The Grand National 2021 will be a huge event, especially as last year’s renewal was canceled. But how do you choose your favourite to cheer on? Some study form, others opt to follow the grey runners, others pick by their favourite jockey.
And then there’s the horse’s name. How many of you backed Rule The World because it was a Take That song? Or maybe Pineau de Re because you love a tipple of vino? One lady claimed to have backed Tiger Roll because it was her mother’s favourite bread!
Grand National runners with names such as One For Arthur and Oscar Time have always enjoyed a huge following simply because it reminded people of family members.
So what will this year’s starting 40 inspire in you? Here’s a quick guide to the runners based just on their names…
Named after owner Trevor Hemmings’s famous cap, he’s the pre-race favourite and an excellent choice for those who love that ‘Peaky Blinder’ look.
For all the milliners out there, is Cloth Cap this year’s must-have fashion accessory!
Any Second Now
A good bet for Depeche Mode fans; the B-side of ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ was titled ‘Any Second Now’, and given this horse’s chances, I’ll be counting down the seconds until the big race.
Kimberlite is a type of rock that contains diamonds, and this runner could be a diamond in the rough for those who like the name. A sweet choice for all the Kimberly’s out there.
Minella Indo took the big prize at Cheltenham, but will Minella Times write the headlines at Aintree? The horse is likely to be ridden by the red hot jockey Rachael Blackmore, ensuring plenty of fans will be cheering them around Aintree.
Could be one for Vicars or pious punters. Burrows Saint is not without a chance, especially if he gets a helping hand from the big man above.
I’ll let you into a little secret, seven-year-olds have a terrible record in this race! However, trainer Evan Williams is serious about his horses’ chances.
Bristol De Mai
Can you think of a better-named horse for the people of Bristol to support?
Magic Of Light
Magicians will be waving their wands in delight with the name ‘Magic Of Light’. Jessica Harrington’s horse pulled a rabbit from the hat in 2019 when it finished second in the Grand National at 125/1.
“Alexa play Gloria Gaynor and Donna Summer” – it’s time to hit that dance floor. Dancing Queens could do worse than taking a spin with Discorama.
Lord Du Mesnil
The landed gentry will fancy their chances with Lord Du Mesnil; maybe not enough to buy a country estate, but it might stretch to a National Trust membership.
If this Willie Mullins horse can strike the right notes over the big fences, those Singers and Musicians will be clapping him home. Boom tish!
Ceramic artists will be throwing a few quid at this runner. Or maybe for fans of the movie ‘Ghost‘ – ahhh Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze rocking that pottery wheel. Brings back memories…
Obvious appeal to those named Chris or Christine, and considering St. Christopher is the patron saint of travellers; you’d expect this horse to have a good trip around Aintree.
Aside from the obvious references to heartbreak, Shattered Love could shatter the history books and become the first mare to win the Grand National since Nickel Coin in 1951!
In the past, you’ll have seen ‘Anibale’ flying over the fences at Cheltenham. Finished fourth in the 2018 Grand National. Maybe a good fit for all the Annabelle’s and Pilots looking to land an each-way bet.
Balko De Flos
Another runner for cabin crew or pilots is the Michael O’Leary (Ryanair) owned Balko Des Flos; the ten-year-old will be looking to take flight over the National fences. Although, recent results suggest his wings have been clipped.
Like the fellas in Milan, this Italian stallion can turn heads. He’s the right age, a good weight and goes like a Ferrari! vroom vroom
Farclas translates as ‘Green Grass’ so for all you budding gardeners out there, this could be the one for you.
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was a classic film starring Kirk Douglas. But will he be riding off into the sunset with the winners’ trophy on Saturday?
Love a good game of cards? Always give the deck that extra shuffle?? Double Shuffle may not have been dealt a winning hand recently but could that change on Saturday?
I’ve heard of Tom Conti and Bruno Conti, and now Class Conti – half-brother to other racing superstars Silviniaco Conti and Ucello Conti.
Boxing fans will know the name Canelo Álvarez. He is currently a unified super middleweight world champion, and his nickname ‘Canelo’ comes from the Spanish word for cinnamon, which is a common nickname for people with red hair. Who knew!
Lake View Lad
Grey horses always attract more bets than the other runners in the National, but this lad will have plenty of support from the Lake District too.
Enki is the Mesopotamian god of water, and a bit of rain is exactly what this horse needs to excel on Saturday!
Joe Biden toured the U.S. in a bus emblazoned with the phrase ‘Joe – No Malarkey’ and was roundly mocked for using the outdated term, but he still won the Presidential race!
You don’t often see Man United and Liverpool fans cheering together. However, ‘Definity Red’ could unite football fans on Saturday afternoon – come on you reds!
If you’re from the Emerald Isle, you might have passed through the small town of Blacklion; it’s between Sligo and Enniskillen. He’ll need the luck o’ the Irish to beat this field.
Joan Jett famously sang ‘I love rock ‘n roll’, and while you might love this name, be warned, this horse has been hitting bum notes recently.
The Long Mile
Perfect for those of you who have been out walking every day for some daily exercise. Hopefully, you’ve notched up plenty of miles in the fresh air.
Vieux Lion Rouge
Vieux Lion Rouge translates as ‘Old Red Lion’; if you like a pint down the ‘Red Lion’ pub, you’ll probably fancy this Aintree veteran.
Give Me A Copper
Ello, Ello, Ello, here’s a horse who will lead you on a chase. Can ‘give me a copper’ steal some silverware? No comment!
Opticians will take a close look at Ballyoptic; the rest of us can’t see past the poor optics of his recent form.
The owners of this horse will be singing if they can land the National. The horse’s syndicate has 60+ plus members; expect a big song and dance if he wins.
Alpha Des Obeaux
There’s no real translation for this name but could attract fans of the Greek language or the Nato Phonetic Alphabet – Alpha Beta Charlie anyone?
Obvious connection if your surname is Hogan or your job involves dizzying heights. Let’s hope this Hogan’s Hero romps home.
Tout Est Permis
Roughly translated as ‘Everything is Allowed’, if you’re an ‘anything goes’ type of person – Tout Est Permis is the one for you.
Call centre workers might identify with ‘Talkischeap.’ But did you know that Talk Is Cheap was the debut solo album by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones?
Will appeal to bungee jumpers, skydivers, and people who cough in public. Despite his name, the form book suggests he’s not a risky bet.
This name sounds like a Cruise Ship or a box of small chocolates! I love both, but will fans be celebrating on Saturday?
Here’s something very interesting. Ami Debois translates as ‘Friends of the Woods’ – from the French word for forest or wood. And the jockey on board is Kielan Woods – now there’s a coincidence.
A Sub Lieutenant is a rank of officer in the Royal Navy so perfect for all the mariners out there.
‘Boldness, brazenness, or impudence. Primarily heard in Ireland.’ That’s the entry for ‘Some Neck’ in the internet dictionary. I’ll stick my neck out and say he might go close on Saturday.