Grand National Odds and Tips 2021 | Ante Post Outlook

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Get the best Grand National Tips and odds for April 2021! With Grand National betting odds on offer all-year-round, the modern day punter has the opportunity to bet on the world’s greatest steeplechase at all stages through the year. The 2020 Grand National was cancelled, but there are already many bookmakers offering odds on the 2021 Grand National.

Seasoned horse racing fans will always have one eye on the ante post betting through the year to inform their Grand National tips. Being a steeplechase then the main season runs from October through to the date of the Grand National in April, but you can bet on the Grand National favourites through the National Hunt jumping season. For those new to ante post betting, check out our Grand National Ante Post Betting Guide before you part with your money as we’ve got some handy Grand National tips to make sure you get the best value.

In 2021, the Grand National date is Saturday 10th April. However, with the bookmakers already offering Grand National betting odds, we thought we’d take an early look at some of the main horses that are expected to head to the race. The Ante post markets will cover some of the most-likely Grand National tips for runners that head-up the market, but it goes without saying, some of these horses will have much shorter prices come race day.


Grand National Winners SP Odds

Below are the 15 horses that finished the Grand National 2021 and their SP:

HorseTrainerSPGrand National Bookmakers
Minella TimesH. De Bromhead11/2Bet with
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Balko Des FlosH De Bromhead100/1Bet with
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Any Second NowT. Walsh15/2Bet with
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Burrows SaintW. P Mullins9/1Bet with
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FarclasMrs D Foster16/1Bet with
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BlaklionD Skelton50/1Bet with
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DiscoramaJ. Harrington16/1Bet with
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JettMrs J Harrington80/1Bet with
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Cabaret QueenW Mullins80/1Bet with
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Shattered LoveMrs D Foster33/1Bet with
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Alpha Des ObeauxMrs D Foster80/1Bet with
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Hogan’s HeightJamie Snowden100/1Bet with
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Acapella BourgeoisW P Mullins20/1Bet with
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Sub LieutenantGeorgie Howell50/1Bet with
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Class ContiW P Mullins66/1Bet with
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If you fancy an early punt, these Grand National outsider tips could help you pick a winner and if you feel your horse will improve through the season then it’s very likely the betting Grand National odds will get shorter nearer to the race. Remember, all betting Grand National Odds are subject to change as when the race draws closer certain horses might not run, while others will head into the Aintree Grand National in better form than others – both key factors that will make Grand National outsider tips and betting Grand National odds for many of the runners change in the months and weeks leading up to the race.

Grand National Tips | Ante-Post Favourites

Horses that have run in previous Aintree Grand Nationals are always a good place to start. Therefore, when it comes to looking for horses that will run well in the 2021 Grand National horses with past history in the race often do well. This was backed-up again in 2019 with the 2018 Grand National winner – Tiger Roll – however, removed from the Grand National 2021 Runners list. The 2018 third – Anibale Fly – managed to run a gallant fifth in the race in 2019. Here are our best Grand National outsider tips for 2021’s favourites.

What Are the Odds on the Grand National?

The average odds of a winning Grand National horse are around 20/1 – while 23 of the last 29 Grand National winners returned a double-figure price. Seven winners had minimum of four runs before going on to win the Aintree Grand National. The only three who had less in recent years were Ballabriggs in 2011, One For Arthur in 2017 and Tiger Roll in 2019 with only 3 runs each.

Until recently, it was commonly assumed that horses carrying over 11 stone never win. This allowed punters to rule out a decent slice of the entrants. However, this trend is showing signs of reversal in recent years. Not least in 2015 when Many Clouds carried the monster weight of 11st 9lb to victory, while since 2009 we’ve had six Grand National winners carry 11st or more in weight.

*Remember, all odds are subject to change.

Grand National Predictions & Tips

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The Grand National is the biggest betting race of the year and attracts the most bets and highest turnover. Once-a-year-bettors back horses with little knowledge of the form. The number of non-racing fans placing wagers creates a demand for Grand National tips and predictions.

The Grand National took place in 1839 and for many years the course was not modified. However, there have been changes to the nature of the fences. The race is now akin to a long-distance handicap and the fences are more forgiving.

The start was moved away from the grandstands in 2021 and nearer the first fence for safety reasons.

The Grand National is the longest steeplechase in Britain. The fences are unique in that they are made of spruce and look totally different to fences on park countess. The race is a test of stamina and jumping ability.

There are 30 obstacles over the two circuits of the course. The Chair and Water Jump are negotiated just once while the other 14 fences are jumped on both circuits.

There is a maximum field of 40 runners in the handicap and the weights range is 10-00 to 11-10. Horses are allocated a weight based on their past form so in theory each runner has an equal chance.

However, to jeep within the minimum weight, some horses run of higher than their true mark. Other horses have shown improved form since the weights were announced.

Experience of the Grand National fences is another key trend. There are Aintree specialists who adapt to the fences while others underperform jumping the unique obstacles. There are numerous examples of horses completing the course in a number of Nationals. They take to the fences and can cope with the atmosphere created by about 60,000 racegoers so temperament is important.

