Grand National Runners

18 November 2020
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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. At the time of writing this list is still subject to change. The race takes place at Aintree and there will be a maximum field of 40 runners in addition to 4 reserves.

In 2018 and 2019 Tiger Roll won the Grand National and is being targeted at the race again. The Gordon Elliott trained horse will be trying to become the first horse to win the Grand National in consecutive years since Red Rum prevailed in 1973 and 1974.

Grand National horses must have contested three chases under the Rules of Racing before February 10th. Each entry will then be allocated a weight by the BHA handicapper whose decision will be final.

Grand National Favourites 2021

The following favourites are based on the favourites for Grand National 2020. We will update this overview with current favourites as soon as we get closer to the race.

Grand National FavouritesTrainerBet with William Hill
Tiger RollGordon Elliott
Burrows SaintW. P. Mullins
Any Second NowT. M. Walsh
Definitely RedBrian Ellison
Kimberlite CandyTom Lacey
Walk In The MillRobert Walford
Magic Of LightMrs John Harrington
Le BreuilBen Pauling
Bristol de MaiChristian Williams
Potters CornerMrs John Harrington
Anibale FlyJ. Martin
Elegant EscapeColin Tizzard
Ramses De TeilleDavid Pipe
BallyopticNigel Twiston-Davies
TalkischeapAlan King


The Grand National

Randox Health Grand National Runners 2021

Here are the race conditions:

  • Grade 3 handicap.
  • Total prize fund of £1,000.000.
  • Distance: four miles and three and a half furlongs.
  • Entries closed on January 29th, announced the following day and there were 112.
  • Weights announced on February 12th
  • Declarations: February 26th, March 19th, April 1st and 10 am on April 4th.

There is a betting guide for the Grand National 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. Odds are supplied by Paddy Power. 18+ T&C Apply.

Tiger Roll (IRE)

Latest odds: 5/1*
Trainer: Gordon ElliottAge: 10
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Tiger Roll won the Grand National 2019 and is looking to emulate Red Rum who won the race in 1973 and 1974 and again in 1977. The horse carried 10st 13lbs in 2018 but the handicapper will probably increase the weight this time. Tiger Roll is relatively young but he has had some demanding races. Even so, the horse has coped with the unique fences but history is against a second win.

Vintage Clouds (IRE)

Latest odds: 33/1*

Trainer: Sue SmithAge: 10
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Vintage Clouds is owned by Trevor Hemmings who has had three Grand National winners in the past. The horse won at Aintree in October 2017 but not over the Grand National fences. The horse was targeted at the race in 2018 but did not make the field. Vintage Clouds finished third in the Scottish National last year and the trainer won the Aintree National in 2013.

Elegant Escape (IRE)

Latest odds: 20/1*

Trainer: Colin TizzardAge: 8
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The horse won the Welsh National in December and gives Colin Tizzard a big chance to win the Grand National for the first time. Elegant Escape is a dour stayer who at the age of 7 will have other opportunities. The horse has a touch of class but 7 year-olds do have a good record in the race.

Walk In The Mill (FRA)

Latest odds: 16/1*

Trainer: Robert WalfordAge: 10
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Walk In The Mill is a progressive horse who won the Becher Chase over the Grand National fences this season. The horse is suited to the course and obstacles and the longer trip should be a positive. Walk in The Mill was one of the reserves last year so connections will be hopeful he makes the field this time.

Burrows Saint (FRA)

Latest odds: 12/1*

Trainer: Willie MullinsAge: 7
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Promising horse trained by Willie Mullins. At the age of only 7 years Burrows Saint claimed a win in the 2019 Irish Grand National, here is a horse to follow for the couple next years hopefully.

Native River (FRA)

Latest odds: Pulled out of the event. Non-runner!

Trainer: Colin TizzardAge: 9
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Another relatively young horse with promise. Unfortunately was pulled in the last years race due to few mistakes but another year and a year wiser we are hoping for this horse to show its true potential like we saw in the 2008 Comply or Die race.

