Grand National 2021: Five contenders to watch out for in Aintree race

The 174th running of the Grand National takes place tomorrow and this will be one of the strangest with no spectators in attendance.

There’s a big favourite in the form of Cloth Cap but there are also many challengers in a race which can really go many ways.

We take a look at some of the leading contenders who will be going all-out to make headlines at 5:15pm on Saturday afternoon.


Discorama  –  18/1

Who doesn’t like a fun name? Many punters look closely at form, however when it comes to the Grand National many have flutter based on little more than a name and with this in mind, Discorama will have many backers. Indeed this runner might have you dancing in the streets if Bryan Cooper can grab his first ever win in the famous steeplechase and having proven himself over four miles at the Cheltenham festival last month, he certainly has the stamina needed to complete this marathon contest.


Magic Of Light  –  20/1

When choosing a potential Grand National winner, you really need to back a runner with a proven ability and Magic Of Light has that by the bucketload. He came second to Tiger Roll in the 2019 Grand National and he will be ridden by Robbie Power who won the famous steeplechase back in 2007. At 39-years of age, Power will be the oldest jockey competing in the National tomorrow afternoon but that didn’t prevent Davy Russell triumphing on Tiger Roll.


Minella Times  –  9/1

Rachael Blackmore is the jockey of the moment having become the first female rider to win the Cheltenham Festival champion jockey award last month. Can she emulate this success by once again etching her name into the record books? There are two things going against her in the Grand National – firstly Minella Times has attempted this distance before and the hype surrounding Blackmore has been pushing the price rather short. Still a very interesting contender in a race which produces surprises by the bucketload.


Cloth Cap  –  9/2

This is the big favourite in the 2021 Grand National and Tom Scudamore will look to get his first Grand National win after twenty years searching for it. His grandfather Michael won this race 62 years ago aboard Oxo and should Scudamore triumph on Saturday afternoon, it would be the fourth for owner Trevor Hemmings. Cloth Cap will be carrying a stone less than he would have if the handicapper was making his decision today, however the drawback of this is that the bookies are giving away a rather poor 5/1.


Burrows Saint  –  9/1

It is one of the big surprises of the Grand National that Willie Mullins has never won it at any point since 2005, however Burrows Saint has a great chance to put this to rights on Saturday afternoon. This would certainly hold mixed emotions for regular partner Paul Townsend who won’t be on board following an injury to his foot and Willie Mullins’s son Patrick will be in the saddle instead.