Grand National

The Grand National is the most famous jumps race in the world and takes place over spruce-covered fences at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool. It is one of the most iconic races in the world, famed for its drama, the unique challenge it presents and as a thrilling racing spectacle. 

It is the highlight of a three-day meeting in early April named the Randox Grand National Festival. The Festival features many of the top horses from the Cheltenham Festival competing against each other again.

The Grand National is the cherry on top of this week of top-class racing and one of the undoubted highlights of the national hunt season It is a race where the best horses from the UK and Ireland compete for amazing prize money, prestige and a place in history.

The Grand National itself is the most popular betting race of the year and is watched by a global TV audience of around 600 million people.

Famous previous winners have included household names, including Red Rum (1973, 1974, 1977), Tiger Roll (2018. 2019) and Aldaniti (1981).

The current Grand National 2021 favourite is Cloth Cap (whose form this season has been amazing) owned by Trevor Hemmings, and the race is to be held on Saturday 10th April 2021 at 5.15pm.

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Grand National

Race Overview – The Randox Grand National

The Aintree Grand National is a handicap chase over an extended four miles, with a total of thirty fences to be jumped. It is one of the most gruelling races in the world; horse and jockey need a blend of stamina, guts, accurate jumping and luck to win the race. 

It was first run in 1839 with victory going to the appropriately-named Lottery.

The 30 fences are large and include what have become household names, such as the notorious Becher’s Brook, Valentines and The Chair – where many races have been won and lost over the years.

Only four other races take place over the Grand National fences at Aintree each season, these are; The Grand Sefton Chase and The Becher Chase in December and The Topham Trophy and Fox Hunters’ Chase at the Grand National Festival meeting.

The 2021 Grand National is the most valuable steeplechase in Europe with prize money of £1 million, the winner reciving a whopping £375,000. It’s a race owners, trainers and jockeys dream of winning. And horses too!

There have been changes to the Grand National course and entry system in recent years. This has been in order to improve the safety for both horse and rider. That said, it still remains a gruelling test and one of the most coveted prizes in the world of sport. Every year it produces a race to saviour and a great story behind it.

Grand National betting is available throughout the year but begins in earnest with the publication of the weights in mid-February.

This top horse racing event is broadcast live on ITV (by the excellent ITV Racing team) and is watched by millions of racing fans throughout the world. However, you will be able to live stream the Grand National via an online bookmakers website or betting app (providing you have an online betting account), should you not be near a TV. You need not miss the action whenever you are!

The race is naturally one of the favourite races of the teams here at British Racecourses.

The 2021 Grand National is sponsored by Randox and the likely favourite is Cloth Cap.

Randox Grand National 2021 Odds

Here is the current betting for the Randox Grand National, held on Saturday 10th April 2021 at Aintree:

  • Cloth Cap 4-1
  • Any Second Now 10-1
  • Minella Times 14-1
  • Kimberlite Candy 14-1
  • Burrows Saint 14-1
  • Secret Reprieve 16-1
  • Discorama 16-1
  • Magic Of Light 20-1
  • Potters Corner 25-1
  • Bristol de Mai 28-1
  • Anibale Fly – 28-1
  • Lord du Mesnil 33-1
  • Acapella Bourgeois 33-1
  • Yala Enki – 40-1
  • Balko des Flos – 66-1
  • Tout est Permis 125-1

The Randox Grand National race odds will fluctuate in price right up until the time of the event, with big market moves expected on the day of the race.

Odds comparison websites like Oddschecker will have up to date Aintree Grand National odds for the 2021 spectacle, it is always good to check around and compare bookmakers to make sure you get great betting odds and therefore the best returns for your money should you win.

Many of the best horse racing betting sites will also have fantastic sign-up offers for new customers, whilst existing customers can also benefit from enhanced place terms (sometimes down to seventh place), money back offers, a wide range of special bets and sometimes even free bets.

Randox Grand National Tips

Our ante-post Grand National tips are:

  • 1 point win on BURROWS SAINT who is trained by great Willie Mullins
  • 1 point each way on KIMBERLITE CANDY who is trained by Tom Lacey in the famous JP McManus colours

Other horses to look out for in the race include Lake View Lad, Give Me a Copper, Mister Malarky, Alpha Des Obeaux and Ok Corral. Also Bristol de Mai, Magic of Light, Acapella Bourgeois and, at bigger odds, Vieux Lion Rouge.

