Horse racing has a long association with betting. Therefore, it’s no surprise that punters are already on the lookout for some of the most enticing Grand National betting offers for 2021. With the Grand National 2020 being cancelled, many are eager to make an ante-post bet already; with odds for the big day already shaping up at some of the bookmakers. As a quarter of the UK adult population place bets on the riders of the Grand National, and with the majority of us selecting a horse simply on their name alone, we take a look at some of the favourites and outsiders to draw a clearer picture. The full festival will take place from April 8th until April 10th 2021 just after the Cheltenham Festival 2021. The main race will take place on Saturday 10th April 2021.
Grand National Betting Offers 2021
Below you will find betting offers valid up until the Grand National 2021 from the UK’s best** bookmakers:
With an estimated viewership of 500 to 600 million across more than 140 different nations; there is no other horse race that quite captures the imagination of the general public like the Grand National. Held at the famous Aintree racecourse in Liverpool; the race is over 4-miles and 514 yards. Treacherous fences make this meeting one of the most entertaining and exciting races in the calendar. As with every year, bookmakers have a number of Grand National Betting Offers for punters to take advantage of in 2021.
The Chair, Becher’s Brook and Canal Turn are just a few of the famous spots throughout the circuit. They have caused many big names problems in the past, and they are once again set to test the favourites in April 2021. The race is often decided on the Flat over the final furlong. In 1956 Devon Loch, owned by the Queen Mother, slipped up after looking like a certain winner. In 1973 Red Run overhauled Crisp 50 yards from the finish after Crisp 50 had led from the start for almost the whole four miles of the race. With a maximum field of 40 runners, it is easy to understand why the Grand National betting offers 2021 will provide punters with so much excitement.
Grand National 2021 Preview
The 2021 Grand National will once again take place on 10th of April. There will be an audience of over 70,000 sampling the unique atmosphere at Aintree; while over 10 million will be tuning in from the comfort of their own homes in the UK. The Grand National is famed for its unpredictability, however, it is still important to check out the form guides before selecting your horse. Just five 100/1 shots have triumphed at Aintree in the past century, with Rule The World three years ago providing one of the biggest shocks in recent history.
Grand National Thursday
The 2021 Grand National promises to be the biggest and most populated in history, with so much happening both on and off the circuit. Drama, passion and all the thrills and spills you can imagine will take place over three days at Aintree. From Grand Opening Day one (also known as Liverpool Day) to the main event itself. The opening day offers some high-quality horse racing action, with four Grade 1 races featuring some of the best jockeys, horses and trainers.
With significant prize money on offer, as well as well as outstanding entertainment and live music to enjoy, Grand Opening Day is starting to gain in popularity. As for punters, the opening day is actually one of the best for placing a bet. Many bookmakers will stop offering bonuses and free bets on the day of the Grand National, Saturday 10th, 2021, while on Thursday you can still make full use of those available!
Day two at Aintree is famously known as Ladies Day. As well as the high-class entertainment on the track, a ladies fashion event has women from across the globe competing for the most stylish race goer. There are generous prizes so it is easy to see why some take it so seriously. Along with the smarter dress code on day two comes a heightened level of seriousness on the racing front. Classic races such as the Topham Chase and Melling Chase provide plenty of opportunities for punters to enjoy the day.
Grand National Day
Finally, the big day! The Grand National race itself receives substantially more money for a single betting event than any other in the world. Everyone wants to get in on the action with many Grand National Betting offers. 70,000 lucky people taste the unique atmosphere at Aintree every year. Furthermore, millions of others watch it at home! The whole world seemingly stops for ten minutes while the National gets underway.
With 40 jockeys lucky enough to line up for the race on the famous course, the real question is how many will be able to last the 30 fences and over 4 miles? Whether you have just a £1 each way on the outsider or £100 on the favourite, the excitement of backing a possible winner of the Grand National, especially when you’ve used Grand National Betting Offers, is indescribable. A win in the National will earn legendary status for the jockeys, horses, owners and trainers! Prize money of up to £1 million for the main race alone justifies such infatuation.
The Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree, along with the King George VI Stakes at Kempton on Boxing Day could well give us a better indication of the chances of many horses. There are Grand National betting offers for these other renown races in the festival. Trainers will anxiously wait in the wings to select their riders for the big day.
The ante post betting market for the 2021 Grand National begins to take shape at the start of the year ahead of the race on Saturday, April 10th at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool.
There will be fluctuations in the market before the big day as leading contenders run well in trials and prep races or underperform and run below their best.
The betting market will become more active when bookmakers introduce the non-runner/no bet concession. This means stakes will be returned if a backed horse is withdrawn when usually they are lost.
Grand National Favourites
After the handicap weights were announced. Here are the Grand National favourites leading the 2021 antepost market:
|Horse||Trainer||Best Odds*||Bet with Grand National Bookmakers|
|Cloth Cap||J. O’Neill||16/1||Bet with|
|Tiger Roll||G. Elliott||20/1||Bet with|
|Kimberlite Candy||R. Walford||20/1||Bet with|
|Presenting Percy||G. Elliott||25/1||Bet with|
|Magic Of Light||J. Harrington||25/1||Bet with|
|Potters Corner||C. Williams||25/1||Bet with|
|Burrows Saint||W. P Mullins||25/1||Bet with|
|The Conditional||David Bridgwater||25/1||Bet with|
* All odds subject to change. Odds last updated 16/02/2021.
Grand National Weights
However, a massive occasion for Grand National betting is the publication of the weights at the end of February. The Grand National is a handicap which means horses are allocated a weight based on their form and ability. The weights range is 10-00 to 11-10 and the maximum field is 40 runners.
The race is always oversubscribed so many horses are eliminated leaving the 40 horses with the highest weight in the field. When the weights are announced horses with a manageable weight shorten in the betting. Punters believe the handicapper has given some runners major claims.
There are often key performances that affect the Grand National betting at the Cheltenham Festival. The meeting takes place from March 16th to 19th this year. That means there is a three-week gap between Cheltenham and Aintree so horses can quite feasibly run at both spring festivals.
There is often a standout run by a leading National contender at Cheltenham so the horse has got a competitive handicap mark in the most famous steeplechase in the world. A placed runner in the Gold Cup often heads to Aintree with a genuine chance that is reflected in betting moves.
With the provisos of the weights and events at the Cheltenham Festival, here are some tips and favourites based on the betting in January for the 2021 Grand National:
The obvious place to start is with Tiger Roll. The winner in 2018 and 2019 will be trying to be the first horse to win three successive Grand Nationals. The key to Tiger Roll’s chances and even participation is the weight allocation.
The owners have hinted that Tiger Roll will not run if they believe the handicapper has been too harsh. Their horse has won the National off 10-13 (2018) and 11-05 (2019) but he will be aged 11 this year. Tiger Roll has won over the course and distance and relishes the unique fences.
If the handicapper allocates Tiger Roll no more than 11-06 the historic third win is definitely on the cards but that is a big if and other runners could be better weighted.
Secret Reprieve is a seven-year-old and the last horse of that age to win the Grand National won the race in 1940. However, the gelding is progressive and has proven stamina and jumping ability. He was thrown in at the weights in the Welsh Grand National and prevailed like a handicap good thing.
Winning on a soft ground of a winnable mark is not the same as being competitive on good ground at Aintree in the spring as an exposed horse.
Secret Reprieve could still be ahead of the handicapper but this year’s National may have come a year too soon. There will other chances over the next few years when the horse has the experience to contend.
Cloth Cap is owned by Trevor Hemmings who has won the Grand National three times with Hedgehunter (2005), Ballabriggs (2011) and Many Clouds (2015). He buys horses that have the potential to win the Aintree marathon.
