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Grand National 2021 Runners - Full List Of Horses & Riders

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Grand National 2021 Runners - Full List Of Horses & Riders

It's nearly time for the Grand National 2021, and it's high time you started to familiarise yourself with the names involved in this year's race. Find here a full list of Grand National runners and riders for horse racing's greatest steeplechase.



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The Grand National is UK's annual horse race that stops the nation. This year's edition will be an extra special running of the greatest steeplechase in the world after last year’s race was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2021 Grand National will be held at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday, April 10th at 5.15pm. Sponsored by Randox Health, it is a UK handicap steeplechase over 4 miles 514 yards with horses jumping 30 fences over two laps.

The £1 million showpiece is again set to feature a maximum field of 40 after 68 entries stood their ground at Monday's declaration stage.

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    Which horses are running in the 2021 Grand National?   

    The final field for this year's Grand National at Aintree this Saturday took greater shape on Monday when 68 entries stood their ground at the five-day stage.

    Below you’ll find the official list of Grand National Runners leading up to Aintree 2021.

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    (Racecard number, horse, trainer, jockey, recent form, age, weight carried ie 11st 10lb is top weight. Form: F - Fell, P- Pulled up, U -Unseated rider.)

    1 Bristol De MaiTrainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies
    Jockey: Daryl Jacob
    Odds: 28-1

    2 Chris's DreamTrainer: Henry de Bromhead
    Jockey: Darragh O'Keeffe
    Odds: 50-1

    3 Yala EnkiTrainer: Paul Nicholls
    Jockey: Bryony Frost
    Odds: 50-1

    4 BallyopticTrainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies
    Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies
    Odds: 80-1

    5 Definitly RedTrainer: Brian Ellison
    Jockey: Henry Brooke
    Odds: 40-1

    6 Lake View LadTrainer: Nick Alexander
    Jockey: Brian Hughes
    Odds: 50-1

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    7 Burrows SaintTrainer: Willie Mullins
    Jockey: Patrick Mullins
    Odds: 9-1

    8 Magic Of LightTrainer: Jessica Harrington
    Jockey: Robbie Power
    Odds: 16-1

    9 Acapella BourgeoisTrainer: Willie Mullins
    Jockey: Danny Mullins
    Odds: 25-1

    10 TalkischeapTrainer: Alan King
    Jockey: Tom Cannon
    Odds: 50-1

    11 Tout Est PermisTrainer: Noel Meade
    Jockey: Sean Flanagan
    Odds: 100-1

    12 Anibale FlyTrainer: Tony Martin
    Jockey: Denis O'Regan
    Odds: 28-1

    13 Mister MalarkyTrainer: Colin Tizzard
    Jockey: Jonjo O'Neill Jr
    Odds: 16-1

    14 Kimberlite CandyTrainer: Tom Lacey
    Jockey: Richie McLernon
    Odds: 16-1

    15 Any Second NowTrainer: Ted Walsh
    Jockey: Mark Walsh
    Odds: 10-1

    16 Balko Des FlosTrainer: Henry de Bromhead
    Jockey: Aidan Coleman
    Odds: 100-1

    17 Alpha Des ObeauxTrainer: Denise Foster
    Jockey: Jody McGarvey
    Odds: 66-1

    18 Ok CorralTrainer: Nicky Henderson
    Jockey: Derek O'Connor
    Odds: 80-1

    19 TakingrisksTrainer: Nicky Richards
    Jockey: Sean Quinlan
    Odds: 14-1

    20 Shattered LoveTrainer: Denise Foster
    Jockey: Kevin Sexton
    Odds: 50-1

    21 JettTrainer: Jessica Harrington
    Jockey: Sam Waley-Cohen
    Odds: 80-1

    22 Lord Du MesnilTrainer: Richard Hobson
    Jockey: Nick Scholfield
    Odds: 50-1

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    23 Potters CornerTrainer: Christian Williams
    Jockey: Jack Tudor
    Odds: 22-1

