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If you cast your mind back to the cursed year that was 2020 then you’ll remember the Grand National – and Tiger Roll’s historic attempt to win the race three years in a row – was scrapped. A Virtual Grand National based on computer simulations was run instead, with Potters Corner emerging as the winner. Let’s be honest, it wasn’t quite the same but, barring another twist in the coronavirus tail, it will be run for real this year. Hallelujah!
The world’s greatest steeplechase is just around the corner and it’s fair to say excitement is building at Paddy Power – there’s just the small matter of the Cheltenham Festival first! Paddy Power News brings you everything you need to know ahead of this year’s big race.
When is the Grand National 2021?
The 173rd running of the Grand National will take place at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday April 10. It is the crowning jewel of Aintree’s three-day Grand National Festival, which begins on Thursday April 8.
What time is the Grand National 2021?
It will be a late afternoon start for the horses and jockeys with the 4m 2f 74yds race scheduled to get underway at 5.15pm.
Will racing fans be allowed to attend the Grand National 2021?
The United Kingdom has been in and out of national lockdowns and tier systems since March 2020 due to the coronavirus. All horse racing was initially suspended until last summer when it restarted behind closed doors. A limited number of spectators were even allowed to attend racecourses up and down the country before a second wave of positive cases in the autumn.
The UK entered a third national lockdown to combat the rising tide of coronavirus cases at the start of January. Restrictions are expected to begin easing in early March and it’s currently unknown if crowds will be permitted at Aintree for the Grand National.
Who are the 40 runners and riders in the Grand National 2021?
The deadline for entries passed on February 2 and a total of 106 horses were vying to make the cut. Tiger Roll heads the list, which will be gradually whittled down to 40 runners and riders. The weights were revealed on February 16 before the first round of cuts is made on March 2. A second round of scratchings follows three weeks later before the five-day confirmation stage on April 5. The final field and reserves will be confirmed at the final declaration stage on April 8.
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Which horses have won the last five Grand Nationals?
2019 – Tiger Roll (Horse), Davy Russell (Jockey), Gordon Elliott (Trainer)
2018 – Tiger Roll, Davy Russell, Gordon Elliott
2017 – One For Arthur, Derek Fox, Lucinda Russell
2016 – Rule The World, David Mullins, Mouse Morris
2015 – Many Clouds, Leighton Aspell, Oliver Sherwood
What are the latest odds for the Grand National 2021?
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