As we gear up for the 173rd renewal of the great race, which will be held at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday, April 10th 2021, it all starts with the entries. For 2021 that number is 106 and unsurprisingly, Tiger Roll heads the list.
Having won the race in both 2018 and 2019, if he wins it in 2021, he would become only the second triple Grand National winner after the great Red Rum (successful in 1973, 1974 and 1977).
Trained by Gordon Elliott, Tiger Roll has been joined by 15 of his stablemates as Elliott enters 16 in total. That is the highest number by any trainer in 2021.
Of the 106 entries, 43 are trained in Ireland and two in France. Jessica Harrington has entered Magic Of Light, runner-up in 2019 and Anibale Fly from Tony Martin will also be back, after finishing fourth in 2018 and fifth in 2019
Any Second Now from Ted Walsh, Munster and Kerry National heroine Cabaret Queen from Willie Mullins and dual Cheltenham Festival winner Presenting Percy from Gordon Elliott are also included.
2020 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase winner Easysland from David Cottin is one of two entries from the French trainer.
Nicky Henderson Entries
Despite being Champion Trainer on multiple occasions, and one of the most successful trainers at Cheltenham, Nicky Henderson has never won the Grand National. The closest he has come is finishing second place twice with Zongalero (1979) and The Tsarevich (1987).
So how are his entries shaping up for the 2021 Grand National? He has six entries this year, the most of any UK trainer. Most prominent among them are Santini, second place in the 2020 Gold Cup and OK Corral, who won the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster just over a year ago.
Beware The Bear, Gold Present, Pym and Valtor round off his six entries.
Paul Nicholls 2021 Grand National Entries
The 11-times champion Jump trainer Paul Nicholls has only won this race once with Neptune Collonges in 2012. But with the battle for the Trainer’s Championship in full swing, every penny counts so undoubtedly Nicholls will be hoping to add the winner’s prize from the National to his tally on April 10th.
However, he has only entered two potential runners in Yala Enki and Give Me A Copper. Yala Enki was on good form last season and hopes were high that he could run a great race in 2020. But as we know that was not to be and so the focus has switched to the 2021 National.
It’s highly likely that he will be the mount of jockey Brony Frost. Despite an early fall in the Becher Chase in December, Yala Enki ran a solid race in the Welsh National to finish third before heading to Taunton for the Portman Cup Chase which he won in January.
Other Notable Entries
He may have won the Virtual Grand National but now Potters Corner connections will be hoping he can add the real thing to the trophy cabinet.
Part-owned by Welsh rugby union international Jonathan Davies, Potters Corner won the Welsh National in 2019. He was third in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase at Cheltenham in November, beating Easysland into fourth place.
Bristol De Mai is back again but whether or not he will actually run is another matter entirely. He was entered in 2018 and allocated 11-09 in weight but connections opted to run him in the Aintree Bowl instead.
The same story was repeated in 2019 when he was given top weight for the National but again, ran in the Bowl Chase instead. He was entered in 2020 but that race didn’t happen so here we are again in 2021. Will he finally run in the Grand National? We will just have to wait and see.
2020 Welsh Grand National winner Secret Reprieve has an entry with trained Evan Williams hoping he can add another huge victory to the collection.
Three of the biggest owners in National Hunt Racing, in terms of numbers are JP McManus, Gigginstown and Trevor Hemmings. This year McManus has 11 entries with 10 different trainers. They include Easysland with David Cottin, Aniblae Fly with Tony Martin, Any Second Now with Ted Walsh, Kimberlite candy with Tom Lacey and Minella Times with Henry De Bromhead.
Gigginstown House Stud, who has won the Grand National three times, have a whopping 16 entries in the 2021 Grand National. They include Tout Est Permis with Noel Meade, Balko Des Flos with Henry De Bromhead and Tiger Roll with Gordon Elliott who also trainers the remainder of the Gigginstown potential runners.
