- World’s richest jump race returns after cancelled 2020 event
- Tiger Roll looking for history-equalling third win
- The Grand National was first ran 181 years ago
The countdown to the most exciting horse racing steeplechase of the year is underway, as the weights for the Grand National 2021 were revealed on Tuesday afternoon. But, which ante-post selections look good value for money with just under two months to go before the huge race?
Grand National 2021 Schedule
- Where: Aintree Racecourse, Merseyside
- When: Saturday, April 10th, 12:15pm ET
- How To Watch: VPN on ITV
Grand National 2021 Vegas Odds
|Any Second Now||+2500|
|Ramses De Taillee||+2500|
Grand National 2021 Preview
Why Are The Weights So Important?
The countdown for the Randox Health Grand National got underway on Tuesday after the weights that the horses will carry for the race were revealed. It is the first significant landmark on the road to Aintree, as gamblers were given an insight into the horses that will have to carry more weight. As the Grand National is a handicap race, the better horses in terms of ratings are required to carry more weight than horses with lower ratings.
For instance, two-time winner Tiger Roll will be one weight off the top weight, which many consider to be a huge challenge for the dual winner given his performances over the past 12 months and his age. However, there has certainly been opportunities for ante-post value elsewhere in the market.
Standout Ante-Post Selections
As much as we want to talk up Tiger Roll’s chances of making history and repeating the three successes that were achieved by the immortal Red Rum, it looks incredibly unlikely that the eleven-year-old will achieve that off a weight of 11st 9lb. The weights reveal has also allowed some horses to be ruled out of contention, with Santini and Yala Enki among those.
However, the chances of horses such as Kimberlite Candy, Burrows Saint, and Cloth Cap have been increased. The latter of those has been in excellent form this season, as he won the Ladbrokes Trophy and will only have to carry 10st 5lbs on the big day. He will also be one of the horses running from the Jonjo O’Neil yard, with the prestigious trainer last winning the National in 2010 with Don’t Push It.
Grand National 2021 Prediction
Who will win the Grand National 2021?
There is still a long way to go before the Grand National, with gamblers first set to take a closer look at the leading runners at the Cheltenham Festival. However, there are three standout selections that catch our eye from the ante-post markets.
Two of those are Cloth Cap and Potters Corner, who have achieved notable successes over this distance, and will be able to stay the course over the National distance. Meanwhile, Burrows Saint for Willie Mullins is an outstanding chance after back-to-back wins over three miles in 2019 in Ireland.
What Horse to Pick for the Grand National 2021:
- Cloth Cap (+6600)
- Potters Corner (+3300)
- Burrows Saint (+2200)