The stands may have been light on racing fans but that didn’t stop the 2021 Grand National from being an absolute cracker of a race.

40 horses and jockeys lined up and after a small false start got going just after 5.15pm on Saturday, April 10th 2021.

Would we see history being made? Yes, we would as Rachael Blackmore rode straight into the history books as the first female jockey to win a Grand National.

It may have taken 173 years but it finally happened. The young jockey partnered with Minella Times for Henry De Bromhead and after a brilliantly strategic race, romped home, much to the delight of millions of viewers who watched from around the world.

Race Finishing Order

As with any Grand National, the race started at a fantastic pace. However, fence one was the undoing of Lake View Lad who fell under jockey Brian Hughes. The rest of the field cleared fences two and three but the 2019 runner-up, Magic Of Light, unseated her rider Robbie Power at fence four.

All was going well until fence 11when 80/1 outsider Minellacelebration unseated Ben Poste. They were soon joined by Double Shuffle who fell at fence 12 and Anibale Fly who was the first to pull up at fence 13.

Fence 15 marked the ending for Canelo and Ami Debois with Mister Malarky and Takingrisks pulling up at fence 17.

16 more runners went out between fences 20 and 29 including the race favourite Cloth Cap who bowed out at fence 28.

Rachael Blackmore Makes History

So with the favourite out of contention, it was all to race for. And boy did we get the thrill of a lifetime as Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore took the race and led the field from two fences out.

It was the crowning glory to what had already been an exceptional year for the young jockey. With the Cheltenham Festival jockey title already in the bag, the National simply solidified her credentials as one of the finest jockeys riding today.

Rest Of The Field

Unfortunately for all involved, and in particular the connections, The Long Mile suffered an injury while running on a flat portion of the race and had to be euthanised after the race.

Two fences out only five runners were still in with a shot of winning the Grand National. They included three short-priced pre-race favourites including Minella Times, Any Second Now, Discorama, Burrows Saint and Balko Des Flos.

With Minella Times taking the win, it was stablemate, the 100/1 Balko Des Flos who finished in second place. That gave trainer Henry De Bromhead an unprecedented one-two in the race.

Prize money was reduced in 2021 due to the lack of ticket sales, so the whole race was worth just £750,000 as opposed to the usual £1 million.

Finishing Order

In the end, only 15 runners and riders finished the 2021 Grand National. The Finishing Order is below:

Position Name Age Handicap
(st–lb)
SP Jockey Trainer
1 Minella Times 8 10-03 11/1 Rachael Blackmore Henry De Bromhead
2 Balko De Flos 10 10-09 100/1 Aidan Coleman Henry De Bromhead
3 Any Second Now 9 10-09 15/2 Mark Walsh Ted Walsh
4 Burrows Saint 8 10-13 9/1 Patrick Mullins Willie Mullins
5 Farclas 7 10-03 16/1 Jack Kennedy Denise Foster
6 Blaklion 12 10-02 50/1 Harry Skelton Dan Skelton
7 Discorama 8 10-06 16/1 Bryan Cooper Paul Nolan
8 Jett 10 10-07 80/1 Sam Waley-Cohen Jessica Harrington
9 Cabaret Queen 9 10-05 80/1 Sean O’Keeffe Willie Mullins
10 Shattered Love 10 10-07 33/1 Kevin Sexton Denise Foster
11 Alpha Des Obeaux 11 10-09 80/1 Jody McGarvey Denise Foster
12 Hogans Height 10 10-03 100/1 Gavin Sheehan Jamie Snowden
13 Acapella Bourgeois 11 10-12 20/1 Danny Mullins Willie Mullins
14 Sub Lieutenant 12 10-03 50/1 Tabitha Worsley Georgia Howell
15 Class Conti 9 10-06 66/1 Brian Hayes Willie Mullins

Non Finishers Order

Below is the finishing order for those runners and riders that didn’t manage to make it around in 2021.

Fence Name Jockey SP Fate
1 Lake View Lad Brian Hughes 50/1 Fell
4 Magic Of Light Robbie Power 14/1 Unseated Rider
11 Minellacelebration Ben Poste 80/1 Unseated Rider
12 Double Shuffle Jonathan Burke 66/1 Fell
13 Anibale Fly Denis O’Regan 28/1 Pulled Up
15 Canelo Thomas Bellamy 66/1 Fell
15 Ami Desbois Kielan Woods 100/1 Brought Down
17 Takingrisks Sean Quinlan 14/1 Pulled Up
17 Mister Malarky Jonjo O’Neill Jnr 12/1 Pulled Up
20 Yala Enki Bryony Frost 40/1 Unseated Rider
20 Vieux Lion Rouge Conor O’Farrell 66/1 Fell
21 Ballyoptic Sam Twiston-Davies 66/1 Refused
21 OK Corral Derek O’Connor 80/1 Pulled Up
21 Lord Du Mesnil Nick Scholfield 50/1 Pulled Up
22 Bristol De Mai Daryl Jacob 25/1 Pulled Up
22 Potters Corner Jack Tudor 22/1 Pulled Up
23 The Long Mile Luke Dempsey 50/1 Pulled Up
26 Talkischeap Tom Cannon 33/1 Pulled Up
27 Chris’s Dream D O’Keeffe 40/1 Unseated Rider
28 Cloth Cap Tom Scudamore 11/2f Pulled Up
29 Kimberlite Candy Richie McLernon 20/1 Pulled Up
29 Give Me A Copper Sean Bowen 33/1 Pulled Up
29 Definitly Red Ryan Mania 28/1 Pulled Up
29 Tout Est Permis Sean Flanagan 100/1 Pulled Up
29 Milan Native Jamie Codd 50/1 Pulled Up

So there you have the finishing order for the race. It was simply thrilling and for many, one of the most exciting as Blackmore finally did what was looking like an impossible feat. I put it on a par with AP McCoy winning in 2010.

So roll on the Grand National 2022 when we get to do it all over again!