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The Grand National offers a shot at racing immortality for horses, jockeys and trainers alike – and plenty of runners are hoping to take their place in the history books by winning the 2021 renewal. It’ll be an extra special running of the greatest steeplechase in the world after last year’s race was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. COVID really has a lot to answer for…
Tiger Roll was robbed of the chance to make it three wins in successive years thanks to the pesky virus – and owners Gigginstown withdrew the much-loved 11-year-old from this year’s renewal due to an “unfair weight burden”. The 2018 and 2019 champ was included among the initial entries by the February 2 deadline but was allotted an official rating of 166 by the handicapper despite three less-than-impressive performances before winning at the Cheltenham Festival.
A total of 106 horses were entered for the 2021 Grand National so a series of scratchings took place in March and April to trim the field, which saw a number of other high-profile runners cut from proceedings and fancied favourites fail to make the final cut. It was heartbreak for Secret Reprieve’s connections and supporters as the 2020 Welsh Grand National winner failed to make the top 40 despite attracting plenty of antepost support.
Paddy Power News brings you all the confirmed runners, weights, and latest odds for the Grand National at Aintree today.
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GRAND NATIONAL RUNNERS AND WEIGHTS
1 Bristol de Mai (FR) 10 11-10 167 Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede Nigel Twiston-Davies
2 Chris’s Dream (IRE) 9 11-7 164 Robcour Henry de Bromhead IRE
3 Yala Enki (FR) 11 11-3 160 Hills of Ledbury Ltd Paul Nicholls
4 Ballyoptic (IRE) 11 11-1 158 Mills & Mason Partnership Nigel Twiston-Davies
5 Definitly Red (IRE) 12 11-1 158 Phil & Julie Martin Brian Ellison
6 Lake View Lad (IRE) 11 11-0 157 Mr Trevor Hemmings N. W. Alexander
7 Burrows Saint (FR) 8 10-13 156 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins IRE
8 Magic of Light (IRE) 10 10-13 156 Ann & Alan Potts Limited Mrs J. Harrington IRE
9 Acapella Bourgeois (FR) 11 10-12 155 Slaneyville Syndicate W. P. Mullins IRE
10 Talkischeap (IRE) 9 10-12 155 Mr Charles Dingwall Alan King
11 Tout Est Permis (FR) 8 10-12 155 Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade
12 Anibale Fly (FR) 11 10-12 155 Mr John P. McManus A. J. Martin IRE
13 Mister Malarky (GB) 8 10-12 155 Wendy & Malcolm Hezel Colin Tizzard
14 Kimberlite Candy (IRE) 9 10-10 153 Mr John P. McManus Tom Lacey
15 Any Second Now (IRE) 9 10-9 152 Mr John P. McManus T. M. Walsh IRE
16 Balko des Flos (FR) 10 10-9 152 Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead IRE
17 Alpha des Obeaux (FR) 11 10-9 152 Gigginstown House Stud Mrs Denise Foster IRE
18 Ok Corral (IRE) 11 10-8 151 Mr John P. McManus Nicky Henderson
19 Takingrisks (IRE) 12 10-7 150 Mr Frank Bird Nicky Richards
20 Shattered Love (IRE) 10 10-7 150 Gigginstown House Stud Mrs Denise Foster IRE
21 Jett (IRE) 10 10-7 150 Mr Robert Waley-Cohen Mrs J. Harrington IRE
22 Lord du Mesnil (FR) 8 10-6 149 Mr Paul Porter & Mike & Mandy Smith Richard Hobson
23 Potters Corner (IRE) 11 10-6 149 All Stars Sports Racing & J Davies Christian Williams
24 Class Conti (FR) 9 10-6 149 Mr Simon Munir/Mr Isaac Souede W. P. Mullins IRE
25 Milan Native (IRE) 8 10-6 149 Gigginstown House Stud Mrs Denise Foster IRE
26 Discorama (FR) 8 10-6 149 Thomas Friel/Andrew Gemmell Paul Nolan IRE
27 Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) 12 10-5 148 Prof Caroline Tisdall & Mr John Gent David Pipe
28 Cloth Cap (IRE) 9 10-5 148 Mr Trevor Hemmings Jonjo O’Neill
29 Cabaret Queen (GB) 9 10-5 148 Syndicates.Racing W. P. Mullins IRE