He is a wealthy businessman who wears a cloth cap when he goes to the races. The name of his runner with the best chance of winning the National in 2021 could be significant.
Cloth Cap is trained by Jonjo O’Neill who has to be respected when he has a chance in a staying handicap chase. The win in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury in November could turn out to be a key trial. However, the Hemmings’ horse carried just 10-00 and will be allocated a few more pounds when the National weights are published in February.
Magic Of Light
Magic Of Light was only beaten by Tiger Roll in the 2019 Grand National. The Irish-trained runner was two and three-quarter lengths adrift at the finish, carrying eight pounds less than the winner. Magic Of Light produced an Official Rating of 158 on his last start but ran to 151 in the National two years ago.
That means there has been some improvement but that is unlikely with Tiger Roll at the age of 11. Magic Of Light won a Class 1 mares listed race on her last start at Newbury in December. She did jump slightly right throughout the race but won easily. The 2019 runner-up is the right age and has a good profile for National winners so could improve by one place in April.
Burrows Saint is trained by Willie Mullins and owned by Mrs S Ricci, married to Rich who is the owner in all but name. The trainer and owners have joined forces for many race wins at the Cheltenham Festival. However, they usually focus on Grade 1 hurdlers and rarely invest in handicap ability horses.
The Ricci’s have not had many National contenders so maybe they targeted the race when buying this horse. Burrows Saint won the Irish Grand National over three miles and five furlongs at Fairyhouse in 2019.
The horse jumped and travelled well and kept on under pressure. Those are key attributes in the National for which Burrows Saint as place prospects this April.
Grand National Tips
The heart says Cloth Cap because of the horses’ name or Tiger Roll because of sporting immortality but the head is saying one of the other three leading contenders. Secret Reprieve has the age trend to overcome and could win the 2022 Grand National.
Burrows Saint has the stamina and jumping ability but no experience of the Aintree fences. MAGIC OF LIGHT has completed the National course, been placed behind Tiger Roll and shown improvement so is our tip for the 2021 Grand National.
Further 2021 Grand National Betting Offers
With the Grand National attracting over £150 million in wagers from every corner of the globe, punters are always on the lookout for attractive offers to lend a helping hand. Grand National Betting Offers like Free bets, money back guarantees and enhanced odds are all available in the build-up to the big day. Many bookmakers offer some enticing bonuses for you to utilise.
To see all the best betting sites for your bets during the event go to the homepage.
In 2019, Tiger Roll won the Grand National for the second successive year as the 4/1 favourite. No horse has won the race three years in succession so Tiger Roll was supposed to make history in the Grand National 2020. The owners, who also own the budget airline Ryanair, missed the chance that Tiger Roll would make the historic run as the Grand National 2020 was cancelled. However, surely they will not forgo the opportunity for their horse to go into the record books as the first horse to win three Grand Nationals in a row should he win in 2021.
At 8-years-old, Magic Of Light, finished second in 2019 at 66/1. The horse was ridden by Paddy Kennedy and trained by Jessica Harrington who has never won the Grand National. Rathvinden, ridden by Ruby Walsh, finished third at 8/1. The next finishers were Walk In The Mill and Anibale Fly. There were 19 finishers from a full field of 40 runners. Only three horses fell and 14 were pulled up by the jockey.
Tiger Roll had won the 2018 Grand National at an SP of 10-1. Blaklion was also one of the biggest favourites, but he was brought down at the very first fence, opening the way to Tiger Roll to win the race. Tiger Roll was also pretty big favourite after winning the Cross Country race at the Cheltenham Festival earlier that year.
According to some opinions, because of his small stature, the horse wouldn’t handle the big Grand National fences. However, with a 10-13 weight, he succeeded to prove them false. At 9 years-old this horse could be easily run in another three Grand Nationals.
