This is an ante-post betting guide for the Grand National favourites in 2021. The race takes place at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool on April 10, 2021. Bookmakers have issued ante-post odds so we look at the best odds and favourites for the 10 leading contenders. The regular place terms are one quarter the win odds for the first four places. Ante-Post stakes are lost if the backed horse is withdrawn.
2021 Grand National Results
This table highlights the bookmakers best SPs for the top winners at the Grand National 2021.
|Grand National Results|
|1. Minella Times||11/1*||11/1*||11/1*|
|2. Balko Des Flos||100/1*||100/1*||100/1*|
|3. Any Second Now||15/2*||15/2*||15/2*|
|4. Burrows Saint||9/1*||9/1*||9/1*|
|9. Cabaret Queen||33/1*||33/1*||33/1*|
*All Odds are subject to change.
You can refer to Grand National favourites’ background information for each horse before deciding on your Grand National winner bets. When choosing an operator to bet with, we always recommend having a look at their Grand National Betting Offers. There is always a great deal of speculation about the Grand National favourites.
The race is wide open and many horses have the potential to be the Grand National winner. The Grand National Odds are not the only thing you should look at; Here we provide some of the most relevant facts that you require to select your bets from the Grand National favourites 2021.
2021 Favourite Runners
The Grand National is a handicap which means horses are allocated a weight based on their proven form and ability. The purpose of the weights is to give each horse an equal chance. However, you often get unexposed horses who are better than anything they have shown on the track. The handicapper also considers form over the course at Aintree.
The weights were announced on 16 February and there was plenty of betting on the Grand National favourites 2021. Bookmakers will offer extra places and non-runner/no bet nearer to race day. There should be plenty of offers related to the Grand National favourites in the lead up to the race on the second Saturday in April.
It is difficult to pick the Grand National winner because of the nature of the race. There is usually a maximum field of 40 runners who race over four miles and two and a half furlongs and 30 fences. Here is a form guide to the top 10 Grand National favourites in the betting at the end of February and we hope this list includes the winner of the 2021 Grand National. Crowd favourite and back to back winner Tiger Roll will not be competing in the Grand National 2021. This decision was made by his owners, one month before the race.
Please Note: Records are correct as of 22 February 2021.
|Regular Jockey||Tom Scudamore|
Cloth Cap won the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury in November. The race is one of the major handicap chases of the season and often identifies Grand National favourites. Cloth Cap is owned by Sir Trevor Hemmings. He is a wealthy businessman who wears a cloth cap when he goes to the races so his horse would be a fitting winner.
Hemmings has won the Grand National three times: Hedgehunter (2005), Ballabriggs (2011) and Many Clouds (2015). Cloth Cap is trained by Jonjo O’Neill who won the race with Don’t Push it in 2010. The horse ticks many of the boxes for the Grand National favourites and has the attributes to provide Hemmings with a fourth win.
|Regular Jockey||Jockey Richie McLernon|
Kimberlite Candy has twice finished second in the Becher Chase which is run over the Grand National course and obstacles. The race is shorter than the Grand National but is often a good trial and prep race. Kimberlite Candy was running on at the end of both races which suggests the distance of the Grand National will not be a problem.
The horse is trained by Tom Lacey who has never won the Grand National. The regular jockey is Richie McLernon and he is also not a National winner. Kimberlite Candy has the form and ability to make the frame and deserves to be one of the leading Grand National favourites in 2021. The horse is a sound jumper and should complete the course.
Any Second Now
|Regular Jockey||Richie McLernon|
Any Second Now is the best Irish-trained of the Grand National favourites. The horse is trained by Red Walsh who won the Grand National in 2000 with Papillon, ridden by his son Ruby. That winner was aged 9 and Any Second Now is a nine-year-old. The horse has been given a chance by the handicapper and will be racing off a winnable mark.
Any Second Now was trained for the 2020 Grand National which was cancelled. He has some decent form at a good level, including winning a handicap chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Any Second Now has the right profile for the race and justified his position in the betting as one of the Grand National favourites 2021.
|Regular Jockey||Rachael Blackmore|
Minella Times is trained by Henry de Bromhead who became the first trainer to win the three biggest prizes at the Cheltenham Festival this year. Rachael Blackmore was the leading jockey and could become the first lady to win the Grand National.
