Grand National 2021 LIVE: Runners latest, odds, tips, results for Aintree Festival showpiece on Thursday

GRAND NATIONAL week is finally here!

We'll be bringing you ALL of the latest runners, odds and build up to the annual Aintree showpiece plus all of the results from the festival.

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Follow ALL of the latest Aintree festival build up below…

  • Dylan Terry

    DAY ONE

    Who else is buzzing for this weekend to get underway? It all starts today!

    Credit: Getty
  • Dylan Terry

    Grand National 2021

    Templegate’s best bets for DAY ONE of blockbuster Aintree festival today:

    CLAN DES OBEAUX (2.50 Aintree, Nap – best bet)

    HITMAN (1.45 Aintree, nb – next bet)

    BILLAWAY (4.05 Aintree, treble – chuck in for a big win)

    See his full list of best bets on day one here.

  • Ian Tuckey

    TIGER TOO TAME

    Tiger Roll has "no chance whatsoever" of winning Saturday's National.

    That's the verdict of Gigginstown House Stud's racing manager Eddie O'Leary on the Aintree legend's return.

    The Racing Post quote O'Leary as saying: "Tiger Roll is not a Grade 1 horse and I think he's completely up against it.

    "I hope he jumps well and comes home safe but, to be honest, if he finished within 20 lengths of them we’d be thrilled.

    "This isn’t even a good Grade 1… In fact, it’s a terrible Grade 1 if truth be told. 

    "But we wouldn’t expect Tiger Roll to live with these horses because he’s not as good as them. It’s as simple as that. He’s 4-1? 

    "There should be a zero after that because he has no chance whatsoever. He has a crazy rating."

  • Ian Tuckey

    FERGIE HOPING TO COP GLORY

    Legendary Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is dreaming of Grand National glory this Saturday.

    Fergie is joint owner of Give Me A Copper, which has slipped down the betting to 66/1 following his poor January in Doncaster.

    But the 11-year-old has a useful pedigree over long distance.

    And trainer Paul Nicholls said: "He ran well at Doncaster first time then he didn’t run quite so well last time.

    "But I’ve always thought this race would suit him."

  • Ian Tuckey

    SEVEN UP FOR JP

    Owner J P McManus will have seven horses in the Randox Grand National – with Anibale Fly still needing a jockey.

    McManus' racing manager Frank Berry said: "Mark Walsh will ride Any Second Now, Richie McLernon rides Kimberlite Candy, Derek O'Connor probably rides Ok Corral because he's won on him a couple of times," said Berry.

    "Rachael (Blackmore) rides Minella Times for Henry (de Bromhead). The Long Mile runs, and Luke Dempsey will ride him. Tom Bellamy is on Canelo for Alan King.

    "We haven't sorted one out for Anibale Fly yet. He hasn't shown much of late, but Tony is very happy with him, and hopefully he's going there in good form."

  • Ian Tuckey

    SCUDAMORE: VICTORY WOULD BE PINNACLE

    Tom Scudamore says living up to the family name by winning Saturday's Grand National on hot favourite Cloth Cap would be "the pinnacle".

     

    Cloth Cap is overwhelming favourite to win, ridden by Tom ScudamoreCredit: GROSSICK The Steadings Rockhallhead Collin DG1 4JW 07710461723 www.grossick.co.uk JOHN

    Grandad Michael won the race on Oxo in 1959 and competed a record 16 time in a row.

    He told Sky Sports: "It is a race that you want to be involved in and growing up it is the race I wanted to win most.

    "It doesn't add any more pressure on to it having spent your whole career trying to win it, but it would just be the pinnacle as far as I am concerned.

    "Growing up we would talk at Sunday lunches for hours about the Grand National.

    "Grandad rode in 16 consecutive Nationals and dad rode in 13 and I think I could talk about every single ride that they had and how they got on."

  • Craig Mahood

    ON A ROLL

    Five-time Cheltenham hero Tiger Roll had been favourite for the Irish National on Monday, but connections have instead opted for another trip to Aintree.

