Grand National Runners

23 January 2021
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The Grand National is the most famous steeplechase in the world and it is the race that most trainers and jockeys want to win most. There is speculation about the Grand National runners and the favourite on the day of the race.

The Grand National Runners for the 2021 Race

Here is a list of the current Grand National runners who are favourites at the Grand National 2021.

Much can and will change between now and April 2021, with the Aintree showpiece featuring a full 40-runner field as well as four reserve runners.
The great Tiger Roll became the first back-to-back winner of the Grand National since Red Rum in 1974 when landing his second win in 2019, and was all set to go off favourite for the 2020 race before it was postponed.

Gordon Elliott’s stable star is being aimed at the race once again however his task will be much harder this time. When all potential runners have qualified, each needing to have raced in three chases or more by February 10th, the official handicapper will announce the weights and betting will get going in earnest.

Grand National Favourites 2021

These are the horses currently heading the market for the 2021 Grand National, though the order will change plenty leading up to April at Aintree.

Grand National FavouritesTrainerBet with William Hill
Tiger RollGordon Elliott
Presenting PercyGordon Elliott
Any Second NowT. M. Walsh
Burrows SaintWillie Mullins
Cloth CapJonjo O’Neill
SantiniNicky Henderson
Potters CornerChristian Williams
Aye RightHarrier Graham
Native RiverCollin Tizzard
EasylandDavid Cottin
The ConditionalDavid Bridgewater
Magic of LightJessica Harrington
Anibale FlyTony Martin
Kimberlite CandyTom Lacey
Elegant EscapeColin Tizzard


The Grand National

Randox Health Grand National Runners 2021

It’s important to keep track of the National race conditions, which are:

  • Grade 3 handicap
  •  Total prize fund of £1,000,000. The winner takes £500,000 of this
  •  Race distance: four miles, two-and-a-half furlongs
  • Initial entries close end of January (exact date TBC)
  • Weights announced mid-February (exact date TBC)
  • Final declarations are made at 10AM on Thursday, April 8th

There is a betting guide for the Grand National, a review of the best bookmakers and the ante post favourites.

Grand National 2021 Runners

At the time of writing the weights and jockeys are not known. The odds displayed are from the day of publication and are subject to change. 18+ T&C Apply.

Tiger Roll (IRE)

Latest odds: 16/1*
Trainer: Gordon ElliottAge: 11
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The dual winner and favourite for the postponed 2020 event is on course to try again, but at 11 years old he is not getting any better and will have his work cut out. Two under-par efforts on the flat and around Cheltenham’s cross-country course to begin the season haven’t shown him in the best light either.

Presenting Percy (GB)

Latest odds: 20/1*

Trainer: Gordon ElliottAge: 10
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The former Patrick Kelly-trained gelding will be forever remembered for his famous RSA Chase win at Cheltenham, as well as being a highly-touted favourite for the 2019 Gold Cup. Having been beaten twice in the Gold Cup since then, he got back to top form for his new trainer at Thurles and assuming he doesn’t carry too burdensome a weight he is a leading player.

Burrows Saint (FR)

Latest odds: 20/1*

Trainer: Willie MullinsAge: 8
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French-bred horses seem to fare much better in the National now and Burrows Saint is certainly in the best of hands. As winner of the 2019 Irish Grand National he has a profile more than suitable for the Aintree spectacular and will probably appreciate an easy prep leading up to April.

Any Second Now (IRE)

Latest odds: 25/1*

Trainer: Ted WalshAge: 9
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There is plenty in this horse’s favour. Just turning 9 and with improvement left to come, he combines that with having had plenty of track experience which is ideal heading into the National and furthermore his standout win was over Cheltenham’s 3m2½f trip when he won the Kim Muir in 2019.

Cloth Cap (IRE)

Latest odds: 25/1*

Trainer: Jonjo O’NeillAge: 9
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Prominent owner Trevor Hemmings has cut his string right down, but in Cloth Cap he has a leading Grand National contender who announced himself as such with a brilliant and brave front-running performance when taking the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury by ten lengths. Nine years old by the time Aintree comes around, Cloth Cap will have the requisite experience to go well.

Santini (GB)

Latest odds: 25/1*

Trainer: Nicky HendersonAge: 9
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Previously a major Gold Cup hope for Nicky Henderson, the Blue Riband runner-up could be aimed at more extreme distances now and given his strong staying performances in the past should cope well with conditions at Liverpool. The issue will be the big weight he is bound to be handed, but there’s no doubt he has the class.

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Elegant Escape (IRE)

Latest odds: 25/1*

Trainer: Colin TizzardAge: 9
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Elegant Escape’s best form is in proper staying races, including when winning the 2018 Welsh Grand National and finishing third in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury and if anything, he is just reaching a perfect age for this event.

Potters Corner (IRE)

Latest odds: 33/1*

Trainer: Christian WilliamsAge:11
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The Welsh-trained contender is not getting any younger, but in recent times he has been displaying his best form and there aren’t many better trials for this race than the Welsh Grand National which he won in fine style in 2019.

Aye Right (IRE)

Latest odds: 33/1*

Trainer: Harriet GrahamAge: 8
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It was fantastic for Scottish racing when One For Arthur took this race, but it would be an even more spectacular story should Aye Right get the job done. Harriet Graham trains a very limited number of horses in between attending to matters on her farm, but this chap has the class and the staying power to go well, if not quite the chasing experience.

