April 10th sees the 173rd running of this famous race and we have all the latest Grand National odds.
We’ll let you know how the odds are formulated as well as how they look for the 2021 renewal. Check out the main contenders and find out who is offering the best* betting prices across the board.
Grand National Betting Odds | Ante-Post
Now that the National is over for another year, here is the list of top places in the 2021 race:
|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.
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Grand National 2021 Runners
Once again, there are some fascinating contenders for the National. As part of our Grand National betting guide 2021, we take a look at seven of the well-backed horses looking to add their name to the list of greats. Get a complete overview of the Grand National betting tips here.
Cloth Cap Tips
- Age: 9
- Weight: 10-5
- Form: 328-31
- Trainer: Jonjo O’Neill
Jonjo O’Neill’s gelding has led the way in the Grand National ante-post odds since November. His win in the Ladbrokes Trophy was stunning and he is peaking at just the right time. Owner Trevor Hemmings has already won this 3 times and knows exactly what it takes to land the big one.
Burrows Saint Tips
- Age: 8
- Weight: 10-13
- Form: 531-26
- Trainer: Willie Mullins
Burrows Saint is fairly inexperienced over fences but is an Irish National winner. His Grand National odds have been steady as he is seen as being prepared specifically for this race. The fact is, Willie Mullins’ runner hasn’t jumped a fence since 2019 and may struggle around Aintree.
Kimberlite Candy Tips
- Age: 9
- Weight: 10-10
- Form: P/21-2
- Trainer: Tom Lacey
Kimberlite Candy’s Grand National betting odds took a tumble when he scooted home in a 3m5f race at Warwick last winter. He didn’t go for the 2020 National, but he’s been wrapped in cotton wool since then and should be ready. His runner-up effort at 14/1 in the Becher over these fences proved his well-being and liking for the track.
Any Second Now Tips
- Age: 9
- Weight: 10-9
- Form: 31-99P
- Trainer: Ted Walsh
One of three in our list for prominent owner JP McManus, Any Second Now needs to overcome some questionable form. His Grand National odds appear to have been formulated based on his Kim Muir win at the Cheltenham Festival, but that was two years ago now.
- Age: 7
- Weight: 11-10
- Form: 1111-4
- Trainer: David Cottin
The French-trained runner has a lot of weight, but gone are the days when such types couldn’t win this race. Easysland beat Tiger Roll fair and square at last year’s Cheltenham Festival and has proven his class. He stays very well and his cross-country form should transfer to the National fences.
Minella Times has been allocated 10.-3 for the Grand National which is just three pounds above the bottom weight. No horse has won carrying such a lightweight this century, except Auroras Encore who won the Grand National in 2013 of the same weight. Minella Rimes could be thrown in at that weight.
The horse is trained by Henry de Bromhead who won the three biggest prizes at the Cheltenham Festival this year and no trainer has achieved that in the past. Rachael Blackmore was the best jockey at Cheltenham and has the confidence to make history by winning on Minella Times as a female.
Magic Of Light
Magic Of Light has course and distance form after finishing second behind Tiger Roll in the 2019 Grand National. Magic of Light as two lights adrift off the line carrying 10-11. The horse has not been given the chance to reverse the form in the last two years and would have been closely matched with Tiger Roll. We will never the outcome of a rematch.
Magic Of Light won a Listed mares’ chase at Ascot in December 2020 and was then second in a Graded mares’ hurdle over almost three miles in January at Newbury. She was out of her depth in the mares’ chase at Cheltenham before running in the Grand National at Aintree should see some improvement so Magic of Light can make the frame again
Grand National Odds – How to Find the Best Value
Value can mean two things and they are both important. One definition of value is to get the best price for your horse. If one bookmaker is offering 20/1 and another 25/1, why would you take the smaller price?
That is simple enough of course, and it’s easy to shop around to find the best odds. The true meaning of value, however, is finding a horse whose general price is not too short, to begin with.
There are 40 horses in the Grand National. Even if you believe they cannot all win, a group of at least 20 must be in with a realistic chance of success. So, even at around 10/1, the favourites are rarely what you’d call ‘good value’ in this race.
Those at around 20/1, 25/1 or even up to 40/1 still have the form to do well. They are genuine contenders, but their odds offer you the chance to play small and take fewer risks. In this case, you’d call these types good value bets.
Betting on the day of the Grand National is incredibly exciting. Some of the best value however can be found in the ante-post markets.