    Owners Gigginstown Stud – run by Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary – had already taken their star out of the Grand National at Aintree over his allocated weight and rating.

    The 11-year-old could have looked to have emulated the legendary Red Rum and win his third National at Aintree.

    But he will instead run in the Grade 1 Betway Bowl over three miles and one furlong on the opening day of the Grand National meeting.

    It means he will be able to run off level weights instead of carrying top in the Irish National.

    He will be partnered by Jack Kennedy, who takes over the ride from Keith Donoghue who rode him to success at Cheltenham in Davy Russell's absence.

    Tiger Roll and Davy Russell on their way to 2019 Grand National victory

     

  • Craig Mahood

    PRIMED FOR THIS

    Monmiral has now gone odds-on for tomorrow's second race, the Juvenile Hurdle. for Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden,

    Nicholls held back going to Cheltenham, instead preparing him for a run round Aintree instead.

    His last win at Haydock has been given a huge boost by the second and third running well in the Boodles at Cheltenham. Elham Valley – third behind Monmiral at Haydock – was less than three lengths third to Jeff Kidder at Cheltenham.

    Nicholls told Betfair:

    He's a good example of my belief that everything in the season shouldn't revolve around Cheltenham. We don't buy and train horses just for the Festival. We don't have to take horses there, we were not tempted by the Triumph Hurdle and it was always the plan that Monmiral would head instead to Aintree after he won impressively on both starts for us. The form of his latest success at Haydock has been well and truly franked by the second and the third. While he has only ever raced on soft ground I feel that good to soft on Thursday will be fine for him. Leading chance.

    Paul Nicholls

  • Craig Mahood

    WOWZA!

    These fearsome Grand National fences have caused some carnage in the past.

    But carnage = remarkable still shots.

    We have collated some of the best for you HERE

  • Craig Mahood

    FANCY A MASS OF FREE BETS?

    Sun Racing are on hand with the best sign-up offers for the Grand National on Saturday, adding up to £140 in free bets.

    We have teamed up with some of the best bookmarkers on the planet to help our readers with a good balance for a busy week!

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  • Craig Mahood

    IS IT WORTH IT?

    Connections of Saturday's Grand National winner will pocket a whopping £375,000.

    This will be divided between the horse's owners, the trainer and the jockey.

    The total prize fund for this year's race is £750,000.

    Six figures is nothing to be sniffed at but the effect of no punters on racecourses has been felt, with the overall pot falling £250,000 since three years ago.

    There was no Grand National in 2020 owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

    So yes, probably just about worth it…..

    The Red Rum statue
  • Craig Mahood

    TIMES IS NOW

    ICYMI – The Queen of Cheltenham Rachael Blackmore has had her Grand National ride confirmed.

    Bookies had already slashed the odds of Henry de Bromhead's Minella Times after assuming that would be Blackmore's choice.

    And they have been proven correct as Blackmore sets out to make yet more history this year.

    Her mount is around the 10/1 mark with most firms.

  • Craig Mahood

    RED HOT FORM

    No, not Rachael Blackmore or Henry de Bromhead.

    Our man Templegate landed a 6/1 NAP bet earlier this afternoon at Lingfield and his treble pick (to enhance the odds of a treble) just went down by a length.

    His next best has gone odds-on later this evening in Forest Falcon at Newcastle.

    He couldn't be in hotter form right now and luckily for us, he has gone through the entire card for us to pick a winner from EVERY race – as well as from the other UK meetings too.

    CHECK TEMPLEGATE'S THOUGHTS

  • Craig Mahood

    WINNER WINNER

    Even the winner's enclosure is getting a last minute touch-up the night before the big day.

    Who will make the first journey here tomorrow?

  • Craig Mahood

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  • Craig Mahood

    NO CHANGE SO FAR

    Cloth Cap remains steady at around 4/1 with Paddy Power for Saturday's Randox Grand National.

