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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The Grand National will enjoy a return to some normality in 2021 albeit without crowds and a familiar face.After missing the chance of a “three-peat” when last year’s race was cancelled by the coronavirus pandemic, Tiger Roll will miss this Saturday’s renewal after an argument over its handicap.While the fans’ favourite won’t take part, punters will be pleased the real thing can go ahead at Aintree this year after the 2020 event was replaced by a virtual charity race.The i newsletter latest news and analysisEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Picking a winner won’t be any easier than usual though. Tiger Roll’s absence has left the field wide open, with Jonjo O’Neill’s Cloth Cap, an impressive winner of the Ladbrokes Trophy and Kelso’s Premier Chase, looking set to go off as favourite of the 40 runners (scroll down for full list). How to watch Grand National 2021 Date: Saturday 10 April 2021Time: 5.15pmTV channel: Live on ITV1 and the ITV HubWeather: 8°C, partly cloudyGoing: Good to Soft, Good (in places) Grand National 2021 odds Cloth Cap: 4-1 Burrows Saint: 8-1Any Second Now: 10-1Minella Times: 12-1Kimberlite Candy: 12-1Secret Reprieve: 14-1Discorama: 18-1The Storyteller: 20-1Magic of Light: 25-1Potters Corner 25-1Bristol De Mai: 25-1 30-1 bar. Details correct as of 6 April 2021 He will be ridden by Tom Scudamore, who told Nick Luck’s Daily Podcast: “It looks like he’s the ideal horse and it’s the old cliche that I wouldn’t swap him for anything. If I was riding something else Cloth Cap would be the one I’d want to ride.“He stayed four miles plus in the Scottish National, he’s put up some great performances this year and he’s a stone well-in. That all points to him having a great chance, but he’s got to go and actually do it – we’ve seen it time and time again before, you can talk as much as you like, but you’ve got to go and do it.“It’s nice to talk about it, it’s a lovely position to be in, but we’ve got to go and do it.”There is a strong Irish contingent with the likes of Ted Walsh’s Any Second Now, Henry de Bromhead’s Minella Times, the expected mount of Rachael Blackmore, and Willie Mullins’ Burrows Saint.Bristol De Mai is set to carry top-weight for Nigel Twiston-Davies, who is chasing a third win in the race with Yala Enki set to be the ride of Bryony Frost.Can Blackmore continue fine form?Blackmore rode six winners at the Cheltenham Festival (Photo: PA)Blackmore is relishing the opportunity to become the first female jockey to win the Grand National, but is not getting carried away by the hype generated by her record-breaking effort at last month’s Cheltenham Festival.The Irish rider had six wins at Cheltenham and was the first female jockey to win the Champion Hurdle, with Honeysuckle, before finishing second at the Gold Cup behind Minella Indo, ridden by Jack Kennedy.Her dominant displays have caused bookmakers to slash the odds of her triumphing at Britain’s most iconic steeplechase this week, although the 31-year-old remains firmly grounded.“I just try not to get too wrapped up in it,” Blackmore told the Jockey Club. “It’s a great three days and I’m looking forward to going there. Read More Rachael Blackmore: How the Cheltenham Festival’s reluctant hero has changed the game for female jockeys “Things are different this year, but Cheltenham was a success for the Irish so hopefully we can do the same in Aintree.“When you’re riding in the National, I think you allow yourself to picture yourself winning. I feel like the feeling of it actually happening is completely different to what you can imagine, so I try not to think about it too much.”Blackmore has attributed her recent success to her partnership with Irish trainer Henry de Bromhead.“Getting into Henry’s yard brought me to a whole new level,” said Blackmore, who is set to ride De Bromhead’s Minella Times at the annual festival at Aintree.“He’s established a very strong team of horses and I’m a part of it, which is an unbelievable position to be in.”Blackmore has already rewritten the history books, but she still feels she has plenty to offer.