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
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
|Name||Best Odds||Top Bookie|
|Cloth Cap||16/1||William Hill|
|Burrows Saint||20/1||William Hill|
|Any Second Now||25/1||William Hill|
|Magic Of Light||25/1||bet365|
|Presenting Percy||25/1||William Hill|
*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
|Bristol De Mai||167||11st 10|
|Presenting Percy||166||11st 9|
|Tiger Roll||166||11st 9|
|The Storyteller||165||11st 8|
|Chris's Dream||164||11st 7|
|Yala Enki||160||11st 3|
|Definitly Red||158||11st 1|
|Lake View Lad||157||11st 0|
|Burrows Saint||156||10st 13|
|Magic Of Light||156||10st 13|
|Acapella Bourgeios||155||10st 12|
|Mister Malarky||155||10st 12|
|Tout Est Permis||155||10st 12|
|Beware The Bear||153||10st 10|
|Kimberlite Candy||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|
|Shattered Love||150||10st 7|
|The Jam Man||150||10st 7|
|Taking Risks||150||10st 7|
|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|
|Cloth Cap||148||10st 5|
|Minella Celebration||148||10st 5|
|Vieux Lion Louge||148||10st 5|
|Give Me A Copper||147||10st 4|
|Secret Reprieve||144||10st 1|
|Some Neck||144||10st 1|
|Cap Du Nord||142||9st 13|
|Kauto Riko||142||9st 13|
|Le Breuil||139||9st 10|
|Prime Venture||139||9st 10|