With the 2020 event canceled, Tiger Roll’s quest to become one of the three-time Grand National champions will need to wait for another year. However, Tiger can still come off as a hat-trick hero if he manages to retain his crown next year. As expected, Tiger Roll is the overall favorite to win the 2021 Grand National, though there are plenty of rivals that rank closely behind him.
Considering the 2021 Grand National trends, here’s a look at the top horses that could finish among the top in this event.
As the first horse to win the Grand Nationals back-to-back since Red Rum, Tiger has inked his name in the books of history. He also had another fantastic run on Cheltenham and will be back ready to defend his crown.
Owned by the Ricci’s, Burrows was the horse that gave trainer Willie Mullins his first Irish win in the Grand National in 2019. The horse will be eight years in 2021, making him a good age to keep up with the challenge.
Any Second Now
This 8-year-old Cheltenham champion took his chances last season at the Irish Grand National, but he, unfortunately, fell short. However, with things turning to be a mixed bag this year, there might be a good chance of him finishing among the top if he stays the course.
During the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, Easy’s Land disappointed Tiger Roll when he took the victory at the Glenfarclas Chase in an elegant style. Eastland is an excellent long-distance chaser, and he could seriously challenge other top racers in the 2021 Grand National. The horse trains under the management of Coach D. Cottin, and he is only six years old.
While Santini lost the Cheltenham Gold Cup to Al Boum Photo by the neck, he proved to be an excellent chaser. However, it’s doubtful whether he’ll make it for the 2021 Grand National in Aintree. Nonetheless, things end up like the Gold Cup again.
When Definitely Red first gave a trial on the Grand National, he was only eight years. However, the Brian Ellison charge found an early rhythm, though he was negatively affected by a faller in the Bechers. Nonetheless, Ellison has trained his chaser to the highest level since that day. As a result, his horse collected four Grade-2 prizes and finished sixth behind Native River during the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2018.