2021 Grand National
It's certainly going to be a different atmosphere at this years Grand National with a lack of crowds and colourful hats, however we will still be providing our Grand National runners and riders including our predictions. The National is due to take place between 8th - 10th April, however there has been talks of the dates being put back to accompany the governments four stage plan to lift lockdown.
With the race course closed and betting shops around the country unable to open, it would have a devastating impact on the Grand National and industry as a whole, so pushing the date back could be a viable option and one that is looking most likely.
Whatever happens this year we will be keen to provide our Grand national tips. At Betinfo24 we provide horse racing tips on a daily basis, but we all know that the Grand National is a bit special and it encourages punters wide and far to get involved. We will do our best to provide wining selections. You can find a full list of Grand National runners including odds here. The field of 40 runners is yet to be confirmed however there are pre market odds available, with the clear favourite 'Cloth Cap' at 6/1. We will certainly be providing more Grand National tips closer to the time so be sure to check back for those.
There are also some other interesting entries, including Potters Corner at 25/1 and 'Bristol De Mai' at 40/1, both will be popular choices at this year's National.
Last years race was cancelled due to the national lockdown and in its place they provided a virtual race, which to be fair was better than anticipated but as all know, nothing beats reality.
The prize fund for the Grand National stands at over a £1 Million which makes it the most valuable and most popular race in the horse racing calendar. There is certainly a lot of terminology involved when it comes down to punters finding the winner, from tips from a friend to picking your favourite number or basing your selection solely on stats.
One of the stand out stats that we like to use when finding a winner is weight. Did you know that over the last 10 years only 4 winners were carrying over 11-01?
And only 2 winners were favs!! So a good place to start would be to look at the odds and the weight. Another interesting fact is that 8 of the last 10 winners had not had a fall during that season. Now as we know, the Grand National is an extremely tough test of jumping, so selecting a horse that jumps well is imperative.
Lord Du Mensil and Secret Reprieve seem to fit the bill and look like solid Grand National selections for 2021.
So what about backing last years winner of the virtual Grand National? wouldn't that be a coincidence if the winner of this years National was the same horse who won the virtual national... Potters Corner, who was meant to be running at Cheltenham this but was pulled out, is still on course to run at Aintree this year.
The horse is recovering from some swelling in the leg but this shouldn't dampen his chances of a shot at the National.
We are extremely hopeful that this years Aintree festival will take place, albeit it at a later date than usual. It will be great to see the crowds back at the Grand National and we can't wait to provide our analysis and race predictions so be sure to subscribe to our 2 free tips day
It's without doubt the grandest spectacle of the year and if it does go ahead on the proposed date it will be disappointing not to have the large crowds, but I am sure as ever the nation will be cheering on their runners from home.
If the festival is pushed back to a later date then we are in for a summer treat. So how would that affect prospects of the Grand National winner? well firmer ground may play a huge role in the outcome and it will be interesting to how many runners are withdrawn should the National go ahead during the summer months.
Only time will tell