Grand National Runners

Last Updated 6 Apr 2020 | Commercial content | 18+

With the most popular steeplechase in the world cancelled in 2020, many are wondering who will be among the Grand National runners in 2021. This also begs the question of who is the best horse to bet on Grand National, who Grand National runners and riders are, who Grand National favourites are, what the Grand National line up looks like, etc.

Read up if you want to find the answers to these questions, as well as more about past Grand National winners and Grand National horses in general.

Grand National 2019 Winners

Before we go into more details related to Grand National runners and Grand National favourites, let’s take a look at Grand National winners from last year. The Grand National line up ahead of the race held on April 6th, 2019, was more than impressive. All eyes were on the following Grand National favourites: Tiger Roll, Rathvinden, Anibale Fly, Vintage Clouds, Lake View Lad, Pleasant Company, and Rock the Casbah.

Even though there were a few upsets, the top five placed horses included three Grand National favourites. Anyone who had thought that Tiger Roll was the best horse to bet on Grand National was right, as he managed to claim the title back-to-back. Here’s the finishing order of Grand National horses, as well as their handicap in brackets:

  1. Tiger Roll (11-05)
  2. Magic of Light (10-11)
  3. Rathvinden (11-00)
  4. Walk in the Mill (10-04)
  5. Anibale Fly (11-10)

Grand National 2021 Runners

Wondering who to bet on Grand National? The list of Grand National runners is surely going to change as the race day approaches. Everyone who wants to bet on a horse needs to be familiar with Grand National runners and typical Grand National horses in general, as well as which ones are considered to be Grand National favourites. Take a look at our table below to learn more about the Grand National horses to keep an eye on.

Grand National Runners

Grand National Festival – Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, Britain – April 13, 2018 Terrefort ridden by Daryl Jacob in action before winning the 14:50 Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs @SCANPIX

Grand National Favourite #1

Tiger Roll

Weight:? / Age: 10 / Jockey? / Trainer: Gordon Elliot

The first back-to-back winner since the 1970s, Tiger Roll managed to finish first both in 2018 and 2019. He is surely at the top of the Grand National favourites list, being one of Grand National winners not once, but twice in a row. The odds are definitely in his favour when it comes to who the best horse to bet on Grand National is.

Grand National Favourite #2

Burrows Saint

Weight:? / Age: 6 / Jockey? / Trainer: Willie Mullins

This bay gelding is trained by legendary Willie Mullins, who’s been looking for another Grand National win since 2005. Even though a horse his age hasn’t won since 1940 (Bogskar), his recent performances show that he is rightfully considered to be one of the top Grand National runners in 2021.

Grand National Favourite #3


Weight:? / Age: 7 / Jockey? / Trainer: Willie Mullins

Another one of Grand National horses that is considered to be at the top when it comes to the best horse to bet on Grand National is this 7-year old gelding, and rightfully so. He won the 2019 Topham Chase so even though he may be young, he’s already won a Grade 3 steeplechase.

Grand National Favourite #4

Magic of Light

Weight:? / Age: 8 / Jockey? / Trainer: Mrs John Harrington

The only mare among our Grand National runners, Magic of Light has quite a resume. She finished second last year, and her trainer Mrs John Harringhton is eager to see her come at the top in 2021 and win her next big hurdle race.

Our table below will be regularly updates as the runners are announced. Stay tuned and check our website for any updates the Grand National horses.

How to Choose a Grand National Winner

Making a decision when it comes to who to bet on Grand National is nothing short of difficult. There are lots of different factors that need to be taken into consideration as far as the Grand National runners are concerned. When you are looking at the Grand National line up and making a choice, we believe you should take the following into account..


One of the most important things when it comes to selecting Grand National winners is their age. By looking at the past Grand National runners who have managed to win this race, you can see that the majority of them is between 8 and 11 years old.

In the last 15 years, eight-year-olds have won three times, nine-year-olds five times, ten-year-olds four times, and eleven-year-olds three times. This means that Grand National runners aged 9 performed the best.

The oldest horse to win the race was Peter Simple, aged 15, back in 1853. In recent history, it was the twelve-year-old bay gelding, Amberleigh House, in 2004. The last time a horse aged seven won the race was in 1940, so you should take this into consideration as well when you are making your decision and want to bet on a horse.


Knowing who the jockey is going to be also plays a crucial part in selecting the best horse to bet on Grand National. It’s a known fact that some jockeys are better than others, but even those well-renowned ones can have a bad day and give a bad ride.

Davy Russell was Tiger Roll’s jockey when he won both in 2018 and 2019. This means that we can expect him to join Tiger Roll in attempting to take one more title in 2021. On the other hand, we saw Leighton Aspell retire in 2020. He managed to win in 2014 and 2015 riding two different horses, Pineau De Re and Many Clouds. It’s clear that when you want to bet on a horse, you need to take the jockey into consideration, as well.


Another important factor is the handicap, of course. Over the last fifteen years, the Grand National winners carried between 10 stones 3 pounds and 11 stones 6 pounds. Tiger Roll’s handicap was 10-13 in 2018, and 11-05 in 2019, with the same jockey.


Just like there are certain jockeys that perform better, there are also certain trainers that make all the difference when you are choosing your Grand National favourites. The most successful trainers in recent years are Gordon Elliot, Willie Mullins, Sue Smith, and Nigel Twiston-Davies. This is why we advise you to be on the lookout for which Grand National horses they enter the race with.


The majority of the Grand National runners who have managed to win has been in quite a few steeplechases before claiming the Grand National throne. Even though surprises can and do happen, those that have already participated in similar races tend to perform better.

Grand National Bet Types

Take a look below for the most popular questions people have regarding the horse racing betting types for Grand National, as well as how to bet on horses in general.

How to place a bet on a race?

After you have made your choice among Grand National favourites and selected who the best horse to bet on Grand National is, it’s time to place your bet. We believe that choosing among top-rated Grand National runners is far more difficult than placing your bet.

All you need to do is go to your bookmaker of choice, find the Grand National betting market, select the horse you want to bet on outright, enter your desired stake and confirm your bet.

How to bet on horse racing live?

Deciding who to bet on Grand National was not an easy task. But once you’ve done it, it’s time to place your bet. You can do it either before the race or once it’s begun. If you want to bet on horse racing live, you need to look for the live betting market you are interested in.

The odds are constantly changing to reflect the current standings so you need to choose your moment wisely.

What is tote betting?

When you have decided who the best horse to bet Grand National is and who you think the Grand National winners are, you can consider totepool betting. When you place a tote, your bet enters the pool with all the other bettors’ stakes who are wagering on the same market.

This means that the winnings are divided between the operator on one side and all the bettors equally on the other.

What is a trifecta?

When it comes to betting on Grand National runners, one of the most popular bets you can place is a trifecta. If you can’t make a decision and choose only one among Grand National horses, you can select three horses that you believe are going to finish in the specified order.

What does first fence refer to?

In addition to betting on Grand National winners, you can also bet on all Grand National runners jumping over the first fence. Even though it may seem that this bet is an easy one, due to the fast pace of the race, it can happen that not all Grand National horses make it over the first obstacle. This is why it’s maybe safer considering who the best horse to bet on Grand National is and backing him instead.