    24 Class ContiTrainer: Willie Mullins
    Jockey: Brian Hayes
    Odds: 40-1

    25 Milan NativeTrainer: Denise Foster
    Jockey: Jamie Codd
    Odds: 40-1

    26 DiscoramaTrainer: Paul Nolan
    Jockey: Bryan Cooper
    Odds: 20-1

    27 Vieux Lion RougeTrainer: David Pipe
    Jockey: Conor O'Farrell
    Odds: 66-1

    28 Cloth CapTrainer: Jonjo O'Neill
    Jockey: Tom Scudamore
    Odds: 11-2 favourite

    29 Cabaret QueenTrainer: Willie Mullins
    Jockey: Sean O'Keeffe
    Odds: 80-1

    30 MinellacelebrationTrainer: Katy Price
    Jockey: Ben Poste
    Odds: 100-1

    31 CaneloTrainer: Alan King
    Jockey: Tom Bellamy
    Odds: 66-1

    32 The Long MileTrainer: Philip Dempsey
    Jockey: Luke Dempsey
    Odds: 66-1

    33 Give Me A CopperTrainer: Paul Nicholls
    Jockey: Harry Cobden
    Odds: 40-1

    34 FarclasTrainer: Denise Foster
    Jockey: Jack Kennedy
    Odds: 20-1

    35 Minella TimesTrainer: Henry de Bromhead
    Jockey: Rachael Blackmore
    Odds: 9-1

    36 Sub LieutenantTrainer: Georgie Howell
    Jockey: Tabitha Worsley
    Odds: 50-1

    37 Hogan's HeightTrainer: Jamie Snowden
    Jockey: Gavin Sheehan
    Odds: 100-1

    38 Double ShuffleTrainer: Tom George
    Jockey: Jonathan Burke
    Odds: 80-1

    39 Ami DesboisTrainer: Graeme McPherson
    Jockey: Kielan Woods
    Odds: 100-1

    40 BlaklionTrainer: Dan Skelton
    Jockey: Harry Skelton
    Odds: 50-1

    Who are the Grand National favorites?

    Cloth Cap is the ante-post favourite. The Jonjo O’Neill-trained nine-year-old is unbeaten on his last two starts – November’s Grade 3 Trophy Chase win at Newbury and the Premier Chase at Kelso in March.

    There will be no previous Grand National winners in the line-up, but Vieux Lion Rouge, Blaklion and Hogan’s Height do boast a victory over the big fences and many others in the line-up have run well over them.

    Furthermore, many horses have won at the Cheltenham Festival - Balko Des Flos, Shattered Love, Milan Native, Farclas and Blaklion.

    Other notable long-distance winners in the field include Takingrisks (Scottish National), Potters Corner (Welsh National), Secret Reprieve (Welsh National), Cloth Cap (Ladbrokes Trophy), Bristol De Mai (three-time Betfair Chase winner), Burrows Saint (Irish Grand National) and Talkischeap (bet365 Gold Cup).

    Double winner Tiger Roll will miss this year's renewal - he will run in the AIntree Bowl - due to unfair weight.

    What are the Grand National Reserves? 

    A maximum field of 40 horses will be allowed to run, with the final declarations revealed at 10am on Thursday. The remaining 28 - the lowest rated horses - will be balloted out 48 hours before the contest.

    The four reserves are:

    41 Some Neck (Simon Torrens)
    42 Secret Reprieve (James Bowen)
    43 Kauto Riko 
    44 Fagan (Harry Bannister)

    What is the final list of Grand National runners? 

    The initial entry date is at the end of January and then there are further stages through to the race day when runners need to be confirmed at declaration stages which are sometimes called forfeit stages. At each stage a runners connections may need to pay a further entry fee to confirm their runner.

    The last declaration stage takes place at 10am on the Thursday before the race at which point the top 40 runners in the weights are left in along with four reserves.

    • Entries closes January 29
    • Entries revealed January 30 (112 entries)
    • Weights revealed February 12
    • First scratchings deadline February 26
    • Second scratchings deadline March 19
    • Five-day confirmations April 5
    • Final declarations 10am April 8.

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    1 Bristol De Mai

    Three-time Betfair Chase winner, has lots of top-class form but carries top weight as a consequence.

    Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies
    Jockey: Daryl Jacob
    Odds: 28-1

    2 Chris's Dream

    Second in a Down Royal Grade 1 in October but failed to fire since; will need to step up considerably.