Runners Grand National 2019

Pleasant Company (IRE)

Latest odds: 33/1*

Trainer: Willie MullinsAge: 12
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The horse finished just a head adrift of Tiger Roll in the National last year. Pleasant Company will be aged 11 on the day of the race and three Grand National horses in that same group have won the race since 2012. The Willie Mullins runner was also 9th in the 2017 race so is suited to the track and fences. The handicapper will probably allocate the horse more weight this time based on past National form.

Ballyoptic (IRE)

Latest odds: 25/1*

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-DaviesAge: 9
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The trainer won the Grand National in 1998 and 2002 and has another leading contender that was just beaten in the Scottish National last year. Ballyoptic was fourth in the Grade 1 RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and that race was won by Presenting Percy. Ballyoptic was fifth in the stayers’ hurdle at the 2017 Festival and this lightly raced chaser could be competitive in his first Grand National.

Magic of Light (IRE)

Latest odds: 16/1*

Trainer: Jessica HarringtonAge: 9
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A big name to follow. This horse is true and true a Grand National runner finishing as runner-up in the last years Grand National event. Going to be a huge player in 2021 race.

Kimberlite Candy (IRE)

Latest odds: 16/1*

Trainer: Tom LaceyAge: 8
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Kimberlite was able to make a name for it self as a Grand National runner by winning the Classic Chase at Warvick. We will see how the ground will suit this runner as that might be a hindrance for this runner to excel. Has had a relatively good form for an 8 year old with an excellent runner-up in the Becher Chase in December.

Top Ville Ben (IRE)

Latest odds: 33/1*

Trainer: Philip KirbyAge: 8
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One to watch for sure, Top Ville Ben might be a underdog going in to the Grand National 2021 but might prove itself as a formidable one. A newcomer in Aintree so we will be following this horse with excitement.

Potters Corner (IRE)

Latest odds: 20/1*

Trainer: Christian WilliamsAge: 10
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Potters Corner for now has not seen many exceptional races but its odds still hover in the medium level with anything between 16/1 to 33/1 where the latter seems to be the more likely for this Grand National runner.

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Any Second Now (IRE)

Latest odds: 20/1*

Trainer: Ted WalshAge: 7
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Picked up a win from the Cheltenham Festival in Kim Muir Chase last year. Unfortunately also a faller from the 2019 Irish National. Trained by Ted from the well known Walsh family and shares the same surname as one of the Grand National jockeys we are covering in our Jockey serie: Mark Walsh.

Give Me a Copper (IRE)

Latest odds: 25/1*

Trainer: Paul NichollsAge: 9
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This Grand National Runner is trained by non other than the legendary Paul Nicholls. An interesting horse for sure not just because of the name behind the horse but a promising runner in itself we are looking forward to watch this horse.

Cadmium (FRA)

Latest odds: 40/1*

Trainer: Willie MullinsAge: 7
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Another in the list of Grand National runners trained by Willie Mullins. Proven on shorter runs, winner of the 2019 Topham Chase which run just over 2m5f. We will have to see what comes on the big track.

Borice (FRA)

Latest odds: 40/1*

Trainer: Gordon ElliotAge: 8
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Entered in the last years Grand National event but did not get a run. Borice has won several novice hurdles but we will see how this newcomer Grand National runner performs on the big stage.

One For Arthur (IRE)

Latest odds: 25/1*

Trainer: Lucinda RussellAge: 11
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One For Arthur won the Grand National in 2017 but after some long term injuries the horse could not go back to Aintree last April. The horse will be trying to emulate Red Rum in regaining his title but former winners do not have a good record in the race. This runner carried 10 stones and 11 pounds to victory two years ago but in that form could be allocated a bigger weight.

Beware the Bear (FRA)

Latest odds: 33/1*

Trainer: Nicky HendersonAge: 10
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A yet to be proven horse trained by Nicky Henderson. Beware the Bear got some experience already from the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.