    Cloth Cap 4/1

    Burrows Saint 8/1

    Kimberlite Candy 10/1

    Any Second Now 10/1

    Minella Times 10/1

    Secret Reprieve 12/1

    Discorama 14/1

    The Storyteller 14/1

    Mister Malarky 20/1

    Farclas 20/1

    Magic Of Light 20/1

    Potters Corners 20/1

    25/1 bar

  • Craig Mahood

    WHO IS RUNNING WHEN?

    Too many races, runners and riders to keep on top of?

    Not sure where yoour tip is running?

    SunSport have your day one racecards available online 👇

    RACECARDS HERE

  • Craig Mahood

    SMALL STAKES – BIG WINNERS

    Here as SunSport, we have scouted round the bigger priced runners tomorrow to find you our three best outside bets.

    Longshot

    DASHING PERK (4.05 Aintree)

    Ridden by Sam Waley-Cohen, who may be an amateur but is one of the best jockeys around over the National fences. He can get him round and could easily run into the places.

    FIND OUT OUR OTHER PICKS HERE

  • Craig Mahood

    INSIDE THE WEIGHING ROOMS

    A sneak peak inside what will be a hectic area for the jockeys this week.

    The weight is almost over…..🙄

  • Craig Mahood

    🚨 MARKET MOVER 🚨

    Irish raider Some Neck is the latest livewire in the betting ahead of Saturday's Randox Grand National at Aintree.

    John McConnell's ten-year-old has been backed into 25-1 from as big as 40-1 this morning.

    He finished third to a resurgent Tiger Roll in the Cross-Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

    And punters clearly think the stamina test Aintree offers will suit the former Willie Mullins inmate.

  • Craig Mahood

    TEMPLEGATE'S BEST BET

    Steve Mullen – best known to us as Templegate – has been poring over the form of this week's runners for a good while now and brings us his bets of the week.

    He takes you through the card with a pick for EVERY race here.

    But here is his NAP – or his best bet – for day one.

    CLAN DES OBEAUX has been in the frame for the past two runnings of this race and can get his head in front. He has been in decent form this season and put up a decent defence of his King George crown when third.

    Sir Alex Ferguson's horse stepped up on that to go down in a tight finish at Newbury last time and the first-time cheekpieces could just liven him up a little bit. We know this trip and track suit so he should be right there.

    Templegate

  • Craig Mahood

    BOOST THE BANK

    You can begin to boost your betting bank ahead of the Grand National with Betfair's early new-customer offer.

    If you sign up with the bookmaker now you can get £40 in free bets when you bet £10 – £20 for now and £20 for the Grand National Festival at Aintree next week.

    That means you could spend you first £20 free bet on any sportsbook market, including football, and you will then have £20 to bet with on the National.

    Find out how, HERE

  • Craig Mahood

    SETTING THE SCENE

    The calm before the almightiest of storms!

    Here is how the course looks on the eve of the festival.

  • Craig Mahood

    OK TO GO

    Nicky Henderson believes OK Corral is fine and will run a good race in the Grand National this Saturday – despite pulling up lame at Cheltenham.

    The horse looked to be Henderson's best chance of National success for a while last year before coronavirus stopped the event going ahead. He told Unibet:

    He was perfectly fine that night, never mind the next day. He has been schooling well over the Aintree fences and as long as things go well over the next few days he will run. We haven’t had a good preparation this year as we did last but he has been jumping well and hopefully he will run his race.

    Nicky Henderson

  • Craig Mahood

    LIVERPOOL 0…MAN UNITED 1?

    Sir Alex Ferguson can celebrate another win in Liverpool this Saturday – thanks to his Grand National runner.

    The Manchester United legend's horse Give Me A Copper is set to run in the world's most famous race.

    Give Me A Copper is currently a 50-1 shot for the 40-runner contest.

    But anything can happen in the chaos and carnage that is certain to ensue, so don't let some big odds put you off a flutter.

    The horse is very lightly raced and was a big shout for last year's renewal until coronavirus forced it to go virtual.

    He could be a bit more animated than he was in 2019 when it won at Wincanton!

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