The horse ran two solid races in handicap chases at Leopardstown at the of last year and in February. The handicapper has given the horse a chance to make history for the jockey.
|Regular Jockey||Rachael Blackmore|
Burrows Saint is trained by Willie Mullins who won the Grand National with Hedgehunter in 2005. The Irish trainer is the leading trainer at the Cheltenham festival so focuses on a horse that can run in grade races. However, he prepared Burrow Saint to win the Irish Grand National in 2019. That race is a handicap run over three miles and five furlongs and a good trial for the Grand National.
The regular jockey is Rachael Blackmore who is one of the leading riders in Ireland. No female has ridden the winner of the Grand National so Burrows Saint could make history. The horse has underperformed in his last two races. The target for over two years has been the Aintree Grand National and the horse is racing off a manageable weight.
|Regular Jockey||Jack Tudor|
As the 2020 Grand National was cancelled a virtual race took place with bookmakers donating some takings to charity. Potters Corner won the virtual race so must have the attributes to be one of the Grand National favourites. The result is unlikely to be replicated in the real race but Potters Corner will have plenty of backers because of the result of the virtual race.
Potters Corner won the Welsh National in December 2019 so is proven over extreme distances and many obstacles. The course at Chepstow is undulating but Aintree is flat but the form is solid in the context of the Grand National. The regular rider, Jack Tudor, has not finished in the frame in the Grand National and the trainer had not won the race.
Magic Of Light
|Regular Jockey||Robbie Power|
Magic of Light was second behind Tiger Roll in the 2019 Grand National. The horses are now closely matched at the weights and both have about the same chance to win the Grand National. Magic Of Light is now vastly experienced and at the age of 10 is a good age to win the race. The horse’s last run was a disappointing effort at Cheltenham but Aintree is more suited to the horse.
Magic Of Light is trained by Jessica Harrington in Ireland. If successful in the National, she would join Jenny Pitman, Venetia Williams and Lucinda Russell as lady trainers who have won the race. Regular rider Robbie Power was aboard Silver Birch when that horse won the Grand National in 2007. Magic Of Light is proven over the Grand National course and distance and can make the frame again.
|Regular Jockey||Nico de Boinville|
Santini is trained by Nicky Henderson who has not won the Grand National. For a trainer who has won the trainer’s championship, he has a poor record in the race. Nico de Boinville has also not won the race but Santini is one of his best chances. The horse has the form and jumping ability to be one of the Grand National contenders.
Santini was a fast-finishing second in the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup last March. Santini hardly got a run in this year’s race and was pulled up after the first circuit. Santini is one of the classier runners in the entries and could carry the weight to provide Henderson and Boinville their first wins in the Aintree race.
|Regular Jockey||Keith Donoghue|
The Storyteller prep race for the Grand National was the stayers’ hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. The horse ran a solid race without looking like winning but it was a good run out before the National but the weight could be an issue.
The Storyteller was second behind Kemboy in the Grade 1 Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown over Christmas so in theory is one of the best chasers in Ireland. However, the horse needs to be exceptional to win the Grand National off almost top weight.
Grand National Favourites | Ante-Post Betting Guide
Here are some betting trends for the Grand National winners from 2000 to 2019:
- The average Starting Price is almost 25/1.
- There have been two outright favourites.
- There have been two joint favourites.
- The SP range is 4/1 to 100/1.
- Only one at single figure odds.
- 18 at double figure odds.
- One at treble figure odds.
- Most common range of odds: 25/1 to 33/1 with 6 wins.
- Most common odds: 33/1 with 4 wins.
Other trends from 2010 to 2019:
- All aged 8 to 11.
- All but one had won over three miles and longer.
- Nine had finished in the first three over three miles and two furlongs and beyond.
- Nine had not won more than two races that season.
- Eight had an Official Raring from 148 to 160.
Please Note: The Grand National did not take place in 2020.
The 2021 race is highly competitive with no clear favourite at this stage. There will be plenty of ante-post betting before the race. That will increase when bookmakers introduce the non-runner/no bet concession. That means all ante-post stakes will be returned if a backed horse is taken out of the race. This information should help you decide which of the Grand National runners to back.