Native River (IRE)

Latest odds: 33/1*

Trainer: Colin TizzardAge: 11
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A real star for Colin Tizzard over the years, Native River is remembered for winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup as well as his battles with Might Bite. An easy winner of the Many Clouds Chase on the Mildmay Course last season, he clearly likes Aintree and just has to prove his worth over the National fences.

Easysland (FR)

Latest odds: 33/1*

Trainer: David CottinAge: 7
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Known for beating Tiger Roll in the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham, extreme distances and stiff fences are not a worry for the French raider and he remains a leading shout for this. The downsides are his age, he is about to turn seven, and the fact that he too made an underwhelming reappearance on the XC course in November but he’s better than that.

The Conditional (IRE)

Latest odds: 33/1*

Trainer: David BridgwaterAge: 9
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Although beaten 11½ lengths, The Conditional arguably reached a new career high when third in the Ladbrokes Trophy behind Cloth Cap at Newbury which was a great effort having been raised 8lbs in the weights after his handicap win at the Cheltenham Festival. This could be tough, but the 4¼ miles may well bring out more improvement.

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Kimberlite Candy (IRE)

Latest odds: 33/1*

Trainer: Tom LaceyAge: 9
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This horse has a great profile for this race; a winner over three miles as a novice at Chepstow, second over the National Fences in the Becher Chase and an easy winner over 3m5f at Warwick in early 2020. There is nothing not to like about this horse, who is reaching his career peak, and so if he is looked after between now and April he would turn up with an outstanding chance.

Magic of Light (IRE)

Latest odds: 40/1*

Trainer: Jessica HarringtonAge: 10
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Magic Of Light had already been a great race mare for Jessie Harrington when she turned up for the 2019 National as a 66/1 shot, but her outstanding run when second to Tiger Roll makes her a key runner here given that her extra experience will stand her in good stead.

Beware the Bear (FRA)

Latest odds: 33/1*

Trainer: Nicky HendersonAge: 11
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A yet to be proven horse at the Grand National. The Nicky Henderson-trained horse got some experience already from the 2019 Cheltenham Festival as the Ultima Chase winner.

Lake View Lad (IRE)

Latest odds: 50/1*

Trainer: Neil AlexanderAge: 10
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Well-fancied but pulled up from the 2019 event, Lake View Lad is a consistent horse that often finishes in the places. However, Lake View Lad has not run over the National fences and that is a negative.

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Champagne Classic (IRE)

Latest odds: 25/1*

Trainer: Gordon ElliottAge: 10
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Cheltenham Festival winner from 2017, unfortunately since has been a year out and seen only a few races. We will see how this Grand National runner fares on a longer run.

Ramses de Teillee (FRA)

Latest odds: 25/1*

Trainer: David PipeAge: 8
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Young horse with proven stamina for a longer run. The only question lies in that will this Grand National runner clear all the fences. Ramses de Teillee was pulled up in 2019, but we might see him much more experienced and mature in the 2021 Grand National event.

Traffic Fluide (FRA)

Latest odds: 40/1*

Trainer: Gary MooreAge: 11
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An unlikely winner but a proven runner on any ground and a sound jumper. Has a chance if it can get back in its form from 2-3 years ago.


The Grand National of 2021 will be run in April 8th-10th but entries are first made in January. It’s impossible for the 112 initial entries to take part and Grand National horses will be withdrawn as different stages of the declarations process. There is a safety limit of 40 Grand National runners so Grand National horses will drop out or be balloted out based on the weight the handicapper has allocated. The entry list will be reduced at each declaration stage in February, March and April. With four reserves the maximum field of 40 runners will almost certainly go to post.

The 2021 Grand National is the 173nd renewal. The head of handicapping for jumps racing at the British Horseracing Authority compiles the weights for an announcement on February 12th. Once the weights have been revealed the final field for the richest handicap chase in the sport will take shape. The betting market will react to the weights and there will be plenty of betting on horses that appear to have been given a manageable weight. The Grand National runners for the 2021 race are becoming clearer ahead of the race on the first Saturday in April.

Grand National Horses: How to Pick a Horse

Here a list of factors you need to consider to pick winners in Horse Racing:

  • Track/Course, Post Position & Distance Factors
  • Starts & Layoff Factors
  • Odds Factors
  • Speed & Workouts Factors
  • Jockey / Trainer Factors
  • Comment Line Factor
  • Equipment, Medication, Weight, Age & Sex Factor
  • Class Factors
  • Form Factors
  • Late factors, at the gate

Grand National Runners FAQ

Are there any non-runners in the Grand National?

The last moment to declare any non runners will be at 10 am the morning of the race. There will be four runners in reserves which any of them can take place in case of one from the original 40 not being able to race.

Who are the favourites for the Grand National 2021?

For now Tiger Roll is a clear favourite being the back-to-back champion and still being of good age to be a champion runner. Read our article about favourites for more information.

What were the odds on Tiger Roll 2021?

We don’t know this yet. Tiger Roll’s odds in the Grand National 2019 were 7-2. Remember that the odds might change before the race multiple times so be quick to grab your chance at the best possible odds.

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