“I think you’re always getting better,” she added. “I was a bit late to the party so I’ve got some more tuning to do yet.”Runners and ridersCorrect as of 6 April 2021, via Press Association1. BRISTOL DE MAI (Nigel Twiston-Davies) Rating (out of 10) 5Has held his own with the best chasers around in recent seasons, winning the Betfair Chase three times. Stamina concerns and a liking for very soft ground a worry, though.2. THE STORYTELLER (Denise Foster) 6A versatile horse who won the Down Royal Champion Chase this season and was second in the Irish Gold Cup. Not disgraced back over hurdles at Cheltenham, but his ability to stay an extra mile has to be taken on trust.3. CHRIS’S DREAM (Henry de Bromhead) 5Is capable of some very good performances, but also some shockers. Just a neck behind The Storyteller at Down Royal, but pulled up at Cheltenham. Possibly prefers cut in the ground.4. YALA ENKI (Paul Nicholls) 6Has been a real credit to connections down the years and stamina will certainly not be an issue given his exploits in recent Welsh Grand Nationals. The ground can never be too soft for him, though.5. BALLYOPTIC (Nigel Twiston-Davies) 4It appears his best days are behind him, but he has had some good ones. Was going well in this two years ago when falling four from home, but has looked a shadow of his former self lately.6. DEFINITLY RED (Brian Ellison) 6Has long been seen by his trainer as an ideal type for this race. Was among the favourites back in 2017 when badly hampered by a faller. Big ask for a 12-year-old and no match for Cloth Cap at Kelso.7. LAKE VIEW LAD (Nick Alexander) 6Began the season with a win over Santini on the Mildmay Course, but has been well beaten the last twice. Runs off same mark as when pulled up two years ago.8. BURROWS SAINT (Willie Mullins) 8Won the Irish National two years ago and has been trained for this since. Appeared to have no excuses behind a stablemate last time, but better ground expected to suit and is a likely type.9. MAGIC OF LIGHT (Jessica Harrington) 7Gave Tiger Roll plenty to think about two years ago when a fine second. Looks high enough in the weights, but plenty to be said for course form – especially here.10. ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS (Willie Mullins) 7Beat Burrows Saint giving him weight in the Bobbyjo and now enjoys a nice swing in the weights. Better ground could see him in a better light, so no back number.11. TALKISCHEAP (Alan King) 3Looked a promising staying chaser when winning the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown two years ago, but hampered by injury since and does not look in the same form.12. TOUT EST PERMIS (Noel Meade) 5Not disgraced in the highest grade earlier this season, but has not progressed as once looked likely and now looks badly handicapped.13. ANIBALE FLY (Tony Martin) 6Has been a great servant to connections finishing placed in two Gold Cups and fourth and fifth in this down the years. A while since he has shown that sort of form and no spring chicken, but dangerous to dismiss.14. MISTER MALARKY (Colin Tizzard) 7A smart novice a few years back who has become hard to predict, but at his best is capable of some very smart form. He could easily be the type to take to the fences and give his trainer a dream send-off with retirement beckoning.15. KIMBERLITE CANDY (Tom Lacey) 7Has been on many shortlists for this since finishing second over the fences in December 2019. Seems blessed with stamina, finished second again in the Becher this season and only concern is quick ground.16. ANY SECOND NOW (Ted Walsh) 9Hails from a shrewd stable who have won and gone close in this from just a handful of runners. Won a Grade Two over two miles last time, but has won a Kim Muir in the past. Obvious chance.17. BALKO DES FLOS (Henry de Bromhead) 3Won the Ryanair Chase in 2018, but has been a long way below that form this season. Recently sold and hard to fancy.18. ALPHA DES OBEAUX (Denise Foster) 4Had shown nothing all season before a fair fourth in the Cheltenham cross country to Tiger Roll. That still leaves him with plenty to find and looks badly handicapped.19.