With three Grand National wins under his belt already, Trevor Hemmings is hoping to add a fourth in 2021. His runners include Cloth Cap from Jonjo O’Neill, Deise Aba with Philip Hobbs and Lake View Lad with Nick Alexander. Notably – Vintage Clouds has not received an entry.
All 2021 Grand National Entries
- A Toi Phil (FR) 11 Gary Moore
- Acapella Bourgeois (FR) 11 Willie Mullins IRE
- Achille (FR) 11 Venetia Williams
- Aforementioned (FR) 8 Gordon Elliott IRE
- Agusta Gold (IRE) 8 Margaret Mullins IRE
- Ajas (FR) 7 David Cottin FR
- Al Roc (FR) 10 Dr Richard Newland
- Alpha des Obeaux (FR) 11 Gordon Elliott IRE
- Ami Desbois (FR) 11 Graeme McPherson
- Anibale Fly (FR) 11 Tony Martin IRE
- Another Venture (IRE) 10 Kim Bailey
- Any Second Now (IRE) 9 Ted Walsh IRE
- Articulum (IRE) 11 Terence O’Brien IRE
- Aso (FR) 11 Venetia Williams
- Balko des Flos (FR) 10 Henry de Bromhead IRE
- Ballyoptic (IRE) 11 Nigel Twiston-Davies
- Battleoverdoyen (IRE) 8 Gordon Elliott IRE
- Beau Bay (FR) 10 Dr Richard Newland
- Bellow Mome (FR) 10 Willie Mullins IRE
- Bellshill (IRE) 11 Sandy Thomson
- Beware The Bear (IRE) 11 Nicky Henderson
- Blaklion (GB) 12 Dan Skelton
- Brahma Bull (IRE) 10 Willie Mullins IRE
- Bristol de Mai (FR) 10 Nigel Twiston-Davies
- Burrows Saint (FR) 8 Willie Mullins IRE
- Cabaret Queen (GB) 9 Willie Mullins IRE
- Canelo (IRE) 8 Alan King
- Cap du Nord (FR) 8 Christian Williams
- Captain Drake (IRE) 8 Harry Fry
- Champagne Classic (IRE) 10 Gordon Elliott IRE
- Chris’s Dream (IRE) 9 Henry de Bromhead IRE
- Class Conti (FR) 9 Willie Mullins IRE
- Cloth Cap (IRE) 9 Jonjo O’Neill
- Crievehill (IRE) 9 Nigel Twiston-Davies
- Death Duty (IRE) 10 Gordon Elliott IRE
- Definitly Red (IRE) 12 Brian Ellison
- Deise Aba (IRE) 8 Philip Hobbs
- Delta Work (FR) 8 Gordon Elliott IRE
- Discorama (FR) 8 Paul Nolan IRE
- Double Shuffle (IRE) 11 Tom George
- Dounikos (FR) 10 Gordon Elliott IRE
- Easysland (FR) 7 David Cottin FR
- Fagan (GB) 11 Alex Hales
- Farclas (FR) 7 Gordon Elliott IRE
- Fingerontheswitch (IRE) 11 Neil Mulholland
- Fitzhenry (IRE) 9 Paul Nolan IRE
- Flying Angel (IRE) 10 Nigel Twiston-Davies
- Give Me A Copper (IRE) 11 Paul Nicholls
- Glen Forsa (IRE) 9 Mick Channon
- Golan Fortune (IRE) 9 Phil Middleton
- Gold Present (IRE) 11 Nicky Henderson
- Hear No Evil (IRE) 9 Noel Kelly IRE
- Hogan’s Height (IRE) 10 Jamie Snowden
- Hold The Note (IRE) 7 Mick Channon
- Jerrysback (IRE) 9 Philip Hobbs
- Jett (IRE) 10 Jessica Harrington IRE
- Kauto Riko (FR) 10 Tom Gretton
- Keeper Hill (IRE) 10 Warren Greatrex
- Kimberlite Candy (IRE) 9 Tom Lacey
- Lake View Lad (IRE) 11 Nick Alexander
- Le Breuil (FR) 9 Ben Pauling
- Lord du Mesnil (FR) 8 Richard Hobson
- Magic of Light (IRE) 10 Jessica Harrington IRE
- Milan Native (IRE) 8 Gordon Elliott IRE
- Minella Times (IRE) 8 Henry de Bromhead IRE
- Minellacelebration (IRE) 11 Katy Price
- Mister Malarky (GB) 8 Colin Tizzard
- Monbeg Notorious (IRE) 10 Gordon Elliott IRE
- Moyhenna (IRE) 9 Denis Hogan IRE
- Musical Slave (IRE) 8 Philip Hobbs
- Ok Corral (IRE) 11 Nicky Henderson
