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Grand National Betting 2021

We‘re almost set for the biggest bet race of the year. Grand National betting is ultra-competitive, make no mistake about that.

Never fear though, our Grand National betting guide will take you through everything you need to know. We‘ll direct you through the best bookmakers, how to bet on the race and much more besides.

Grand National Betting Sites and Offers

Betting on Grand National markets can be a minefield for those without expert knowledge. There are lots of bookmakers out there offering us odds on what is a huge sporting event.

Remember however that this is a good thing. Keeping Grand National betting online competitive is what ensures we get the best odds, with all the bookmakers competing against each other ensuring strong markets. Here‘s a list of who you can bet with:

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How to Bet on the Grand National

Grand National betting is a pastime in itself. With 40 runners jumping 30 fences over 4¼ miles, it‘s one of the hardest races in the world to win.

Betting on Grand National markets can be difficult for punters. There are so many different markets to choose from and so many horses in the race.

The first thing to do however is to make sure you‘re with the right bookmaker. If you are a new customer, your bookie may be offering a bonus, so make sure it‘s a good one. Checking out their betting offers is important, but so is seeing their general odds for the event.

In the ante-post markets, Paddy Power and Betfair have tended to be top-price on more runners than their competitors. This can change from firm to firm, horse to horse, so make sure you do your research before betting.

When you‘ve found the right bookmaker for you, make sure you deposit with the requisite funds to release any bonuses. Grand National betting 2021 is competitive, so open more than one account if you can and get the best price.

Look out for extra offers too, such as non-runner no bet, best odds guaranteed and extra places. Any advantage you can gain in a race this hot could be crucial.

Grand National Betting Types

Most Grand National betting focuses on the simple win and each-way markets. There are more out there however, Grand National betting online especially being a veritable treasure trove of betting markets. These are some of the bet types you can get involved in:

Win and Each-Way

Backing your horse to win the National is simple. If you take 25/1, then basically you‘ll win €25 to a €1 stake. The each-way terms will be ¼ odds for four places, though some bookmakers will offer up to six places. If your horse finishes in one of these positions, you can still be paid out with an each-way bet.

Forecast & Tricast

If you want to go for the big bucks, you can place a forecast. This is a bet in which you predict the first two horses home, in the correct order. A tricast is the same, although it involves the first three horses.

Ante Post NRNB

NRNB, or ’non-runner, no bet‘, is the best way to bet ante post, i.e. in advance of the race. Bet before the final declarations are announced two days before the race and you can take advantage of bigger odds, while still getting your money back if your horse doesn‘t run.


Saturday at Aintree is huge. There are other top events as well as the Grand National, so you may want to consider betting on a few runners in various races to watch those potential returns rack up.

Grand National Odds and Runners for 2021

The Grand National betting 2021 is fascinating, even without dual-Cheltenham hero Tiger Roll running this year. Here are the five most popular horses in the Grand National betting for this year, along with their generalodds.

Cloth Cap

Only a 4/1 and 9/2 shot generally, Cloth Cap has been as low as 7/2 which seems incredible! Not many Grand National favourites are less than 8/1, however, this horse will prove to be incredibly popular.

Cloth Cap was installed as a favourite in November after winning the Ladbrokes Trophy very easily at Newbury. His owner Trevor Hemmings has won this race three times already and knows exactly what it takes, while trainer Jonjo O‘Neill was very canny in his prep.

With the National weights already announced, Cloth Cap was sent to Kelso where he won again in great style. He‘ll carry 10st 5lbs here, but had the weights been announced after his win in Scotland he‘d have been carrying fully 14lbs more and so he‘s considered “well in”.

Any Second Now

Trained by Ted Walsh for prominent owner JP McManus, Any Second Now has been well punted in the Grand National betting this year.

Ignoring Cheltenham, Walsh sent this nine-year-old for a prep over two miles at Navan where he won easily. There is one problem with that, however.

Regarding his sudden improvement in form, Walsh said that Any Second Now benefitted from not being in a big field. They don‘t come any bigger than the Grand National, so general quotes of 12/1 don‘t look too appealing.

As well as the trainer, the owner really knows his stuff. Should the money come in from JP himself for this horse, we should all sit up and take notice.

Burrows Saint

This horse represents the all-powerful Rich Ricci and Willie Mullins combination. He does have some barriers to overcome though.

Only an eight-year-old, Burrows Saint has been punted to around the 14/1 mark which is short enough. He hasn‘t been in the very best of form in his last three chases, although his price reflects the fact that he was the 2019 Irish Grand National winner so he should handle the big field and the 4¼-mile trip just fine.

Willie Mullins, the multiple champion trainer, won this race with Hedgehunter back in 2005. He knows what it takes to win the Grand National and is bound to have this one well prepared.

