. Ten of those wins need to have been over fences rather than hurdles too.

Once that criteria is met, any jockey can be booked in theory to ride any horse. Some jockeys, of course, are associated with certain stables or owners and will be retained to ride by them.

Those associations have led to great luck for some jockeys. Tiger Roll is owned by Gigginstown Stud and trained by Gordon Elliott meant Davy Russell riding. He is leading in turn to his two successful Grand National mounts.

The vast majority of winning riders, in fact, can thank their retainers for their wins. Rarely will it be a chance ride gained by an agent when a jockey is successful at Aintree.

However the jocks get their mounts, this is a race that can make a career for them. Leighton Aspell managed to win this race twice in a row for two different trainer/owner combinations. The two greatest riders in recent years, AP McCoy and Ruby Walsh won this race only once and twice respectively.

The truth is, despite the difficult nature of this race it is not only the top riders who win it. It’s all about the horse’s ability here, and all will be ridden by competent jockeys on the day. Don’t be put off by the rider, for sure.

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.

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

Grand National Runners FAQ

Find more relevant information in the FAQ section below.

Will the 2021 Grand National go ahead?

Yes! Even if crowds are not allowed at Aintree, the race will still take place this year.

When is the Grand National?

Saturday, April 10th 2021. The three-day festival gets going on April 8th, which is also when the final declarations are published for the Grand National.

Who are the 2021 Grand National runners and riders?

Near the head of the market we have Tiger Roll, Magic Of Light, Cloth Cap, Secret Reprieve and Kimberlite Candy.

Who will win the Grand National 2021?

It’s very tough to say, but a horse with the profile of Kimberlite Candy will go very close if not finding bad luck.

How Many Fences Do the Horses Jump in the Grand National?

30 fences are taken by the field over a trip just short of 4¼ miles.

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