Pleasant Company took the second place. His jockey won the race in 2016 so a lot of hopes were put into that horse. The third-placed was Bless The Wings, trained by the Irish champion trainer, Gordon Elliott who also trains Tiger Roll. Anibale Fly trained by Tony Martin finished fourth and Milansbar was fifth. The 2018 Grand National favourite was definitely Blaklion. However, the horse didn’t finish as expected.
When it comes to 2017 Grand National, there was much jubilation north of the border in the UK as Scottish trained horse One For Arthur became the first horse to win the Grand National in 38 years. At 14/1, One For Arthur was well fancied, despite his trainers admitting they didn’t think he had much of a chance. They had only bought him three years previously for £60,000 because they wanted a new hobby. What a hobby it turned out to be! One For Arthur was entered in the 2019 Grand National. We can expect the same for the Grand National in 2021.
One For Arthur’s victory, at 8 years of age in 2017 and Tiger Roll’s victories, at 8 years of age in 2018 and 9 in 2019, meant the last 5 horses to win the national have been either 8 or 9. In fact, the average age of National winners is 8.8, meaning you should always look at horses around this age. Definitely avoid horses that are 7 or younger, as the last horse in this age group to win the race was in 1940.
Older horses so have some success though. Between 2010 and 2014, the winners were more mature. 10 and 11-year-olds Don’t Push It, Ballabriggs, Neptune Collonges, Auroras Encore, and Pineau De Re won the race. Only eight winners since 1950 have been older than 11 though, with Amberleigh House in 1995 at 12 years old being the last.
Unfortunately, One For Arthur picked up an injury that kept him out of the 2018 Grand National but the horse finished sixth in 2019. What will happen this year? Who’s going to be the next winner in April? With not long to go the big day at Aintree, owners and trainers alike are preparing their star assets for the race, while punters will be looking to take advantage of some of the Grand National betting offers and bonuses on offer from the bookmakers.
Trainer & Jockey Records
Just three trainers have won the Grand National a record four times. George Dockeray was the first to do so between 1839 and 1852. Next was Fred Rimell between 1956 and 1976. Finally, Ginger McCain! He famously trained Red Rum, the only triple National winner (1973, 1974 and 1977), as well as Amberleigh House most recently in 2004. Gordon Elliott becomes a four-time winner if Tiger Roll wins the 2021 Grand National.
As far as jockeys are concerned, George Stevens still leads the way with five wins in the 19th century. In the modern era, Ruby Walsh and Leighton Aspell are the only multiple winners. Respectively on Papillon and Hedgehunter, and Pineau Du Re and Many Clouds. Even the much acclaimed Sir Anthony McCoy could only manage one Grand National win, back in 2010 with Don’t Push It. He does, however, hold the record for the most Nationals ran, with the Irishman competing in 20 races before his retirement.
10 Year Grand National Trends
With the first ever Grand National taking place back in 1839, the history of the famous race is there for all to see. It has gone on to be run every year since, aside from five years during the Second World War, along with the 1993 race being declared void due to problems at the start. For those who like to look into the statistics of the iconic race meeting, here are some of the most relevant trends from the last ten years at Aintree:
- Average age of winner: 8.8
- 27 of the last 28 runners raced no more than 55 days previously.
- 27 out of 28 runners were officially rated 137 or higher.
- Best trainer record: Gordon Elliott is the only trainer with three wins this century: Silver Birch in 2007 and Tiger Roll in 2018 and 2019.
- Best jockey record: Davy Russell, Leighton Aspell and Ruby Walsh have two wins to their name.
Stamina is clearly the number one requirement for any horse hoping to challenge at the front in the Grand National, as the course is longer than the vast majority of races held throughout the season. As well as this, with some of the most hazardous fences in the business, a solid jumper is also a must, while luck is sure to play some part along the way. There is also rare that the winner is the race favourite. Only 4 times since the turn of the millennium has the favourite, or joint-favourite won the race.
