The two time Grand National winner was a very early favourite for the 2021 renewal. However, he was so well beaten at Cheltenham in November that connections considered retirement. That doesn’t appear to be the case anymore and so he is back in the betting markets.
Was on a roll last season and doing well until he fell in the Irish Grand National. But he has bounced back albeit in races much shorter in distance than the National. Has another couple of prep races in the works so expect odds to drop further if he does well.
Winner of the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse in 2019, he gave Willie Mullins his first win in the race. He will be 8-years-old when the 2021 Grand National rolls around which will improve his chances enormously.
Winner of the Coral Welsh National in January, Secret Reprieve is turning into a fine chaser but one that may be a little young for the 2021 Grand National. With only six chase starts under his belt, could be the one to buck all the usual winning trends?
NO. | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | FORM: 22-F11 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | AGE: 7 | TRAINER: E WILLIAMS
Has only won two races from 11 chase starts but one of them was at the Cheltenham Festival when he claimed victory in the Ultima Handicap Chase. If he continues his good form into next season he could be one to watch.
The Grand National always throws up a surprise and in 2019 it was the epic performance from 125/1 shot Magic Of Light. The mare romped home in second place and gave trainer Jessica Harrington a memorable debut as a trainer. Can she go one better and actually win the 2021 Grand National?
A Gold Cup runner who came so close to winning at Cheltenham before getting pipped to the post by Al Boum Photo. A really classy chaser but one that will probably head back to Cheltenham and avoid the National in 2021.
Kimberlite Candy cruised into Grand National contention last season when winning at Warwick. Over 3m5f, the 8-year-old won by a staggering 10L adding to his already impressive second-place finish in the Becher Chase in December 2019. He’s a definite runner for the 2021 Grand National.
With such an impressive chase record it’s no wonder Elegant Escape is a serious contender for the 2021 Grand National. With 13 wins or places from 18 chase starts, this 8-year-old won the Welsh National in 2018 but has failed to notch another win since.
A Gold Cup winner in 2018, Native River is a very classy chaser who has amassed earnings over £1m in his career. Would have to run off near top weight but at 11-years-old still has what it takes to be a champion.
As outsiders go, Kildisart is one to keep an eye on. Winning or placing in six of his ten chase starts, his form is very good. That includes a solid performance at Cheltenham when he was 2nd, by a neck, in the Ultima Handicap Chase.
Winner of the Welsh National in December 2019, Potters Corner also won the Midlands Grand National back in March. A runner with buckets of stamina but may need the ground on the softer side to show his true potential in the 2021 Grand National.
NO. | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | FORM: 1-5P011 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | AGE: 10 | TRAINER: C WILLIAMS
What a chaser. Anibale Fly was 4th in 2018 and 5th in 2019 carrying top weight and in between managed second place in the Gold Cup. Most recently, had a difficult season finishing last in the first three races but did place third at Naas last time out.
NO. | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | FORM: 5-9883 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | AGE: 10 | TRAINER: AJ MARTIN
Second to Cloth Cap most recently in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase, Aye Right has had a really good season so far, placing third in the Charlie hall Chase and was second at Kelso. That was after he ended last season with a fifth place in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham.
NO. | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | FORM: 15-232 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: H GRAHAM
Took his chances in the great race back in 2019 but pulled up. Since then he has won the Many Clouds Chase at Aintree, so there is some hope that he could run a solid race in 2021. May also head to Cheltenham first but his owner, Trevor Hemmings, loves the national so expect an entry at the very least.
NO. | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | FORM: P/533-1 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | AGE: 11 | TRAINER: N ALEXANDER
Winner of the Paddy Power Chase in December, Castlebawn West ticks a lot of boxes. However, he rarely runs beyond 3m so his ability to go the full distance in the Grand National has a question mark over it.
Won the Sodexo Gold Cup at Ascot in November before heading to the Cheltenham Festival where he placed 4th in the Ultima. A fine chaser with seriously good prospects if he can start tackling the longer distances.
Was having a great season in 2020 notching up two wins and a second place at Leopardstown before the break in racing. That said he is very lightly chased and not very experienced over the longer distances so connections may tackle that this coming season.
The Becher Chase winner clearly loves Aintree. Despite only a couple of small prep races he finished 4th in 2019 and went on to have another great set of runs in 2020. A great contender for the 2021 Grand National.
Winner of the National Hunt at the Cheltenham Festival in 2019, Le Breuil is definitely a serious Grand National 2021 contender. With stamina in bucket loads, age on his side, great form and able to carry hefty weights, he’s one to watch.
A young horse and one that has only going into his third season of racing. developing into a solid chaser, he has already won or placed in four of his six chase starts and even won the Kim Muir at Cheltenham.
Ran in the 2017 race but pulled-up under jockey Danny Cook. Skipped the next two Grand Nationals but was back for the Becher Chase in 2019 where he finished 4th. Had another good run in the Peter Marsh Chase in January and all going well should be back for the 2021 Grand National.
Ravenhill is very much a Summer horse, though he did come second in September in the Kerry National. If his stamina was in question before, then his win at the Cheltenham Festival over 3m6f in the National Hunt certainly answered it.
Moved to Paul Nicholls in October 2019 and has had four runs under his new trainer, coming third in the Welsh National under jockey Bryony Frost. Has previously had multiple Grand National entries but never actually run in the race.
A mixed bag from Ok Corral last season as he failed to impress in his first two starts but came to life winning the Sky Bet Handicap Chase at Doncaster. The only issue is that he really performs best at 3m and struggles with the longer distances.
Does well at Cheltenham and was 2nd in the National Hunt in 2019 before placing third in the Ultima in 2020. A really good chaser in the making if he starts the 2020/21 season well he could be a real contender for the Grand National.
With three wins from five chase starts, it looks like Colin Tizzard has another gem at his yard. That said, Copperhead will only be 7-years-old when the 2021 Grand National rolls around which is very young so connections may hold off for another year.
A fine chaser who already had a run in the National in 2019. He was pulled up but he was only 7-years-old. Won last time out the Cheltenham November meeting over 3m3f narrowly beating Yala Enki. A good Grand National 2021 prospect and one to watch as the season develops.
One of only a handful of mares likely to get an entry and run in the 2021 Grand National, Atlanta Ablaze is a horse that produces very mixed results. The distance may also be an issue as her only attempt at 3m7f resulted in a fall though she did run in the Ultima at Cheltenham.
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