Grand National 2021 tips, best bets and five to watch for Aintree race

After being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic last year, the Grand National is back in 2021. While Tiger Roll won’t be returning for a tilt at an historic third title – and the event will take place behind closed doors – there are still plenty of compelling storylines ahead of this year’s race.

Does Cloth Cap really justify such short-priced favouritism? Can Secret Reprieve follow up his Welsh National success with the big one? Or could Magic of Light become the first mare to win the world’s greatest steeplechase in 70 years?

We will be updating this file throughout the week with the latest tips and best bets.

Marcus Armytage’s five to watch at the 2021 Grand National

Odds correct as of April 5


Impressive winner of the Ladbrokes Trophy and subsequent start at Kelso. Likely to be a short-priced favourite. Jockey Tom Scudamore is bidding to emulate his grandfather Michael who rode the winner. His father Peter was never better than third.


Never worse than second in two starts over the fences and stays a trip having won the Warwick Classic. Goes well fresh. Jockey Richie McLernon tasted the narrowest of defeats in the race beaten a nose on Sunnyhillboy by Neptune Collonges in 2012. Great chance for redemption.


Cruised home in this season’s Welsh National. Gets in off a light weight but his regular jockey Adam Wedge faces a race against time to be fit having broken a vertebra in his back.   


Bidding to become the first mare to win since Nickel Coin in 1951, 70 years ago. Runner-up to Tiger Roll two years ago, she might have given him more of a fright had she not made a mistake at the last. 


Winner of last season’s Welsh National and ‘winner’ of last year’s Virtual Grand National but the Welsh trained gelding is not in such obvious good form this season having pulled up on his last start. 

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