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

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SECRET REPEAT – 1/16

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.

MAGIC OF LIGHT – 1/22

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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CORNER POTTERS – 25/1

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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