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Grand National 2021 tips: best bets, predictions and five horses to watch for the Aintree race

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Cruise home in the Welsh National this season. Gets a light weight, but his regular jockey Adam Wedge faces a race against the clock to get fit after breaking a vertebra in his back. Currently only the second reserve, so two horses need to drop out before Friday’s 1pm deadline.


Bid to become the first mare to win since Nickel Coin in 1951, 70 years ago. A Tiger Roll finalist two years ago, she could have scared him more if she hadn’t made a mistake in the end.

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Last season’s Welsh National winner and last year’s Virtual Grand National ‘winner’, but the Welsh-trained gelding is not in such good shape this season after making its last start.

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Other tips and forecasts

Charlie Brooks, Telegraph Racing columnist: Kimberlite Candy – was trained for this race over the past two seasons after showing great aptitude for Aintree fencing and the need for an endurance test.

Alice Plunkett, ITV presenter: Cloth cap – very impressive to win the Ladbrokes Trophy in Newbury, he weighs 14 pounds, they covered him well over the winter for that.

Bob Champion, 1981 winner: Cloth cap – he’s quite handicapped, he jumps for fun and Tom Scudamore is coming out of his skin right now.

Jamie Carragher, Telegraph Sport columnist: Definitely red – can’t say I’m a particularly good tipster. My former teammates Michael Owen and Didi Hamann have always had more expertise than me on Grand National weekend. But looking through the runners, I can’t ignore Definitly Red for obvious reasons. “

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John Higgins, quadruple world snooker champion: Lake View Lad – I still remember my mom and dad going to the Grand National years ago and supporting a horse with a Scottish theme and he won. If there is a horse with a Highland or Scottish theme, I choose it.

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Charlie Austin, QPR footballer: Magic Of Light – the horse came second behind Tiger Roll in 2019 and I think he will be doing better this year.

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Barry Geraghty, 2003 winner: The one I would like to be on is Any Second Now. Ted Walsh trained Papillon to win it in 2000 and I love that this horse won a two mile pursuit at Navan on his last start. The horse he beat by 10 lengths that day, Castlegrace Paddy, would have won last week’s Grade 2 Devenish Chase if he had jumped better last. I think he has the right profile for racing at the age of nine.

Eight-time Jockey Champion Peter Scudamore: Fabric cap. I’m hopeful he’s 14 pounds and it’s time for another Scudamore to be the winner – it’s been 62 years!


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