30 Minellacelebration (IRE) 11 10-5 148 Mr Nick Elliott Katy Price
31 Canelo (IRE) 8 10-4 147 Mr John P. McManus Alan King
32 The Long Mile (GB) 7 10-4 147 Mr John P. McManus J.P.Dempsey IRE
33 Give Me A Copper (IRE) 11 10-4 147 Done, Ferguson, Mason, Nicholls & Wood Paul Nicholls
34 Farclas (FR) 7 10-3 146 Gigginstown House Stud Mrs Denise Foster IRE
35 Minella Times (IRE) 8 10-3 146 Mr John P. McManus Henry de Bromhead IRE
36 Sub Lieutenant (IRE) 12 10-3 146 Ms G. Howell Georgie Howell
37 Hogan’s Height (IRE) 10 10-3 146 Foxtrot Racing: Hogan’s Height Jamie Snowden
38 Double Shuffle (IRE) 11 10-2 145 Crossed Fingers Partnership Tom George
39 Ami Desbois (FR) 11 10-2 145 The Reserved Judgment Partnership Graeme McPherson
40 Blaklion (GB) 12 10-2 145 Darren & Annaley Yates Dan Skelton
GRAND NATIONAL LATEST ODDS
Cloth Cap is the favourite in Paddy Power’s Grand National market. The Jonjo O’Neill-trained nine-year-old is unbeaten on his last two starts – November’s Grade 3 Trophy Chase win at Newbury and the Premier Chase at Kelso in March.
Willie Mullins’ Burrows Saint, who boasts a record of five wins from 20 starts under rules including the 2019 Irish Grand National, and the Ted Walsh-trained Any Second Now, an impressive 10l winner in the Grade 2 Webster Cup Chase at Navan in March are available at single-digit prices.
Cheltenham Festival Top Jockey Rachael Blackmore has been booked to ride the Henry de Bromhead-trained Minella Times which has sparked a flurry of support.
Mister Malarky has been the market mover on Grand National Saturday and is down to 12s.
Kimberlite Candy, who impressed on seasonal reappearance over the iconic Aintree fences in December’s Becher Handicap Chase, has drifted after being prominent in the antepost betting.
Discorama has also drifted out to 22s but has been tipped by Paddy Power trader Frank Hickey, who believes the Paul Nolan-trained horse has a similar profile to 2016 Grand National winner Rule The World.
Bristol De Mai – a multiple Grade 1 winner – faces the prospect of carrying top weight of 11st 10lb.
The rest of the horses entered for the 2021 Grand National are currently available for prices between 16/1 and 100/1. You can check out the full betting market by visiting Paddy Power’s dedicated Grand National tab.
GRAND NATIONAL TIPS
Frank Hickey: “The one that is just crying out to be backed – and I have backed him – is DISCORAMA for Paul Nolan. He’s what I’d call a grade-one-and-a-half horse.”
“My massive price one would be TALKISCHEAP with the decent ground massively in his favour.”
Ruby Walsh: “BURROWS SAINT is in pretty similar form to how he was last year. He hasn’t won a race since he won the Irish National in 2019, but we’re very happy with him. He’s improved a good bit since his run in the Bobbyjo Chase when he was second to Acapella Bourgeois. The big thing with him is the ground, and he is a much better horse on good ground.”
“Everyone also wants one in the National at a price, and I think CLASS CONTI could be overlooked. He was third in Thyestes, fourth in the Leinster National and I think better ground will suit him a bit.”
Mick Fitzgerald: “I have gone for ANY SECOND NOW at the top of my list as he has a very similar profile to the Ted Walsh trained winner Papillion. He is nine years old, he has a speed to win and he’s been campaigned with this race in mind for the last 2 years.”
Timeform: “CLOTH CAP has won his last two starts in impressive fashion, easily making all in both the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury and Premier Chase at Kelso. Crucially, his Kelso victory came after the weights were published, so he escapes a penalty for that wide-margin defeat of some smart rivals.”
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