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Grand National 2021: When does the Aintree race start, what TV channel is it showing on and how will it work during Covid-19?

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What horses are running?

The final peloton of 40 riders has not yet been selected and will only be confirmed during race week.

For now, click on the underlined words that follow to read the list of Grand National runners as it is. All horses will be assigned a weight by the British Horse Racing Authority Handicap Officer in February.

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The handicap system is simpler than it looks and is designed to create a race as close as possible. The best horses carry the most weight while foreigners carry the least. Each horse has an OR (official rating) and this will largely determine the weight it carries.

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Tiger Roll won’t return for a crack at a third Grand National, having been rated at just one pound of the top weight held by Bristol de Mai, Santini and Easyland. Its Gigginstown owners described the eight as “unfair.”

You can read the full list of weights here.

What are the latest odds for Grand National winners?

Get the latest betting offers and free bets from the Grand National

  • 12/1 fabric cap
  • Saint of the terriers 14/1
  • Secret stay 14/1
  • Kimberlite candies 16/1
  • Any second now 16/1
  • Introducing Percy 16/1
  • 20/1 BAR
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What are some of the famous fences?

Aintree fences are not as perilous as they once were after a series of modifications. However, they remain the most notorious obstacles in the business and are enough to make any jockey’s palms sweat.

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Becher’s Brook: The sixth and 22nd fence in the race might not be the tallest, but the difficulty is that the landing side is 10 inches lower than the takeoff side. Named after Captain Martin Becher, a jockey who fell at this point and hid in the creek to avoid injury.

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