Grand National Odds 2021

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All eyes are on the horses set to participate in April 2021, and on the bookmakers and their Grand National betting odds. The average odds of a winning Grand National horse are around 20/1 – while 23 of the last 29 Grand National winners returned a double-figure price. Finding the best horse racing odds is not an easy task. This is why we believe our Grand National betting guide 2021 featuring all the info you need on horse racing odds can help you out.

Grand National Betting Odds

The pinnacle of horse racing events in the UK needs no special introduction. Grand National 2021 is set to take place at Aintree Racecourse, on April 10th, 2021. The prize amounts to £1 million, so no wonder all bookmakers on the market are trying to attract customers to bet with them.

This is why you can see special, custom-made Grand National offers left and right as the race gets closer. Everyone is trying to come up with the best deals featuring the most competitive Grand National Betting Odds 2021.

The question is how to choose between different bookmakers’ offers that look all the same at first glance. And the answer is pretty simple — by finding the one that offers the best horse racing odds.

HorseTrainerBest Odds*Grand National Bookmakers
Cloth CapJ. O’Neill14/1Bet with
Unibet Logo
Kimberlite CandyT. Lacey16/1Bet with
Burrows SaintW. P Mullins16/1Bet with
Secret ReprieveEvan Williams20/1Bet with
William Hill
Any Second NowT. Walsh20/1Bet with
William Hill
Presenting PercyG. Elliott25/1Bet with
William Hill
Magic Of LightJ. Harrington25/1Bet with
Unibet Logo

* All odds subject to change. Odds last updated 3/3/2021.

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What are Grand National Odds and who decides them?

Grand National betting odds are, plainly speaking, operator’s fractional representations of how likely a horse is to win the race. You can also use them to calculate how much you can potentially win if you decide to place your bet. Odds are prone to changes and they can differ from one horse to the next to reflect what an operator believes is going to happen in the race.

For example, if a Grand National horse is offered at Grand National odds of 10/1 and it wins, you will win 10 times your stake (plus your stake back).

How are the Grand National betting odds for each horse decided?

Which horse is going to take part in the race is anyone’s guess months in advance. The final line up is announced two days before the race is set to take place.

Injuries and not getting into the race due to the weight carried are the two biggest factors of horses missing the Grand National. Therefore, some people prefer to wait until the final 40 runners are announced (2 days before the race) before placing a bet on the Grand National.

Before that, all operators have the ante-post market, which consists of the horses they believe are going to enter the Grand National.

Before that, all operators have the ante-post market, which consists of the horses they believe are going to enter the Grand National. There are pluses and negatives with betting ante post. The positive is that you are likely to get better odds as there are so may horses in the market at the that stage and they can’t all run. However, if you ante post Grand National selection doesn’t make the final 40 Grand National runners, you will lose that bet – stakes on ante-post bets are not refunded as a general rule.

However, around a month before the Grand National you will find a lot of bookmakers vying for custom by offer what’s called ‘Non Runner, No Bet’ offers in their Grand National ante- post markets – shop around and wait for the leading bookmakers to do this as once they do
this will give you a safety net (refund) should your horse not make the final 40 Grand National runners.

The Grand National ante post odds for 2021 became available as soon as the 2020 race was cancelled. It goes without saying that not all horses on the market are going to appear in the race. When a lot of money is placed on one horse who is considered to be a favourite, then the operators need to make his Grand National betting odds 2021 shorter. The opposite applies, as well. When there are not a lot of bets placed on a certain horse, then his odds increase as a consequence. This is how bookmakers try to attract potential bettors to wager with them.

Why do Grand National odds change?

If you have ever placed your bets on horse racing events, you have probably noticed that the odds tend to change rapidly as the race gets closer. The same goes for Grand National betting odds. The more bets are placed on one horse in anticipation of the race, the shorter his odds become. And vice versa. The fewer wagers are placed on a horse, the higher his odds.

Plus, horses are pulled out in the build-up to the race for various reasons like other targets, ground or injury – so if for example the hot Grand National favourite is declared a non-runner, this will, of course, impact the betting on the other horses in the race – they’ve no longer got to beat the hot favourite so in theory their Grand National task has been made a little bit easier – hence lowering their betting odds.

Another thing that we would like to highlight in our Grand National betting guide 2021, is the “over-round” percentage in each betting market. To put it simply, this is how operators earn their winnings and this is also reflected in the odds. As far as the Grand National is concerned, this percentage tends to go between 120 and 150%. This means that if the over-round is 130%, the operators would give £100 for every £130 that they receive as bets.

You should also bear in mind that fifteen minutes before the race begins you’ll be able to find the same Grand National betting odds with all the operators. This is known as the “live show” and the odds that you see attached to a horse then will be the same with all brands in the country.

This is why it’s a good idea to look around for best odds you can find in advance, as the operator needs to honour the price you were given at the time you were placing your bet.

The change in odds is particularly interesting to see when the race finally begins. This is when the Grand National live horse racing odds change by the second as the race progresses. This means that if you want to place your bet you need to have perfect timing, given that the race typically lasts a little over 9 minutes.

Some bookmakers will also offer ‘in-play’ Grand National betting opportunities. It’s mainly the betting exchanges. The odds here will change rapidly based on what’s happening in the race – fallers, horses running well or badly – all these things will impact that horses odds in-running. This way of betting does have a lot more risks, but can also reap bigger returns. Horses that are help up off the pace but are well known for finishing well can often have bigger in-running odds. While if a horse you fancy has a habit of not starting the race well, then it could pay to wait to see how it begins the Grand National – if it starts badly then you’ve saved your money, but it starts well, then you could place your bet in-running.

What Grand National odds to look for – tips and hints

Anything can happen before the Grand National race finally begins on April 10th, 2021, at 5:15 PM. The betting markets will be bustling come the morning of the race, which will especially be evident in Grand National betting odds, and once it begins in Grand National live horse racing odds.

Weather is surely a major factor that you need to take into account. The Aintree Racecourse is no stranger to rain which can make the track extremely soft and unpredictable. Some horses generally do not have significant issues with softer ground, but there are those for whom this can make all the difference. Horses known for their preference of soft track can have their odds shortened while those that do not fancy it can get higher odds instead.

Another important point is which trainers and which jockeys are set to enter the race. When it comes to jockeys, Davy Russell and David Mullins are a few names to jot down – they’ve won the Grand National three times between them in the last four runnings. As far as
trainers are concerned, Gordon Elliott, Willie Mullins, and Mouse Morris have stellar records when it comes to training winning horse – Gordon Elliott has won the Grand National three times and twice in the last two runnings.

Grand National ante post betting 2021

Even though the race is months ahead, you can find the Grand National ante post odds offered by all the operators on the market. By looking at Grand National betting odds, you can see how certain horses fare at different operators’ websites on the ante post market and which ones are considered to be favourites.

If you are considering betting on Grand National 2021, take a look at Cloth Cap odds on a few of the bookmakers’ websites. Tiger Roll, the winner of two consecutive Grand Nationals in 2018 and 2019 has been withdrawn for 202. This is why he has received the shortest odds from all the bookmakers.

The highest odds that are currently given on the ante post market are 100/1 to horses at the bottom of the list.

However, as the race day approaches there’ll be plenty more changes. Many horses will have their odds shortened to reflect their current form and standings.

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