Here are four leading contenders for the 2021 Grand National:

Cloth Cap Tips

Age: 9
Weight: 10-03
Odds: 4/1
Grand National Experience: First run.
Stable: Britain

Cloth Cap could go off as the shortest priced favourite in many years. Tiger Roll won the race at 4/1 in 2019 but the favourite for this year’s race could be a lower price. The horse carries the joint lowest weight of the winners over the last 10 years. Cloth Cap won the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury (3 miles and 2 furlongs), a key trial and the owner has won the Grand National three times.

Any Second Now Tips

Age: 9
Weight: 10-08
Odds: 11/1
Grand National Experience: First run.
Stable: Ireland

Any Second Now was trained for the 2020 Grand National but did not get the chance to contest the race. The horse is trained by Red Walsh in Ireland who won the race with Papillon in 2000 who carried 10-12 and was returned at 10/1. Any Second Now has fallen once in 24 starts but not won a chase over three miles or more so stamina could be an issue.

Minella Times Tip

Age: 8
Weight: 10-03
Odds: 14/1
Grand National Experience: First run
Stable: Ireland

Minella Times entered the Grand National picture after finishing second in two competitive handicap chases in Ireland. The horse is progressive and has been allocated a winnable mark. Minella Times has not fallen in 17 starts and has finished second in two chases over three miles and more. The trainer. Henry de Bromhead, has never won the race.

Kimberlite Candy Tips

Age: 9
Weight: 10-10
Odds: 16/1
Grand National Experience: First run
Stable: Britain

Kimberlite Candy finished second in the Becher Chases over the Grand National fences in December. The weight and age profile matches previous winners over the last 10 years. Kimberlite Candy won over three miles and five furlongs at Warwick so is proven for stamina. There have been no falls in 16 races over fences.

Previous Key Trends

Due to the course modifications, the last 10 Grand Nationals are the most relevant for key trends. With no race in 2020, here are the trends for the race winners from 2010 to 2019:


  • Highest weight: 11-09 Many Clouds in 2015
  • Lowest weight: Auroras Encore: 10-03 in 2013.
  • 11-00 and over: 5 winners.


  • Oldest winner: Neptune Collognes (2012), Auroras Encore (2013)Pineau de Re (2014): 11.
  • Youngest winner: Many Clouds (2015), One For Arthur (2017) and Tiger Roll (2018): 8.
  • Number of winners by age: 8-3; 9 -2; 10 -2; 11-3.


  • Average odds: Over 23/1.
  • Favourites: 1 outright favourite and one joint favourite.
  • Single figure odds: 1
  • Double figure odds: 9
  • Treble figure odds: 0
  • Most common odds range: 4 winners at 10/1 to 14/1.

Grand National Experience

The most recent multiple wins runner after Red Rum in the Grand National: two-time winner Tiger Roll.

Trainer’s Stable

  • 7 winners trained in Britain
  • 3 winner trained in Ireland.

Grand National Betting Tips

The three-day festival boasts a number of exciting races throughout. The featured race of the meeting takes place on the final day. But, there is set to be some exciting activities leading up to the Grand National itself.

Grand National Tips: Day 1

The opening day of the Grand National meeting gets underway at 13:45 with the Grade 1 Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase. Kalashnikov won the race back in 2019, but will not be targeting a second straight victory.

The featured race of the day comes in the form of the Foxhunters Chase. Billaway leads the betting, but there will be stern competition from Cat Tiger and Jury Duty.

Bob And Co could be a solid selection after showing decent form since wind surgery. However, the ten-year-old will need to bounce back after a disappointing showing at the Cheltenham Festival.

Grand National Tips: Day 2

Ladies Day at Aintree will feature four Grade 1s. The most competitive race of the day comes in the form of the Topham Handicap Chase. Farclas is a horse that many will consider as the favourite in the field, as he excels going left-handed.

Two For Gold and Morning Vicar have both been in progressive form this season and could stand a chance of upsetting the odds. Livelovelaugh could also go into the race as the favourite.

Grand National Tips: Day 3

The final day of the meeting will be headlined by the 173rd Grand National. The race looks set to be one of the most open in recent years. Cloth Cap leads the betting after being handed a decent handicap. Jonjo O’Neill trains the horse, and he was impressive last time out when winning as Kelso.

He looks good value to be the tip for the featured race. However, Any Second Now and Kimberlite Candy could all be front-runners to challenge for the illustrious win.

Grand National Odds & Tips FAQ

Here are the answers to some common questions about the Grand National:

Who will be the Aintree 2021 winner?

Cloth Cap is a worthy favourite but the price is too short for the Grand National. Any Second Now is not proven in a chase over three miles. Minella Times has a good chance at the weights but Kimberlite Candy is preferred so is one of our Grand National tips.

Who are the most successful trainers?

The following leading trainers have won the Grand National four times:
George Dockeray: (Lottery, 1839; Jerry, 1840; Gaylad, 1842; Miss Mowbray, 1852); Fred Rimell (E.S.B., 1956; Nicolaus Silver, 1961; Gay Trip, 1970; Rag Trade, 1976); Ginger McCain (Red Rum, 1973, 1974, 1977; Amberleigh House, 2004)

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