- The 173rd Grand National takes place this weekend at Aintree Racecourse
- Tiger Roll pulled out of history-making attempt
- Competitive field, with Any Second Now current market leader
The world’s most famous horse race takes place this weekend at Aintree Racecourse, as 40 horses compete over four and a half miles for a place in the history books. The Grand National will see the field compete two circuits of the iconic track, with 30 fences tackled. But, which horse could be the first past the post?
Grand National 2021 Schedule
- When: Saturday, 10th April 12:15 PM ET
- Where: Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool
- How To Watch: ITV (via VPN USA)
Horse Racing Odds
|Any Second Now||+1000|
|Magic Of Light||+2000|
Grand National 2021 Preview
Trends & Important Stats
Many compare finding the winner of the Grand National to picking the winning lottery numbers. That couldn’t be more true than trying to find the winner of the 2021 National. The absence of Tiger Roll, who was pulled out for handicap reasons, makes this a compelling race.
There are a number with an excellent chance, but assessing keys trends is the best way to narrow down the field.
Here are some of the trends that are worth noting:
- Age- Eight of the last eleven winners have been aged between 9 and 11
- Odds- Only two of the previous eleven favorites have won the Grand National
- Form- Three of the last eleven winners have won their final prep run before the Grand National
- Weight- The most common average for handicap for the race is between 10 st 6 lbs and 11st 6 lbs
- Aintree Experience- Ten of the previous eleven winners have had a previous run at Aintree before the National
- Previous Runs- All eleven previous winners have run at least three times during the season leading up to the National
Leading Contenders For The Grand National
Cloth Cap is the favorite with many sportsbooks to win the Grand National this year, and it isn’t hard to see why. The nine-year-old has run three times this season, and has won his last two. His most recent success at Kelso over just under two miles eight furlongs resulted with an excellent seven and a half length victory. Lack of experience around Aintree may be a slight concern, but he has proven staying power and all the credentials for a strong run.
Former Welsh Grand National winners Secret Reprieve and Potters Corner have decent chances. Secret Reprieve won the delayed Welsh National in commanding fashion, and will be carrying a decent weight for the National. Potters Corner won the Virtual National last year, and has run on three occasions this season. The eleven-year-old has run at Aintree on two previous occasions, and could be a decent each-way price.
Any Second Now was pulled up last time out over three miles, and looked far more comfortable over two miles at Navan in March. Burrows Saint is a previous Irish National winner, and has strong claims for National success. Discorama has been a market mover over the past couple of days, and will be one of the freshest horses in the contest having previously run in November.
The Storyteller finished nine lengths behind Flooring Porter at the Cheltenham Festival, but has good experience over three miles. Acapella Bourgeois could be a decent priced outside chance. The Willie Mullins-trained horse won over three miles and one furlong last time out, and finished second behind dual Gold Cup-winner Al Boum Photo on New Year’s Day at Tramore.
Grand National 2021 Prediction & Pick
Who will win the Grand National 2021:
We ran through a few of the National contenders, but it still hard to ignore Cloth Cap. The Jonjo O’Neill-trained horse has been in excellent form this season, and the distance will suit. Aintree experience may be a slight negative, but one that we could work past. Acapella Bourgeois and Potters Corner will also be excellent each-way chances.
- Cloth Cap (Win)
- Potters Corner (Each-Way)
- Acapella Bourgeois (Each-Way)