Whilst jockeys to consider include Tom Scudamore and Rachael Blackmore, whilst we think trainer Jonjo O’Neill and Henry De Bromhead are to be feared.

The ante-post betting odds are showing around 4-1 the field.

If you are looking to place a bet in the run-up to the race, keep a close eye on the market leaders to see if odds are shortening or wager early in the ante-post betting odds markets to find greater value.

If you are lucky enough to win on the Grand National use our Grand National bet calculator to work out your winnings.

Famous Aintree Grand National Winners and Losers

Both winners and losers of the race go down in history, some great horses have included the below:

Red Rum – The Grand National Iconic

Red Rum is the only horse to win three Aintree Grand Nationals.

His first time came in 1973 is remembered as one of the most thrilling Grand Nationals ever run. He came from an impossible position to wear down the long-time leader Crisp, who was a superb and talented Australian chaser.

He then defeated L’Escargot in 1974 with the runner-up gaining his revenge the following year.

Rag Trade defeated Red Rum in 1976 but he returned to gain a record third success at the age of 12 in 1977.

Devon Loch – The Most Unlucky Loser

Crisp is not the only unlucky loser to go down in Grand National folklore.

The most famous loser in the history of the race was Devon Loch, owned by Her Majesty The Queen Mother.

He was clear on the run-on in 1956, only to spook at something and come to an abrupt halt. He seemingly jumped a shadow with the winning post in sight.

Aldaniti – A Heart-Warming Story

The Grand National produced another epic story In 1981 when Bob Champion rode Aldaniti to victory.

Champion recovered from cancer to ride in the race while his mount had returned from a career-threatening injury.

The race inspired the movie “Champions”, starring John Hurt and Edward Woodward.

The Race that Never Was

In 1993 the race was declared void after several jockeys failed to realise there had been a false start.

Jockey John White completed the course in front on Esha Ness, only to be informed of the chaos behind him after passing the post.

Bomb Threat Cancellation

Four years later the race had to be abandoned on the Saturday after the course was cleared in the wake of a bomb threat.

The race eventually took place on Monday with Tony Dobbin winning aboard Lord Gyllene.

Key Grand National Trials

Previous form over the big Aintree fences is a plus when assessing your Grand National tips.

Some horses do not take to the fences and you will know your fate very early in the race.

Ten of the last 12 Grand National winners had at least one previous run at Aintree racecourse.

Horses that raced at the Cheltenham Festival the previous month also do well here.

The Cross Country Chase was the stepping-stone to the National for Tiger Roll in 2018 and 2019. Don’t Push It and Pineau De Re had warmed up for Aintree by running in the Pertemps Hurdle Final and Many Clouds had finished sixth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, he was also a great Hennessey Gold Cup winner.

The Haydock Park Grand National Trial, Eider Chase and Welsh Grand National have provided surprisingly few Aintree clues. These events can be very testing and it is possible that the winners often leave their Grand National hopes behind by having such a hard race.

Grand National Betting Trends

Betting on the Grand National is regarded as a bit of a lottery and recent results certainly support that theory.

Mon Mome was a shock winner at 100-1 in 2009 with Auroras Encore returning at 66-1 in 2013. Neptune Collonges (2012) and Rule The World (2016) both won at 33-1 while Pineau De Re (2014) and Many Clouds (2015) were both 25-1 outsiders.

Prior to Mon Mome’s victory, Foinavon (1967) had provided the biggest Grand National betting upset when scoring at 100-1. His success came when he was the only horse to safely navigate the 23rd fence after loose horses caused havoc. The fence, the smallest on the course, is now named after him.

There have only been two clear favourites to oblige in recent years, Hedgehunter in 2005 and Tiger Roll in 2019.

Don’t Push It (2010) was joint-favourite after a huge gamble on Tony McCoy’s mount on the day of the race.

Aintree Grand National Stats

Here are some top Grand National facts:

  • The class of Grand National entries has improved in line with the safety improvements.
  • Horses rated 148 and over have the best recent record in the race.
  • Following a run of three consecutive eleven-year-olds, horses aged 8 or 9 have won the last five renewals (as of 2020)
  • The last twelve-year-old to win was Amberleigh House in 2004.
  • Stamina is a key factor in finding the Grand National winner. All but one of the last time twelve winners had won at least once over three miles or further.
  • All of them had raced ten or more times over fences and at least three times during the current season.
  • It is part of the Grand National Festival which has nine grade one races as part of its programme, including the Aintree Bowl and Aintree Hurdle. The Grand National Festival is one of the major UK yearly sporting events with the infamous Ladies Day on the Friday.
  • Winning the Grand National is often years in the planning for owner, trainer and horse.
  • 600 million people watch the race on TV across the globe.
  • Randox Health is the current sponsor of the race in 2021.
  • Many bookies offer a free bet or free bets on the Grand National when looking to attract new customers.

