The Aintree Grand National is the most famous steeplechase in the world, attracting thousands of visitors to the old course’s grandstands, as well as bringing the UK and Ireland to a virtual halt.
This is because every man and his dog usually have a vested interest in this unpredictable race, whose thirty treacherous fences and four and a half miles of sodden turf stand between a horse/jockey partnership and greatness.
In this article we preview the 2021 edition of this historical event, which promises to be just as riveting as any other Grand National showcase.
When it comes to horse racing, be it on the flats or over the jumps, online sportsbooks are usually pretty spot on with their expert tipsters and odds offerings.
That is why Cloth Cap should be taken seriously, because the early ante-post money has been flowing to back this Irish bay gelding, with his odds coming in to 14/1 as the list of Grand National runners begins to take shape. The horse shot to prominence in November of last year as he produced a practically flawless jumping display at Newbury, clearing fences as if he had grown wings.
His owner, Trevor Hemmings, has a stellar record at Aintree, so you can see exactly why so many racing punters are already jumping onboard the Cloth Cap hype train.
While most Irish eyes and money will be on Cloth Cap, French attention will all be focused on Burrows Saint, because any horse that boasts a 42% win ratio, despite mixing it in top class company, has to be taken seriously. The horse trained by Willie Mullins was installed as the second favourite for the cancelled 2020 version of the Grand National and his odds suggest a similar billing this around.
The 12-month gap may actually have worked in his favour, giving Mullins and Co. the chance to fine tune his abilities away from the racing spotlight.
Trainer Gordon Elliot has been keeping his cards close to his chest about whether he plans to run Tiger Roll in the 2021 Grand National. It would be a crying shame for the horse not to try and claim a hattrick of Grand National wins, having triumphed in the races held in 2018 and 2019.
The uncertainty around the horse being present at the starting line means that there are some tempting odds available to back this born winner with, which could prove to be the definition of profitable for those racing fans who wish to see Tiger Roll create a stunning legacy.
Another horse whose odds have been cut in recent days is Kimberlite Candy. This is due to the horse having been favourably handicapped compared to its main rivals in the field.
This JP McManus owned horse has been hitting some form of late, notching up a podium finish in a class 1 race at Aintree in December. The going that day was heavy, and ultimately he finished a number lengths behind Vieux Lion Rouge who, by the way, is also a pretty decent shout at almost 50/1.
To be in with a chance of winning the 2021 Grand National it helps if you know you have the ability to beat Tiger Roll, and Easysland has done just that, beating the champion hurdler in a race at the Cheltenham Festival. He could well repeat the feat at Aintree.
Every racing aficionado knows that the going is key to how certain horses will perform on race day with plenty of punters scouring the weather charts for sign of adverse conditions. If the course is reduced to a quagmire by the famous English weather, then Potters Corner could be a good bet to plough through the mud and cause a shock.
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