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.20. TAKINGRISKS (Nicky Richards) 6A credit to connections having won three major staying handicap chases, including the Scottish National. The worry is he is on a career-high mark at the age of 12.21. SHATTERED LOVE (Denise Foster) 5Smart mare at her very best, and she was not far off that at Cheltenham when third to Colreevy and Elimay over two and a half miles. Wants further these days, but this might be too far.22. JETT (Jessica Harrington) 3Was quietly fancied for this last year, but has not been in the same sort of form this time around. Almost impossible to recommend.23. LORD DU MESNIL (Richard Hobson) 7Has made a real name for himself at Haydock in recent seasons, but far from a one-track wonder as his second at Cheltenham showed. He must have soft ground, though.24. POTTERS CORNER (Christian Williams) 5Welsh National winner who has limitless stamina. However, he needs it soft to slow the others down. Has had an interrupted season, too.25. CLASS CONTI (Willie Mullins) 6Has been running with credit in some of Ireland’s biggest handicaps, but this represents another test entirely. Winning form on good ground in France suggests he could find improvement.26. MILAN NATIVE (Denise Foster) 6A winner at Cheltenham last season, he was fancied to run well there again last month but never got competitive. Does not look in the sort of form required to go close in a race like this.27. DISCORAMA (Paul Nolan) 7Somehow has only managed to win twice in an 18-race career, but his ability is not in doubt. Has been placed at three Cheltenham Festivals and has proven stamina for four miles.28. VIEUX LION ROUGE (David Pipe) 6Has jumped as many of these fences as any horse, having run in this four times and the Becher five times, winning that twice. But has failed to get the distance each time in big one.29. CLOTH CAP (Jonjo O’Neill) 10Impressive winner of the Ladbrokes Trophy who has since bolted up at Kelso. His third in a Scottish National over four miles demonstrates his staying prowess and hard to find a negative. Jumps, stays and 14lb well in.30. CABARET QUEEN (Willie Mullins) 2Has won the Munster and Kerry Nationals, but they are a long way removed from the real thing. Recent form regressing.31. MINELLACELEBRATION (Katy Price) 2Won two nice prizes at Uttoxeter and Aintree either side of a summer break, but has struggled since handicapper had his say.32. CANELO (Alan King) 7Struck off a 12lb higher mark at Wetherby than his win over the Mildmay fences in October. Not disgraced twice since, but does not strike as an out-and-out stayer.33. THE LONG MILE (Philip Dempsey) 6One of the most unexposed runners in the field. Runs as if this trip may bring about even more improvement. Not without a squeak.34. GIVE ME A COPPER (Paul Nicholls) 4Owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, among others, and has given connections something to cheer in the past. However, is very fragile and not sure a test such as this is what he needs.35. FARCLAS (Denise Foster) 5Won the Triumph Hurdle in 2018 and on the very best of his form he is not badly handicapped. Lacks the experience over fences most of these have and Cheltenham, when second, looked his aim.36. MINELLA TIMES (Henry de Bromhead) 6Has been all the range for this in recent weeks, but that is more down to the Rachael Blackmore factor than anything he has done. Stamina to prove and not necessarily well handicapped.37. SUB LIEUTENANT (Georgie Howell) 4Once a classy operator for Henry de Bromhead, for whom he was second in a Topham over these fences. Has outrun huge odds twice for new connections, but never struck as one for this trip.38. HOGAN’S HEIGHT (Jamie Snowden) 4A winner over these fences in the Grand Sefton. Lightly raced since having shot up the weights and tailed off behind Tiger Roll at Cheltenham. Another with massive stamina doubts.39. DOUBLE SHUFFLE (Tom George) 5Talented horse who was second in the King George in 2017. Excels at Kempton over three miles, but has another 10 furlongs to tackle here.40. AMI DESBOIS (Graeme McPherson) 4Caught by Double Shuffle at Kempton in January and ran another solid race last time out. Has always shaped as a stayer, but needs to take form to a new level.41. BLAKLION (Dan Skelton) 3Fourth in the 2017 National and then won the Becher later that year. Favourite for the 2018 National, but brought down at the first and nothing has gone right since. Badly handicapped.42. SOME NECK (John McConnell) 4Won over the Cheltenham cross-country fences in December and a fair third to Tiger Roll in March. Plenty to find against some of these, but the National can spark some into life.43. SECRET REPRIEVE (Evan Williams) 8Lightly-raced seven-year-old who will surely never have a better chance. Won the Welsh National and has been kept fresh for this. Only negatives are lack of experience and quick ground.44. KAUTO RIKO (Tom Gretton) 6From the family of the legendary Kauto Star and has done his bit to uphold family honour. Not disgraced at all on only run this season, but stamina a huge doubt.45. FAGAN (Alex Hales) 3Albert Bartlett second in 2016, but has had three long absences since then. Won last time out, albeit at a much lower level.
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