Grand National Trainers – Who to follow

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After the disappointment of the 2020 Grand National being cancelled, the build-up towards the 2021 Aintree Grand National is pretty much all-year-round. At this stage, how are you selecting your best bet? Which Grand National trainers should you look out for? With that in mind, we take a look at five leading Grand National trainers heading up the betting before Saturday, April 10th 2021.

Grand National Who to Bet On?

Many people ask, who to bet on the Grand National? Which is the best horse to bet on Grand National? The three-days of top-class racing is in front of us. Grand National betting markets are available all year-round, so let’s take a look at who to bet on Grand National in terms of trainers.

Having a trainer that has already won the Grand National can be a big plus – they know what it takes to get a horse ready to run in the world’s greatest steeplechase and how to get a horse to peak at the right time.

Trainers – Who to Bet for Grand National?

Who to bet on in the Grand National? That’s the big question!

With three victories so far, Gordon Elliot is one of the biggest favourites on the Grand National betting scene. The first time, he won in 2007 with a horse named Silver Birch. The odds were 33/1. Then he won again in 2018, with Tiger Roll assuring the first win in the race to jockey Davy Russell. With Tiger Roll, he won once again in 2019, which is the first horse since Red Rum in 1974 to win the prestigious race twice in a row.

With two wins (1998 and 2002), remarkable results (2017 and 2018), and a lot of experience under his belt, Nigel Twiston-Davies is quite popular among bettors again. Willie Mullins and Donald McCain, both with one win might be an answer on who to bet on Grand National. Another name worth mentioning is Nicky Henderson. He’s been British jump racing Champion five times. Henderson is yet to add the Grand National victory among his professional successes.

The following things are important while deciding who to bet on in Grand National:

    • Make sure to check the odds online bookmakers are offering before deciding who to bet on for the Grand National!
    • When deciding who to bet on for Grand National the trainers aren’t the only important factor. Don’t forget to check out which are best horses to bet on Grand National, too!


  • Grand National Wins: 3, 2007, 2018 & 2019

The Gordon Elliott yard is a powerhouse stable that has a fine record in the Grand National. Their first win in the race came in 2007 with a horse called Silver Birch. This 10-year-old landed the race with 10st 6lbs and had jockey Robbie Power doing the steering.

The yard had to wait 11 years for their next winner – but that came in 2018 with Tiger Roll. Owned by the powerful Gigginstown House Stud, this 8-year-old held on by just a head at the line to reward his backers and also gave jockey – Davy Russell – his first win in the race. Tiger Roll then also followed-up in 2019 to become the first horse since Red Rum in 1974 to win back to back Grand Nationals. In the process, he gave Gordon Elliott his third success in the race.

Elliott is a veteran of Grand National Trainers, also trained the third in the race in 2018 – Bless The Wings – plus Ucello Conti, who was a close-up seventh until unseating it’s rider four fences from home. We can expect another strong hand from the County Meath-based Irish trainer in 2021, but, if he lines up, all eyes will be on his current champion – Tiger Roll – to see if he can win the race for the third time.

In 2019, the Gordon Elliott yard had a massive 11 of the 40 Grand National runners in the race.


  • Grand National Wins: 1, 2005

Hedgehunter, in 2005, has provided Willie Mullins with his sole Grand National winner to date, but he’s another of the big yards that is sure to be well represented in 2021. His Pleasant Company finished 9th in 2017 under Ruby Walsh and runner-up in 2018, plus was still going well when falling late on in the 2019 Grand National. He could easily be targeted at the race again. Mullins did have the third in the 2019 race too as Ruby Walsh teamed-up with his old pal to steer home Rathvinden to land the bronze medal.

Mullins trains the well-fancied Burrows Saint, who has already one the Irish Grand National and if lining up for the 2021 Grand National could give this popular Irish handler more success in the race.


  • Grand National Wins: 2, 1998 & 2002

With wins in 1998 and 2002, trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has one of the best Grand National records in recent times. His Blaklion was a leading player in 2018 but was brought down at the first fence. His 9-year-old was fourth in the 2017 race though and does have a fine record over these fences, having also won the Becher Chase here in December 2017. With that experience under his belt will be popular with punters again in 2021 and at 11 years-old still has time on his side – just about!

In 2019 Twiston-Davies had Ballyoptic in the race, but the horse fell four fences from home.


  • Grand National Wins: 1, 2011

The McCain name has been long associated with Grand National trainers after Ginger McCain (Donald’s father) trained the mighty Red Rum to three victories in the 1970’s, plus added another win in 2004 with Amberleigh House. Since the reins got handed over to Donald he’s managed to follow in his father’s footsteps too when landing the race in 2011 with Ballabriggs. At this stage, it’s hard to know if he’ll have any runners in 2021. But if he does, be sure to give them a second glance.


  • Grand National Wins: None

The five-time champion trainer is yet to add the Grand National to his haul of big race winners, but he’s sure to have some live chances of putting that right in 2021. His first runner in the Grand National came in 1979 with a horse called Zongalero, which ironically is still the best he’s done in the contest after the horse was runner-up by just one and a half lengths that year.

Some leading horses to run under his name in the race have been Long Run, Triolo D’Alene and Hunt Ball, who all ran in the 2014 renewal.

In 2019, Henderson had the 10-year-old Valtour in the race, but he weakened into 18th.

The current champion jumps trainer will love to add a Grand National win to this CV before he retires.

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