2021 Grand National Tips & Predictions

The most famous race in all of horse racing takes place at Aintree in April, as a field of 40 top chasers do battle in the Grand National.

Millions of fans from around the world will watch the Grand National every year, and only the strongest stayer in the field will land connection the huge first prize!

Grand National Key Facts

DateSaturday April 10, 2021
TrackAintree
Distance4m 2f
ClassGroup 3
Race TypeHandicap
Prize money£1 million
Age7YO+

2021 Grand National Odds

Name
Odds
Cloth Cap4/1
Any Second Now10/1
Burrows Saint12/1
Kimberlite Candy14/1
Minella Times14/1
Secret Reprieve16/1
Magic Of Light20/1
Bar25/1

*Odds taken on 30/3/21*

2021 Grand National Tips

Our runner-by-runner guide to the 2021 Grand National is now LIVE!

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We'll update our guide when the field has been finalised.

2021 Grand National Weights

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.

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, we 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.

Grand National History

The Grand National is steeped in history and there has been plenty happening since the first running in 1839.

The most valuable jumps race in Europe is a big draw card for bettors and much like the Melbourne Cup in Australia, it's watched by people who wouldn't usually watch horse racing.

Founded by William Lynn in 1829, the Grand National has since been at the forefront of British racing and Aintree has been the setting for many movies and books.

One of the most famous editions was in 1928 when Tipperary Tim was the only horse to finish the race, despite there being 42 starters.

The going was very heavy and Tipperary Tim handled it well but needed some luck in the final straight as there were two horses ahead of him. 

Both horses in front failed to complete the final jump with one falling and another the saddle slipping.

The 1967 edition can only be described as mayhem with 100/1 chance Foinavon winning. The rank outsider was trailing the field by some 100 yards, but there was a big wreck up front which took out a large majority of the field.

17 jockeys remounted after the fall, but Foinavon had stolen the race and fences 7 and 23 are now named after the infamous winner.

Red Rum is the most successful Grand National winner in history, winning three times in the 1970's. The controversial jumper was the dominant jumper of its generation and will live in racing folklore for years to come.

One of the more bizarre happenings came in 1991 when the race was taken out by Seagram. The race was sponsored by Seagram, a Canadian Whiskey company.

Protests have marred the Grand National for many years by anti-racing lobbyists, but the biggest threat came in 1997 when bomb threats were received from the IRA.

The race was run two days later with 20,000 racegoers getting free admission after the race was cancelled on the Saturday.

The purse was increased to £1 million in 2014.

Grand National Betting

The Grand National isn't a race for bettors that like to take short odds.

There's rarely a short-odds favourite and this is due to the large number of participants and the risk factor involved.

The risk of falling is high in the Grand National so just crossing the line is victory in itself, but this makes it tough for bettors to assess the race.

No runner from 2009-2017 has paid less than 10/1, with the majority of winners paying around 14/1 - 33/1.

Mon Mome won in 2009 at odds of 100/1 and it was the first time a female trainer (Venetia Williams) had won the Grand National.

There are good betting statistics which could help with finding a value runner.

The average age of the winner is 9.9 years and the nine-year-old's have a good record in the race with a 26 percent winning rate.

Avoid backing the grey horses as only three of them have won.

The average odds of the Grand National winner are 20/1, so look for the runners hovering around that price.

Grand National Betting Statistics

The Grand National is one of the biggest betting races in the world and it's good to look at the statistics for the great race.

An incredible £150 million was bet on the 2013 Grand National race itself and compared to the $350 million spent on Melbourne Cup Day, that's a big number.

25 percent of UK adults will bet on the race and 74 percent of them will back their horses each way, which is a strategy we advise.

We were a little surprised at the following statistic, but it shows that you don't need to bet much to win big on the Grand National. Over 30 percent of punters will bet £5 or more, but we thought that number would be much higher.

How do UK punters pick their Grand National runner? Only around 13 percent will pick a horse because of its form and the most popular option is the horses' name.

Colour, number and jockey also factor into punters' decisions.

Recent Grand National Winners


Year
Race Winner
2019Tiger Roll
2018Tiger Roll
2017One For Arthur
2016Rule The World
2015Many Clouds 
2014Pineau De Re 
2013Auroras Encore 
2012Neptune Collonges 
2011Ballabriggs 
2010Don't Push It 
2009Mon Mome 
2008Comply or Die 
2007Silver Birch 
2006Numbersixvalverde 
2005Hedgehunter 
2004Amberleigh House 
2003Monty's Pass 
2002Bindaree
2001Red Marauder 
2000Papillon
1999Bobbyjo
1998Earth Summit 
1997Lord Gyllene 
1996Rough Guest 
1995Royal Athlete 
1994Miinehoma
1993Did Not Run*
1992Party Politics 
1991Seagram
1990Mr Frisk 
1989Little Polveir 
1988Rhyme 'n' Reason