    Trainer: Henry de Bromhead
    Jockey: Darragh O'Keeffe
    Odds: 50-1

    3 Yala Enki

    Popular stayer and capable of running well; fell at the first on sole previous outing on National course.

    Trainer: Paul Nicholls
    Jockey: Bryony Frost
    Odds: 50-1

    4 Ballyoptic

    Charlie Hall Chase winner and Scottish National second; form figures of FF0 on National course.

    Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies
    Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies
    Odds: 80-1

     

    5 Definitly Red

    Has to turn recent form around with Cloth Cap; pulled up in this in 2017 and fourth in Becher Chase in 2019.

    Trainer: Brian Ellison
    Jockey: Henry Brooke
    Odds: 40-1

    6 Lake View Lad

    Another who has it to find with Cloth Cap on form, but won Many Clouds Chase here in December and champion jockey on board.

    Trainer: Nick Alexander
    Jockey: Brian Hughes
    Odds: 50-1


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    7 Burrows Saint

    Irish Grand National winner in 2019 and conditions will be ideal. Lots to like about his chances.

    Trainer: Willie Mullins
    Jockey: Patrick Mullins
    Odds: 9-1

    8 Magic Of Light

    Off 5lb higher than when second to Tiger Roll in this in 2019; has solid each-way claims.

    Trainer: Jessica Harrington
    Jockey: Robbie Power
    Odds: 16-1

     

    9 Acapella Bourgeois

    Beat stablemate Burrows Saint in Bobbyjo Chase last time; could be suited by this unique test.

    Trainer: Willie Mullins
    Jockey: Danny Mullins
    Odds: 25-1

    10 Talkischeap

    Won the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown in 2019; light campaign this year with connections targeting this race.

    Trainer: Alan King
    Jockey: Tom Cannon
    Odds: 50-1

    11 Tout Est Permis

    Plenty of solid form but not won in 15 starts; career-best required on his first run at Aintree.

    Trainer: Noel Meade
    Jockey: Sean Flanagan
    Odds: 100-1

    12 Anibale Fly

    Finished fourth and fifth in the last two runnings and is an intriguing contender off 9lb lower; makes appeal.

    Trainer: Tony Martin
    Jockey: Denis O'Regan
    Odds: 28-1

     

    13 Mister Malarky

    Listed Silver Cup win at Ascot in December; encouraging return after wind operation last time; each-way contender.

    Trainer: Colin Tizzard
    Jockey: Jonjo O'Neill Jr
    Odds: 16-1

    14 Kimberlite Candy

    Second in last two runnings of Becher Chase and won the Classic Chase at Warwick in between; obvious claims.

    Trainer: Tom Lacey
    Jockey: Richie McLernon
    Odds: 16-1


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    15 Any Second Now

    2019 Kim Muir winner and career-best success on Racing Post Ratings in Grade 2 chase last time; leading contender.

    Trainer: Ted Walsh
    Jockey: Mark Walsh
    Odds: 10-1

    16 Balko Des Flos

    Ryanair Chase winner in 2018 but way below that form this year; fences need to spark a revival.

    Trainer: Henry de Bromhead
    Jockey: Aidan Coleman
    Odds: 100-1

     

    17 Alpha Des Obeaux

    Fell at The Chair in this in 2018 but third in Becher Chase in 2019; caught the eye when fourth in Cross Country Chase last time.

    Trainer: Denise Foster
    Jockey: Jody McGarvey
    Odds: 66-1

    18 Ok Corral

    Won the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster last year but pulled up on sole start this season; massive step up required.

    Trainer: Nicky Henderson
    Jockey: Derek O'Connor
    Odds: 80-1

    19 Takingrisks

    Scottish National, Rehearsal and Sky Bet Chase winner; a big price but not to be underestimated.

    Trainer: Nicky Richards
    Jockey: Sean Quinlan
    Odds: 14-1

    20 Shattered Love

    Talented mare who has held her form well this season; more required here on first start over National fences.

    Trainer: Denise Foster
    Jockey: Kevin Sexton
    Odds: 50-1

     

    21 Jett

    A well-beaten eighth in this season's Becher Chase; failed to fire since and faces a stiff task.

