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Grand National Tips, Runner-by-Runner Guide, Preview & Best Bets

  • The Grand National will be run at Aintree on Saturday 10th April (Sunday 11th AEDT)
  • Cloth Cap is the favourite after the field was finalised
  • Runner-by-Runner Guide and Tips for the world famous race

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Kimberlite Candy is one of our best bets in the 2021 Grand National. (Getty)
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The Aintree Grand National takes place on Saturday April 10th (Sunday 11th AEDT) with 44 contenders for the world famous race.

We've published our notes on all 44 of the current entries in the world's most famous horse race, and come up with a four-horse shortlist.

2021 Grand National Runner-By-Runner Guide


BRISTOL DE MAI


Won his third Betfair Chase at the start of the season. Second to Native River in the Cotswold Chase at Sandown in February. Goes well fresh and certainly has the class to contend with this weight. The type who could relish the challenge of the National. 

CHRIS’S DREAM


Second to The Storyteller at Down Royal. Well beaten twice over two-and-a-half miles since. Trainer clearly thinks he’s better over that shorter trip, so hard to see him contending in a Grand National under 11-7. Prefers heavy ground too.

YALA ENKI


Consistent performer under top-weight in high-profile handicaps. Fell at the first on his first look at the National fences in the Becher. Recovered brilliantly to win at Taunton after a shocking error at the fourth-last. Has plenty of ability and remains in good form. Younger runners are preferred, though.

BALLYOPTIC


Out of form this season. Clearly likes softer ground. Fell twice over the National fences, and beaten 81-lengths when he managed to complete the course in 2019 Becher.

DEFINITLY RED


Pulled up in 2017 Grand National after being badly hampered. Age looks to have caught up with him this season. Big shock if he returned to form in the National.

LAKE VIEW LAD


Defeated Santini, Native River and Frodon in Many Clouds Chase here at Aintree in December. Well-beaten in Cotswold Chase next time out, and thrashed 23-length by Cloth Cap at Kelso. Pulled up in 2019 National with trainer stating he’d prefer soft ground, which he won’t get this year either.

BURROWS SAINT


Won Irish Grand National as a novice in 2019. Has run just five times since then, with three of those outings coming over hurdles. Went down to Acapella Bourgeois in Bobby Jo Chase last time out, but it was a lovely run considering the heavy ground wouldn’t have suited. Decent ground will suit and looks well-treated. Big player.

MAGIC OF LIGHT


Runner-up to Tiger Roll in 2019. Returns to Aintree just one-pound higher in the handicap. Form this season hasn’t been great, though, and she’s now ten. Plenty of others who appeal more.

ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS


Two-pounds well-in after that defeat of Burrows Saint in the Bobby Jo. Strong stayer who has to be respected. Clearly likes heavy ground, which is a big worry this year.

TALKISCHEAP


Only run once over jumps this season and was beaten 40-lengths. Remains 10-pounds higher than last winning mark. Return to bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown more likely.

TOUT EST PERMIS


Ran well to finish third behind The Storyteller at Down Royal. Form has faded since then, and runs off a mark four-pounds higher than what he’s rated in Ireland.

ANIBALE FLY


Former Gold Cup runner-up. Has twice placed in the Grand National too. Was in woeful form last season, and finished last of five on only outing this term. Nine pounds lower than when fifth here in 2019, and would be foolish to write him off completely.

MISTER MALARKY


Won a big handicap at Ascot earlier in the season and ran well to place third at Kempton in February. Has won going left-handed, but best form has come around those two tracks. Tizzard horses have been very in-and-out all season.

KIMBERLITE CANDY


Finished second in the Becher last season, before bolting up by ten lengths in the Classic Chase. Returned to the Becher 16-pounds higher in the ratings, but was classy enough to finish second again. Clearly likes the National fences, goes well fresh and has just 10-10 to shoulder here. Leading contender.

ANY SECOND NOW


Won the 2019 Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival. Both wins since then have come against just four rivals over two miles. Trainer said he struggled to find a rhythm in a large field when pulled up in the Thyestes. Could get left behind at Aintree if he doesn’t take to the National fences straight away. Three-pounds well in, though, and he’s been lightly raced this season.

BALKO DES FLOS


Dreadfully out of form since winning the Ryanair in 2018, barring one decent effort in the Grade One here at Aintree. Poor on latest outing in the Cross Country. 

ALPHA DES OBEAUX


Fell in 2018 Grand National. Out of form all season. Rated seven pounds higher in England than he is in Ireland. 

OK CORRAL


Pulled up in the Ultima on his only start in the last 18-months. Clearly very hard to train. Wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t show up.

TAKINGRISKS


Ran a blinder to win the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster last time out. Tough ask for a 12-year-old to contend her off a career-high rating.

SHATTERED LOVE


Former Cheltenham Festival winner. Has run well to place behind talented mares trained by Willie Mullins the last twice. Definitely question marks around her stamina. Good ground won’t suit.

JETT


Form this season has been very poor. Beaten 100 lengths in the Becher. Hard to make any sort of case.

