Horse Racing: Grand National 2021 Preview

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Looking to place a bet on the Grand National but don’t know where to start? This article is just for you. In this piece I will be running through the event, who is running and at what odds. So sit back and learn everything there is to know about this year’s Grand National. 

History of the Grand National

The Grand National has a long and prestigious history with the first race being held all the way back in 1839 and is one of the standout events in the horse racing calendar. The Grand National is the most popular race for people who don’t usually bet or follow horse racing.

The race itself is a handicap steeplechase. Handicap meaning it is a mixed weight race, so lighter, faster horses must carry some weight to even the playing field. Steeplechase means that the horses must jump fences and ditch obstacles. 

The Grand National is the most valuable jump race in Europe with a purse of £1 million. The race is held at Aintree Racecourse, where it has been for the past 182 years. 

The race first had a field of 17 horses but now the field is around 40 horses each year, which has caused some controversy.

What horses are running in this year’s Grand National? 

The Grand National always boasts a great line-up of previously successful horses and some of the best jockeys in the world. Here are some of the most favoured runners in this year’s race:

  • Cloth Cap 9/2 (F)*
  • Burrows Saint 10/1
  • Minella Times 10/1
  • Any Second Now 11/1
  • Kimberlite Candy 14/1
  • Discorama 16/1
  • Magic of Light 20/1
  • Potters Corner 20/1
  • Farclas 20/1
  • Takingrisks 25/1
  • Bristol De Mai 28/1
  • Anibale Fly 28/1
  • Milan Native 28/1
  • Acapella Bourgeois 33/1
  • Mister Malarky 33/1
  • Lord Du Mesnil 33/1
  • Yala Enki 40/1
  • Shattered Love 40/1
  • Class Conti 40/1
  • Canelo 40/1
  • Chris’s Dream 50/1
  • Definitly Red 50/1
  • Vieux Lion Rouge 50/1
  • Lake View Lad 66/1
  • Talkischeap 66/1
  • Balko Des Flos 66/1
  • Alpha Des Obeaux 66/1
  • Jett 66/1
  • Sub Lieutenant 66/1
  • Hogan’s Height 66/1
  • Blaklion 66/1
  • Ballyoptic 80/1
  • Ok Corral 80/1
  • The Long Mile 80/1
  • Give Me A Copper 80/1
  • Minellacelebration 100/1
  • Tout Est Permis 125/1
  • Cabaret Queen 125/1
  • Double Shuffle 125/1
  • Ami Desbois 125/1


There are some notable jockeys racing in the Grand National this year including Patrick Mullins and Rachael Blackmore.

This year’s Grand National race starts at 17:15 on Saturday April 10.

We hope this guide has given you everything you need to place your bets on the Grand National this year. Make sure to read some of our sports betting guides to claim some bonus bets for the Grand National. Always make sure to gamble responsibly, only gamble with what you can afford to lose and set limits where possible. Good luck!