Ante-post simply means betting in advance. Before the final declarations are made (two days before the race), all Grand National odds are considered ‘ante-post’.
As many more horses than the final 40 are named in these markets, the Grand National odds are bigger. If you have a strong fancy for the race, it makes sense to back it ante-post and claim, say 66/1 instead of 33/1.
Even better now is the advent of NRNB. ‘Non-runner, no bet’ means you can bet ante-post and if your horse doesn’t run, you get your money back.
Grand National Odds Explained
Horse racing odds are among the things in this sport that many people do not understand. Here’s our explanation of what they mean and how they are formulated.
What are Grand National Odds?
All odds, including Grand National live horse racing odds on the day, are simply a reflection of the perceived chance of a horse in a race.
So, imagine there was a three-runner race in which all participants were thought to have the same chance. This would mean they should each be priced at 2/1.
Within their horse racing odds though, bookmakers have to add in their profit. The bookmakers will formulate their odds based on what sort of percentage chance they believe each horse has, and shave a few % off so that, in theory, whichever horse wins will still lead to them making money overall.
Because there are 40 runners in the race, the Grand National betting odds are always big. This is what has made the race so popular with once-a-year gamblers. Usually, no matter who wins the race, those who backed it will be in for quite a bit of profit!
Who Decides the Horse Racing Odds?
There are two answers to this. Each individual bookmaker employs odds compilers. These are industry experts who know roughly what chance each horse has, so they then price them up accordingly.
These odds change when horses run well, or badly, and also when significant money is placed on one horse. Bookmakers can, and do, move horses from say 16/1 into 12/1 when they are being well backed.
As for the SP, or ‘starting price’, that is industry-wide. Leading up to the race, each bookmaker on course and online can have different odds, but the SP’s are sacrosanct.
By the time the race is declared officially off, there will be a consensus of what price each horse should be based on their odds with the main bookmakers on track. So, while Cloth Cap may have been 9/2 with one or two layers in the ring, if he was generally a 4/1 shot with most of them then that is what formed his official SP.
The starting price then is official. However, betting online and in advance of the race means you can check around for the best horse racing odds.
Why do Grand National Odds Change?
The Grand National live horse racing odds always fascinate people watching on TV. It’s always exciting if you’ve backed a horse at 40/1 and then it tumbles all the way down to 16/1.
These price changes are an industry reaction to the perceived strength or weakness of a horse by the betting public.
Bookmakers adjust their prices accordingly to balance their books. If a horse they advertised at 20/1 now has many bets on it, their liabilities grow. This may well happen because the horse genuinely has a great chance, so the bookies shave the odds of the said horse to ensure they don’t pay out as much if it wins.
When that happens, one or two other horses are bound to ‘drift’. Drifting in the market means the price is going up. This happens when it’s thought the horse doesn’t have such a big chance, but it’s not always a reliable indicator.
What Grand National Odds to Look For | Tips
Backing the winner of this race has never been considered easy. Grand National betting odds are competitive, with winners in the last ten years coming at 25/1, 33/1 and even 66/1.
Even with Tiger Roll odds in 2019 (4/1 favourite) skewing the figures, the average price of a winner in the last ten renewals has been 23/1. Taking out the 66/1 shot and the 4/1 shot, the average is 20/1.
With this in mind, it’s fair to say we should never simply concentrate on the favourites in this race. That said, those huge 66/1 and 100/1 winners are also rare meaning we have a group to concentrate on. Generally speaking, those in the 10/1 – 33/1 bracket are most likely to produce the winner of the race.
Don’t be scared then to go for something with juicy Grand National betting odds. Should the favourite on the day be c10/1, a horse with a strong form at 20/1+ can’t be considered an ‘outsider’.
There are often horses priced up at 40/1 in the Grand National ante-post odds book who have every chance of landing a blow, so don’t get too hung up on those at the top of the market based on reputation.
Tiger Roll – Withdrawn From 2021 Grand National
Tiger Roll has been withdrawn from the Grand National as of March 2nd, 2021.
- Age: 11
- Weight: 11-9
- Form: 52-P6
- Trainer: Gordon Elliott
Tiger Roll odds have crept up over the last few months. His form isn’t the same as when winning this race in 2018 and 2019, but he remains a crowd favourite. His owner is often critical of the weights, and 11st 9lbs is a lot for him to carry in his current form.