LORD DU MESNIL


Stayed on gamely to beat Achille in the Grand National Trial at Haydock. Winners of that race have a very poor record at Aintree, and he won’t enjoy good ground.

POTTERS CORNER


Won the Welsh Grand National in excellent fashion last season. Ran well to place third over the Cross Country fences on his reappearance. Well-beaten the last twice over hurdles. Goes well fresh, though, and current mark of 149 doesn’t look too harsh. Could contend.

CLASS CONTI


Has twice placed in the Thyestes Handicap. Form away from that handicap has been largely poor. 
Very hard to work him out.

MILAN NATIVE


Won the 2019 Kim Muir. Edged out Discorama to win on his reappearance. Well-beaten on four starts since then. Doesn’t look well-treated off 149.

DISCORAMA


Has been seen since poor outing at Cheltenham in November. Has run well on the big stage on a number of occasions without getting his head over the line. Respect, but will to win has to be questioned.

VIEUX LION ROUGE


Excellent record in the Becher. Never managed to contend in a National though. Good spring ground clearly doesn’t suit and he’s getting on a bit now.

CLOTH CAP


Won the Ladbrokes Trophy. Bolted up in the Premier Chase at Kelso the last day. 14-pounds well-in at the weights, and owned by a multiple winner of the Grand National. A worthy favourite, but I can’t be backing a horse at 5/1 in the Grand National.

CABARET QUEEN


Form has faded badly since being pushed up to 148. Can’t see her being good enough to challenge.

MINELLACELEBRATION


11-year-old, who’s sitting on a rating eight-pounds higher than his last winning mark.

CANELO


Has been in great form this season. Only disappointing run came at Doncaster on soft ground. Likes good ground and bolted up at Aintree earlier in the season. Capable of contending off this mark, and 10-4 is the lowest weight he’s been asked to carry for some time. Definitely looks an each-way player.

THE LONG MILE


Won off 133 earlier in the season. Doesn’t look well-treated and prefers heavy ground.

GIVE ME A COPPER


Ran well on his reappearance at Doncaster. Pulled up last time out. Always had ability, but he’s 11 now. Best days are behind him.

FARCLAS


Talented novice, who’s placed in two classy handicaps at Leopardstown and Cheltenham. Worst performance came over three miles, and has clearly enjoyed a drop in trip since then. I doubt whether he has the stamina or the experience for this challenge.

MINELLA TIMES


Carried 11-10 to victory in a handicap on his reappearance. Has since placed twice in handicaps at Leopardstown. Remains well-handicapped and will likely be ridden by Rachael Blackmore. Big market mover in recent weeks and it’s easy to see why. Has never won over three-miles, though, which is enough to put me off.

SUB LIEUTENANT


Hasn’t won since October 2018. Now 12 and well past his best.

HOGAN’S HEIGHT


Powered to a 16-length victory over the National fences in the 2019 Grand Sefton. Won several times on good ground. Well-beaten on all of his starts over three miles and laboured home 130-lengths behind Tiger Roll in the Cross Country last time out.

DOUBLE SHUFFLE


Claimed a deserved victory at Kempton in January, having dropped down to 140. Beaten 15 lengths off this mark last time out, and he’s at his best going right-handed.

AMI DESBOIS


Placed second on both his starts this season, running well on both occasions. Fairly consistent on the whole and has proven himself a strong stayer. Would need a career-best to even challenge for a place here, though, and hard to see that happening.

BLACKLION


Fourth in the 2017 National when at the top of his game. Woefully out of form the last two years. Doesn’t stand much of a chance.

RESERVES


SOME NECK


Won a Cross Country Handicap at Cheltenham earlier in the season. Third behind Tiger Roll and Easysland in the Cross Country at the Festival. Stays very well, and he’ll enjoy the good ground conditions. Looks a little overpriced at 50/1.

SECRET REPRIEVE


Won the Welsh National Trial at Haydock by 12-lengths. Then looked a cut above his rivals in the Welsh National itself, winning by three lengths with plenty left in hand. Currently 50th on the list, but will have no trouble getting in. Only had nine career starts and both previous runs on good ground ended in lengthy defeats. Talented, but too inexperienced for me.

KAUTO RIKO


Has ability, but only previous wins over fences have come over two miles. Doesn’t have the enguine.

FAGAN


Won really well at Newbury the last day, despite the heavy ground seemingly going against him. Will prefer the going at Aintree, but he’s been thrust back up the handicap by 10 pounds. Could struggle off that mark.
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Verdict

Our four-horse shortlist for the 2021 Grand National.

2021 Grand National Tip 1: Burrows Saint Each-Way @1200.0 at BetMGM - 10 Units
2021 Grand National Tip 2: Kimberlite Candy Each-Way @1400.0 at Caesars (Sport) - 8 Units
2021 Grand National Tip 3: Bristol De Mai Each-Way @2800.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 5 Units
2021 Grand National Tip 4: Canelo Each-Way @4000.0 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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