Grand National Betting Offers Markets
In the week leading up to the Grand National, a whole host of markets will open up that are unique to the famous race. You can bet on the following markets, but make sure you’ve signed up for the various Grand National Betting offers before placing your bets:
- Race winner
- Each way one quarter the odds for the first six places
- Top 4 finish
- Age of winner
- Trainer of winner
- Number of finishers
- To complete the course
- To complete the course accumulators from groups
- Lady jockey to win the race
- Lady jockey to be placed
- Winner to carry under 11 stone
- Winner to carry 11 stone or more
- All horses to clear the first fence
- Irish trained winner
- Woman to train the winner
Taking a punt on one of the more uncommon betting markets is very entertaining, especially if you can use one of the Grand National Betting offers to kick it off. Bets such as all horses to clear the first fence, or the age of the winner often carries much more competitive odds.
The Grand National is the biggest horse race in the UK and is also the most popular for betting. It is the one race that everyone seems to bet on. Here is some basic information about betting on the big race.
Grand National Betting Offers FAQ
Which bookies are paying six places on the Grand National?
Each way bets on the Grand National are always popular – and many bookies extend to paying in six places. At the moment Betfair, Ladbrokes, William Hill, Coral, BetVictor, Paddy Power, Boylesports and 888Sport are offering six places on the big race.
Who has the best odds for the Grand National?
Most bookies will have very similar odds, but even the smallest differences can affect payouts. A lot of the time it is a matter of opinion when it comes to comparing odds but our writers like bet365, Betfair, William Hill and Paddy Power.
Who is the favourite for the Grand National 2021?
Betting markets and prices change all the time but the favourite for the 2021 Grand National is Tiger Roll. The 10-year-old is looking to follow up its victories in 2018 and 2019.
Do you get paid for the 5th place in the Grand National?
Not all bookies pay out on 5th place in the Grand National. As there is a bigger field of runners there are more betting sites offering more than the usual four places – but you should check before placing your bet.
How much do you get for winning the Grand National?
It all depends on how much you bet as to how much you win. For a straight single bet on the winner it is just the amount of your stake multiplied by the fractional odds (you also get back your original stake). For example, a £10 bet on a 5/1 horse will get you £10 x 5 (plus the original £10) = £60. The amount for an each way bet depends on the number of places and whether a place is at ¼ or 1/5 odds.
Can you bet online for the Grand National?
Online betting has become incredibly popular and most people will place their Grand National wagers online. High street bookmakers are busier than normal on the day of the big race, but online betting is so simple it is probably the best way to go.
Where can I find Grand National winners odds?
The Grand National is such a big race that you can find winners odds in nearly every newspaper and on sports websites. But you can also find out all the latest information on the betting sites themselves.
Who should I bet on in the Grand National?
Tiger Roll is the favourite and is looking to win its third consecutive Grand National. But who you bet on is obviously a personal choice. You can get very attractive odds for even some of the best horses in the race due to the size of the field. Our best advice is to do your research and make an informed decision.
Where can I get Grand National results and odds?
All major sports media outlets will have the Grand National results and odds. But you can also find this kind of information on the betting sites themselves.
Where can I find a Grand National Guide?
With so much interest in the race, most media outlets will also produce some kind of Grand National Guide nearer the big day. Keep an eye on sports betting sites for blogs and other related content so you know as much as you can about all the runners, riders and the Aintree course.
What are Grand National tips?
Grand National tips are snippets of information that can inform your decision on who to bet on. Most betting sites have dedicated blogs for the race and you can get the professional’s views and opinions to help you make your selections.
When are Grand National declarations?
The initial entry date for Grand National runners is in January, but there are a number of different stages of declaration before the event. The final declaration takes place at 10am on the Thursday before the race – and provides the list of 40 runners and four reserves.
Is there a Grand National predictor?
Many sites will have their own versions of a Grand National predictor. By entering information about the horses and conditions you can find out who is likely to be successful. This is obviously no guarantee to what might happen on the big day.
*Odds at publication. Subject to change.
**Best only subject to the opinions of our writers and does not constitute professional opinion or fact.