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2021 Grand National Weights - Cloth Cap new favourite as Tiger Roll gets 11-9

  • We bring you the list of weights allotted for the 2021 Grand National
  • This historic handicap takes place at Aintree on Saturday 10th April
  • Defending Champion Tiger Roll will have to carry 11-9 if he goes for three in a row
  • Cloth Cap was backed into favouritism after getting 10-5
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Cloth Cap is the new favourite for the 2021 Grand National, after the weights were announced on Tuesday. (Getty)

National Hunt racing fans waited with bated breath on Wednesday, as the weights for the 2021 Grand National were announced. The Grand National is the only race in Britain where the head handicapper uses his own discretion to decide the weights and ratings. This year, it was Martin Greenwood who had that unenviable task.

When the official card was updated, viewers quickly scrolled down to Tiger Roll, to see what rating Greenwood had handed the two-time defending champion. 

Prior to the announcement, Gigginstown Stud head-honcho Michael O'Leary stated the Tiger would only run if he was "treated fairly" by the British Handicapper. Tiger Roll last won the Grand National off a rating of 159, with Davy Russell shouldering 11-5. Despite four defeats since then, Greenwood decided Tiger Roll was was still a 166-rated horse, and he will have to carry 11-9, should he return to Aintree.

2021 Grand National Odds

Best Odds
Top Bookie
Cloth Cap16/1William Hill
Tiger Roll20/1bet365
Burrows Saint20/1 William Hill
Kimberlite Candy20/1bet365
Secret Reprieve25/1Ladbrokes
Any Second Now25/1William Hill
Magic Of Light25/1bet365
Potters Corner25/1Ladbrokes
Presenting Percy25/1William Hill
The Conditional25/1Ladbrokes

*Odds taken on 17/2/21*

With punters fearing Tiger Roll might not make it to Aintree, the former favourite drifted out to 20/1 in the latest Grand National betting. Replacing Gordon Elliott's star at the head of the market is Cloth Cap, who was last seen winning the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury.

Owned by the great Trevor Hemmings, a four-time Grand National-winning owner, Cloth Cap will have to shoulder just 10-5 if he made his Aintree debut, and punters were quick to back Jonjo O'Neill's star into 16/1.

When the initial entries were revealed, I put up Burrows Saint and Kimberlite Candy as the two to back at the ante-post stage. They will have to shoulder 10-13 and 10-10 respectively, and both have been backed since the weights were revealed.

Magic Of Light is four pounds higher than she was when following Tiger Roll home in 2019. Any Second Now has been handed a mark just one pound higher than his rating in Ireland, while Santini, Bristol De Mai and Presenting Percy have all been given a rating lower than their official mark.

Welsh Grand National winner, Secret Reprieve is another who's been supported since yesterday's announcement. At number 66 on the list of entries, Evan Williams' Chepstow hero will need 26 of the names above him to withdraw, in order to get a run in this year's Grand National.

2021 Grand National Weights

National Rating
National Weight
Bristol De Mai 167 11st 10
Santini 167 11st 10
Easysland 167 11st 10
Presenting Percy 166 11st 9
Tiger Roll 166 11st 9
The Storyteller 165 11st 8
Chris's Dream 164 11st 7
Battleoverdoyen 162 11st 5
Yala Enki 160 11st 3
Ballyoptic 158 11st 1
Definitly Red 158 11st 1
Lake View Lad 157 11st 0
Ajas  156 10st 13
Burrows Saint 156 10st 13
Magic Of Light  156 10st 13
Acapella Bourgeios 155 10st 12
Aso 155 10st 12
Mister Malarky 155 10st 12
Talkischeap 155 10st 12
Tout Est Permis 155 10st 12
Bellshill  153 10st 10
Beware The Bear 153 10st 10
Kimberlite Candy 153 10st 10
Pym 153 10st 10
Alpha Des Obeaux 152 10st 9
Any Second Now 152 10st 9
Balko Des Flos 152 10st 9
Al Roc 152 10st 9
Brahma Bull 151 10st 8
Champagne Classic 151 10st 8
Ok Corral 151 10st 8
Articulum 150 10st 7
Jett 150 10st 7
Shattered Love 150 10st 7
The Jam Man 150 10st 7
Taking Risks 150 10st 7
Discorama  149 10st 6
Lord Du Mesnil 149 10st 6
Potters Corner 149 10st 6
The Conditional 149 10st 6
Class Conti 149 10st 6
Milan Native 149 10st 6

Selected Others
Cloth Cap 148 10st 5
Minella Celebration 148 10st 5
Vieux Lion Louge 148 10st 5
Canelo 147 10st 4
Give Me A Copper 147 10st 4
Farclas 146 10st 3
Secret Reprieve 144 10st 1
Some Neck 144 10st 1
Cap Du Nord 142 9st 13
Jerrysback 142 9st 13
Kauto Riko 142 9st 13
Le Breuil 139 9st 10
Prime Venture 139 9st 10

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