Minella Times

Three of the top five in the betting market are owned by JP McManus, including Minella Times. His price ranges from 10/1 up to 16/1 at present and there are glaring positives and negatives.

He is trained by Henry De Bromhead who had such a fantastic Cheltenham Festival and can do no wrong. He is just an eight-year-old, however, and has never won beyond 2¾ miles which is a concern.

Minella Times does have a nice racing weight, carrying just 10st 3lbs. Twice in recent times he has been second in 22-runner races which bodes well, and it‘ll be interesting to see if superstar Rachael Blackmore rides him once again as they are a very good combination.

Kimberlite Candy

Another McManus horse, Kimberlite Candy is many a pro punter‘s idea of the winner of this race. The Grand National has been the plan for a long time and he looks set to run a big race.

Now nine years old, this horse has had 16 chases and boasts the requisite experience. He‘s been second over the National fences twice in the Becher Chase, winning the Classic Chase at Warwick over 3 miles, 5 furlongs in between.

Carrying 10st 10lbs should be no burden, he stays and jumps well and should give a really good account. At a general 14/1 and 16/1, he‘s not a bad price either.

Tom Lacey trains this horse and he‘s had a very good season so far. With some luck in running, he looks hard to keep out of the first four or five.

Grand National Betting Tips

Grand National betting can feel unique, although some basic principles can still be followed. Make sure you consider the following before placing your National wagers:


Despite the idiosyncratic nature of this race, form is still important. Not many horses who aren‘t enjoying the game go and win the Grand National. Look out for horses in good form, especially those who‘ve won over distances of three miles and beyond.


Regardless of how good they are overall, horses carrying very big weights tend to struggle in this race. While handicaps exist for a reason, it‘s still hard to carry more than 10st 7lbs around 4¼ miles and across 30 fences, so always bear that in mind especially if the ground comes up soft.

Trainers and Jockeys

Everyone represented in this race is there for a reason and is capable of winning it. However, some horsemen are better than others. Check out the trainers with particularly good form in large-field handicap chases, especially over longer distances.


Knowing the personalities involved is crucial, but it won‘t help you get the best value. Choosing the right bookmaker is key too. Shop around, get the very best odds for your horse and if you can, open more than one account to take advantage of the various bonuses and special deals offered.

Where to Watch the Grand National 2021

As always, ITV Racing will be showing the big race live. If you can‘t be near a TV, however, never fear. Many bookmakers will be offeringlive streaming of the event too.

Firms such as Betfred, Paddy Power, Betfair and bet365 to name a few will all have live streaming of the Grand National in high quality, though in some cases a bet will need to be placed before you can activate the feed.

Live streaming of the Grand National is taken directly from Racing TV. With this, you can expect not only top-quality pictures but also full commentary of the race.

Grand National FAQ

Find out more about the event in the section below.

What is the Grand National?

The Grand National is the biggest betting event in the UK and Ireland. A National Hunt steeplechase, the race contains 40 runners taking on 30 of the toughest fences on the circuit. Fully £750,000 (€870,000) is offered in prize money.

When Does the Grand National Take Place?

The 2021 Grand National takes place on Saturday, April 10th at Aintree Racecourse. The three-day Aintree Festival meeting begins on Thursday, April 8th, with the big race going off at 5.15 pm on day three.

What are the Biggest Races at the Grand National Festival?

The Grand National itself is the feature race, but over the three days, there are many huge events.

10 Grade 1 races take place, namely the Manifesto Novices‘ Chase, the 4YO Juvenile Hurdle, the Betway Bowl, the Aintree Hurdle, the Top Novices‘ Hurdle, the Melling Chase, the Sefton Novices‘ Hurdle, the Mersey Novices‘ Hurdle, the Maghull Novices‘ Chase and the Liverpool Hurdle.

Who are the Best Jockeys at the Grand National?

Jockeys have proven to have less of an influence in this race than in other events. That said, look out for Brian Hughes, Nico de Boinville, Harry Cobden, Paul Townend, Jack Kennedy and Rachael Blackmore. All of these riders are in terrific form.

Who are the Best Trainers at the Grand National?

Henry De Bromhead and Willie Mullins are both in great form, though neither has a strong Grand National record. Jonjo O‘Neill trained the 2010 winner and is back with a big contender this year.

Who Won the Last Grand National?

While the 2020 Grand National was called off, the 2019 renewal was taken by Tiger Roll. That was his second win in the race, although unfortunately, he won‘t be back for another crack.

Do Irish Horses Do Well at the Grand National?

Irish horses had a poor record at Aintree until Bobbyjo‘s win in 1999. Since then, eight Irish-trained runners have won. With 23 of the 28 winners at Cheltenham trained in Ireland, hopes are high for a big showing at Aintree.

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