Aintree Top Trainers and Jockeys at The Grand National Festival

Gordon Elliott has now won the Grand National race on three occasions; Silver Birch (2007) and Tiger Roll (2018, 2019). He needs one more winner to equal the record shared by George Dockeray, Fred Rimell and Ginger McCain.

This race has so far eluded Nicky Henderson who finished runner-up with his first National runner Zongalero back in 1979.

The leading jockey in the history of the race is George Stevens who won the race five times between 1856 and 1870.

Richard Johnson has ridden in the race 21 times without success, coming closest on What’s Up Boys who finished second in 2002. He will take heart from the fact that Tony McCoy did not ride the Grand National until his fifteenth ride aboard Don’t Push It (2010). Other great previous jockeys include Ruby Walsh.

In 2020 a “virtual Grand National” was run after the race was suspended due to Covid 19.

Popular Questions

How to Place a Bet on Grand National 2021?

Placing a bet on the Grand National is easy. The most popular way to now place a bet is online or through an app. The best Grand National betting sites in our opinion are:

If you are a new customer, many offer a risk free bet and other great perks. Check out the above and you could get yourself a great offer, free bet or enhanced odds.

Is Grand National 2021 Cancelled?

No, although crowds are not allowed onto the racecourse this year due to restrictions, the race still goes ahead.

The confirmed date is Saturday 10th April 2021 at 5.15pm.

What horse is going to win the Grand National?

As usual The 2021 Grand National looks like a tricky race to predict. Likely favourite Cloth Cap (who won the Ladbrokes Trophy) has solid claim and Secret Reprieve (winner of the Welsh National) has proven stamina which is also a bonus. Another one who will stay the trip is Burrows Saint (who won the 2019 Irish Grand National) and is trained by Willie Mullins.

We think whoever jockey Rachael Blackmore decides to ride will prove to be popular as well.

What time is the Grand National today?

The 201 Grand National is 5.15pm on Saturday 10th April.

What is the Grand National?

The Grand National is the most popular and well-known horse race in the world. It happens in Aintree, Merseyside in the UK every April. It is ran over 4 miles and 2 furlongs, with thirty large fences to be jumped.

The most famous winner is 3 time winner – Red Rum.

It is currently called the Randox Grand National, as it is sponsored by Randox Health.

When is the Grand National?

The date changes each year, but it is typically in early April.

In 2021, the date is Saturday 10th April.

Last year’s winner was the virtual Potters Bar and before that Tiger Roll won it for two years running, two years ago.

How long is the Grand National?

The official distance is 4m 2f 74y (4 miles 2 furlongs and 74 yards).

There are a total of thirty fences to be jumped (unless otherwise stated, sometimes fences may be committed during the course of the race).

Who owns the Grand National?

Nobody owns the Grand National as such.

Race sponsors change every year, in 2021 the race is sponsored by Randox Health.

Summary of The Aintree Grand National

Grand National Day at Aintree racecourse is one of the most exciting sporting occasions of the year. The big race happens on the third and final day of the Grand National Festival.

Approximately 600 million of “once a year” punters have a flutter on the Grand National and watch the thrills and spills live from Aintree racecourse, on its unique national course, on their television sets.

Legends like Red Rum and Aldaniti have put horse racing on the front page of newspapers.

The winner of the Grand National always goes down in history and is fondly remembered.

Tiger Roll was denied the chance to equal Red Rum’s record of three victories (Red Rum’s record third Grand National win came way back in 1977) by the Coronavirus Pandemic in 2020 (a Virtual Grand National was run in its place).

Best Grand National Betting Sites 2021

If you are looking to bet online on the 2021 Grand National we recommend the following great 2021 Grand National Betting Sites:

You should make sure that your chosen bookmaker offers the “Best Odds Guaranteed promise” as the starting prices are almost always shorter, you can be confident all the ones listed above do. Many of them are also offering free bets to attract new customers, with a first bet qualifying bet (T&Cs apply). They also have a wide variety of betting methods payments.

If you do choose to bet, please bet responsibly.