    Trainer: Jessica Harrington
    Jockey: Sam Waley-Cohen
    Odds: 80-1

    22 Lord Du Mesnil

    Trial winner at Haydock in February and has course experience over shorter trip; sounder surface is a question mark.

    Trainer: Richard Hobson
    Jockey: Nick Scholfield
    Odds: 50-1


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    23 Potters Corner

    Welsh National hero in 2019 and this season has been tailored around a crack at this; interesting runner.

    Trainer: Christian Williams
    Jockey: Jack Tudor
    Odds: 22-1

    24 Class Conti

    Solid campaigner who has plenty of good handicap chase form; could go well at a price on first visit to Aintree.

    Trainer: Willie Mullins
    Jockey: Brian Hayes
    Odds: 40-1

     

    25 Milan Native

    2020 Kim Muir winner and second run after wind op; will need to jump better but could be in the mix if taking to the fences.

    Trainer: Denise Foster
    Jockey: Jamie Codd
    Odds: 40-1

    26 Discorama

    Not won since November 2018; plenty of good efforts since but needs to bounce back after wind surgery.

    Trainer: Paul Nolan
    Jockey: Bryan Cooper
    Odds: 20-1

    27 Vieux Lion Rouge

    Doesn't lack course experience with nine course starts and two Becher Chase wins; others likely to be better handicapped.

    Trainer: David Pipe
    Jockey: Conor O'Farrell
    Odds: 66-1

    28 Cloth Cap

    Hot favourite and 14lb well in after latest Kelso win; first run at Aintree but the one to beat as he arrives at the top of his game.

    Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill
    Jockey: Tom Scudamore
    Odds: 11-2 favourite

     

    29 Cabaret Queen

    Munster and Kerry National winner in last two seasons; much more required here though.

    Trainer: Willie Mullins
    Jockey: Sean O'Keeffe
    Odds: 80-1

    30 Minellacelebration

    Fine record on Mildmay course; unseated rider in Becher Chase in December and not troubled principals since; had a wind op.

    Trainer: Katy Price
    Jockey: Ben Poste
    Odds: 100-1


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    31 Canelo

    Rowland Meyrick winner at Wetherby in December; progressive but needs a big career-best.

    Trainer: Alan King
    Jockey: Tom Bellamy
    Odds: 66-1

    32 The Long Mile

    Two Grade B Handicap Chase wins to his name; has to turn around Bobbyjo Chase form with Burrows Saint and Acapella Bourgeois.

    Trainer: Philip Dempsey
    Jockey: Luke Dempsey
    Odds: 66-1

     

    33 Give Me A Copper

    Inconsistent but talented chaser; good on his day but might lack the class for this.

    Trainer: Paul Nicholls
    Jockey: Harry Cobden
    Odds: 40-1

    34 Farclas

    Second to The Shunter in the Plate and gets in off nice weight; open to improvement on eighth chase start and has a live shout.

    Trainer: Denise Foster
    Jockey: Jack Kennedy
    Odds: 20-1

    35 Minella Times

    Ultra-progressive this season with a win and two seconds; fancied to go close for top trainer-jockey combination.

    Trainer: Henry de Bromhead
    Jockey: Rachael Blackmore
    Odds: 9-1

    36 Sub Lieutenant

    Likeable veteran running for mother-and-daughter team; a big ask but did finish second in Topham in 2019.

    Trainer: Georgie Howell
    Jockey: Tabitha Worsley
    Odds: 50-1

     

    37 Hogan's Height

    Clear winner of the Grand Sefton in 2019; lightly raced since but well beaten in Cross Country Chase last time.

    Trainer: Jamie Snowden
    Jockey: Gavin Sheehan
    Odds: 100-1

    38 Double Shuffle

    Class horse on his day; conditions to suit but has to prove stamina for this marathon trip.

    Trainer: Tom George
    Jockey: Jonathan Burke
    Odds: 80-1

    39 Ami Desbois

    Second on three of last four starts; this is another level though and he may be out of his depth.

    Trainer: Graeme McPherson
    Jockey: Kielan Woods
    Odds: 100-1

    40 Blaklion

    Grand National fourth and Becher Chase winner in 2017; not won since and big improvement on recent efforts required.

    Trainer: Dan Skelton
    Jockey: Harry Skelton
    Odds: 50-1

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