Anibale Fly (FRA)

Latest odds: 20/1*

Trainer: Tony MartinAge: 10
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JP McManus is trying to win the race for the second time having owned the winner in 2010. His 9 year old has been placed in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National so has the class to run another big race. Anibale Fly was asked to carry 11 stone and 8 pounds last year but could drop in the weights. He finished 11 lengths behind Tiger Roll and with experience of the fences this horse is a leading contender.

Le Breuil (FRA)

Latest odds: 16/1*

Trainer: Ben PaulingAge: 8
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Winner of the National Hunt Challenge Cup from last years Cheltenham Festival. That race is over 4m so one of the longer ones which means that Le Breuil definitely has the power to race at the big race in Grand National.

Jury Duty (IRE)

Latest odds: 40/1*

Trainer: Gordon ElliottAge: 9
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Young enough to prove itself and showed some moments of absolute power in the Grand National 2019 but unseated his rider at the 18th which was the last nail in the coffin regarding that race. We will see if Jury Duty redeems itself in the Grand National 2021.

Definitly Red (FRA)

Latest odds: 25/1*

Trainer: Brian EllisonAge: 11
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Achieved second place in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock. Also fourth in the Becher Chase over these fences. Good overall track record and a solid bet for a Grand National runner to take it all.

Lake View Lad (IRE)

Latest odds: 50/1*

Trainer: Neil AlexanderAge: 10
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This horse won a big handicap chase at Wetherby last season and could improve for that run. 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. The horse is another in the ownership of Trevor Hemmings who is looking for his fourth National win.

Cogry (GB)

Latest odds: 50/1*

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-DaviesAge: 11
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Grand National runner with experience behind it as well as being trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies. Yet to assure punters on Grand National level but the potential is there for sure. Read our article about Sam Twiston-Davies to read up on the wonderkid of Nigel.

Talkischeap (IRE)

Latest odds: 25/1*

Trainer: Alan KingAge: 7
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Young runner with already a bet365 Gold Cup win under its belt, yet to be proven at National level. Grand National 2021 will be the first time for this future Grand National runner trained by Alan King.

Yala Enki (FRA)
Latest odds: 28/1*

Trainer: Paul NichollsAge: 10
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Trained by the legendary Paul Nicholls you can be sure that this runner has the skills to surprise. A runner that is best on soft or heavy, weather conditions will be a make it or break it. Achieved third in the Welsh National around Christmas.

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Total Recall (IRE)

Latest odds: 33/1*

Trainer: Willie MullinsAge: 11
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A Grand National runner with experience for the Aintree fences Total Recall is a formidable suggestion for a promising underdog story. Sent off as the 7/1 favourite from the Grand National 2018.

Champagne Classic (IRE)

Latest odds: 25/1*

Trainer: Gordon ElliottAge: 9
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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. A young horse still so might lack the experience for a long and hard race like this but

Kildisart (IRE)

Latest odds: 50/1*

Trainer: Ben PaulingAge: 7
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Joe Farrell (IRE)

Latest odds: 50/1*

Trainer: Rebecca CurtisAge: 11
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Here we have the winner of the Scottish National last year and that race has been a good form guide to the big one in the past. Joe Farrell is lightly raced over fences and could show some improvement with more experience. However, the horse is not ground dependent and he has shown decent form over four miles and longer.

Alpha Des Obeaux (IRE)

Latest odds: 25/1*

Trainer: Gordon ElliottAge: 10
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Another horse trained by Gordon Elliott. Achieved third place in 2019 in the Becher Chase over these fences. Extremely stable and consistent results for this runner. Jumps well and runs well on most grounds.

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 runner-up at the Welsh Grand National 2018 and has run well in 3m4f+ events.

Chris’s Dream (IRE)

Latest odds: 25/1*

Trainer: Henry de BromheadAge: 8
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A young horse with already a good amount of experience under its belt. Chris’s Dream won at the Troytown Chase at Navan recently. Has not raced at the Grand National yet but is a proven jumper. With time this Grand National runner will be a force to be reckoned with.

Traffic Fluide (FRA)

Latest odds: 40/1*

Trainer: Gary MooreAge: 10
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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 2th-4th 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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