- One Style (FR) 11 Venetia Williams
- Plan of Attack (IRE) 8 Henry de Bromhead IRE
- Potters Corner (IRE) 11 Christian Williams
- Presenting Percy (GB) 10 Gordon Elliott IRE
- Prime Venture (IRE) 10 Evan Williams
- Pym (IRE) 8 Nicky Henderson
- Roaring Bull (IRE) 8 Gordon Elliott IRE
- Robin des Foret (IRE) 11 Willie Mullins IRE
- Rocky’s Treasure (IRE) 10 Kim Bailey
- Run Wild Fred (IRE) 7 Gordon Elliott IRE
- Saint Xavier (FR) 9 Richard Hobson
- Santini (GB) 9 Nicky Henderson
- Saturnas (FR) 10 Willie Mullins IRE
- Secret Reprieve (IRE) 7 Evan Williams
- Shantou Flyer (IRE) 11 Paul Nicholls
- Shattered Love (IRE) 10 Gordon Elliott IRE
- Some Neck (FR) 10 John McConnell IRE
- Soupy Soups (IRE) 10 Neil Mulholland
- St Barts (IRE) 7 Philip Hobbs
- Storm Control (IRE) 8 Kerry Lee
- Sub Lieutenant (IRE) 12 Georgie Howell
- Takingrisks (IRE) 12 Nicky Richards
- Talkischeap (IRE) 9 Alan King
- The Conditional (IRE) 9 David Bridgwater
- The Hollow Ginge (IRE) 8 Nigel Twiston-Davies
- The Jam Man (IRE) 8 Ronan McNally IRE
- The Long Mile (GB) 7 Philip Dempsey IRE
- The Storyteller (IRE) 10 Gordon Elliott IRE
- Tiger Roll (IRE) 11 Gordon Elliott IRE
- Tout Est Permis (FR) 8 Noel Meade IRE
- Treacysenniscorthy (IRE) 9 Robert Widger IRE
- Valtor (FR) 12 Nicky Henderson
- Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) 12 David Pipe
- Yala Enki (FR) 11 Paul Nicholls
- Yorkhill (IRE) 11 Sandy Thomson
How The Entries Get Whittled Down
As we move through the next few weeks and months, those 106 entries will eventually get reduced down to the 40 that will start the race on Saturday April 10th 2021.
In order to qualify for the race, prior to March 23rd a horse must have started in a steeple chase during the current season, and have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a steeple chase with an official distance description of ‘two miles seven and a half furlongs’ or more, at any time during the horse’s career.
Horses must be also allotted a rating of 125 or more by the BHA Handicapper following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 14th.
To qualify, horses must have run at least three times in Steeple Chases run under the Rules of Racing of the same Recognised Racing Authority up to and including February 14th.
At the Handicapper’s discretion, such horses may be allotted a rating.
Entries closed on the 2nd February (106 entries) and the weights will be revealed on 16th February 2021.
The first scratchings deadline is the 2nd of March. The second scratchings deadline is the 23rd of March. Five-day confirmation stage is the 5th of April with the final declaration stage on the 8th of April.
2021 Grand National runners can only be ridden by Jockeys or Amateur Riders who, before 8th April, 2021, have ridden not less than 15 winners in steeple chases or hurdle races under the Rules of Racing and/or the Rules of the Irish National Hunt Steeple Chase Committee and ridden not less than 10 of these winners in steeplechases.
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