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Grand Nationwide Day 2021 Schedule

The most important steeplechase of the yr is again, for actual this time, and Mark Jarvis has obtained you coated with a preview of the massive race. We’ve seemed on the historical past of the Grand Nationwide, the course, the fences, the shortlisted runners, the favourites and former winner’s developments to get you coated for the massive day from Merseyside.

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1.45 // The Bridle Street Handicap Hurdle (3m ½f Hurdle)

1.25 // The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2m 4f Hurdle)

3.00 // The Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase (2m Chase)

3.40 // The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle (3m ½f Hurdle)

4.20 // The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase (3m 1f Chase)

5.15 // The Randox Heath Grand Nationwide Steeple Chase (4m 2½f Chase)

6.20 // The Weatherbys Racing Financial institution Normal Open Flat Race (2m 1f Flat)

What’s the Grand Nationwide race?

The Grand Nationwide steeplechase is the function race ran on the three-day Grand Nationwide Competition occasion.

When is the 2021 Grand Nationwide race?

The 2021 Grand Nationwide steeplechase will get underway on Saturday, April tenth 2021.

It will likely be the 173rd operating of the well-known race, having official first ran in 1839 beneath the title ‘Grand Liverpool Steeplechase’.

The place is the Grand Nationwide race held?

The Grand Nationwide steeplechase, a part of the Grand Nationwide Competition, is held on the well-known Aintree Racecourse within the village of Aintree close to Liverpool in Merseyside, England.

What time does the 2021 Grand Nationwide race begin?

The 2021 Grand Nationwide steeplechase will get underway on the scheduled time of 5.15pm GMT. Nonetheless, the race occasions for all of the races throughout the three days, together with the Grand Nationwide steeplechase, are topic to a possible change as we get nearer to the Grand Nationwide Competition.

What channel is the 2021 Grand Nationwide race on?

ITV and Racing TV are the 2 primary UK broadcasters of the Grand Nationwide steeplechase.

What number of 2021 Grand Nationwide Competition races are being broadcasted?

ITV have secured protection of 5 of the seven races on Day Three of the Grand Nationwide Competition, with the ultimate race broadcasted being the Grand Nationwide steeplechase itself.

The 2 races which aren’t being broadcasted by ITV on Grand Nationwide Day (Day Three) are 1.20 Bridle Street Handicap Hurdle race and the 6.20 Weatherbys Racing Financial institution Normal Open Nationwide Hunt Flat race.

The primary and final races of Day One and Day Two of the competition are additionally not going to be broadcasted by ITV.

What number of horses are operating within the 2021 Grand Nationwide race?

The 2021 Grand Nationwide race is competed by 40 runners and riders over the enduring enormous fences at Aintree.

An inventory of over 100 horses will likely be whittled down over the subsequent few weeks within the lead as much as the massive race in order that there are 40 runners after which 4 runners in reverse for the massive race.

We already know that 2018 and 2019 winner Tiger Roll will sadly not be competing on this yr’s race attributable to weight. That signifies that the Gigginstown 11-year-old will miss out on the prospect to safe three consecutive Grand Nationwide wins in a row because the 2020 race was not run.

What’s the Prize Cash for the 2021 Grand Nationwide race?

The prize cash for the Grand Nationwide steeplechase totals to £1m, an immense sum for such a prestigious race. The winner will obtain round half of the prize pot, round £500k. The runners-up prize pot sits at round £200k, while securing third on this race baggage you £100k.

Will followers be in attendance on the 2021 Grand Nationwide?

With the UK Authorities setting out its roadmap for transitioning out of lockdown introduced not too long ago, the earliest wherein we’d see a small variety of spectators in attendance at UK sports activities occasions is Might seventeenth, which is step three of 4 of the roadmap plan.

Subsequently, the Grand Nationwide Competition will be a part of the Cheltenham Competition in going forward behind closed doorways and with no spectators in attendance, a lot to the frustration of avid racegoers.

What occurred to the Grand Nationwide in 2020?

Sadly, the 2020 Grand Nationwide didn’t run, and it was cancelled due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

In actual fact, the Cheltenham Competition 2020 was the final sporting occasion within the UK to have full capability spectators, with a nationwide lockdown in place by the point the Grand Nationwide got here round.

It was simply the eighth time in all the historical past of the race that the race didn’t go forward. The earlier occasions have been through the two World Wars, because the 1916-1918 and 1941-1945 races didn’t go forward.

The final time the race was not full was in 1993, when the race was declared void after many of the runners carried on racing regardless of a false begin. The Jockey Membership deciding to not re-run the race.

An unofficial digital Grand Nationwide race ran in 2020 with the facility of CGI expertise. Utilizing sure formulation to calculate who could be the winner of the race, Potters Nook got here out on prime within the animated race, a winner of the 2019 Welsh Grand Nationwide.

In addition they held a digital race between all winners of the historic race in a ‘champion of champions’ style-race. The race purchased again plenty of reminiscences of some winners from the earlier century, and to little shock, it was Pink Rum who got here out on prime. So far as an alternate occasion to the precise race, it was actually an pleasant spectacle which captured the nation and raised £2.6m for the NHS.

Can I stream the Grand Nationwide with Mark Jarvis?

Sure you possibly can. With our Watch and Guess service, you possibly can merely log in to your Mark Jarvis account on the Mark Jarvis sportsbook, choose the race assembly (Aintree) and the race time (5.15) after which you possibly can choose the TV icon to begin streaming the race with no need to position a guess on the race or deposit cash into your account.

Course and Fences


The Grand Nationwide Steeplechase is a 4m 2½f race.


The Grand Nationwide Steeplechase consists of two full circuits of the 2¼m course at Aintree.

Variety of Fences

The Grand Nationwide Steeplechase function 16 fences, wherein 14 of the 16 are jumped twice through the circuit. The one two fences which might be jumped as soon as through the race are Fence 15, often known as The Chair and Fence 16, often known as The Water Bounce.

Runners leap these two fences on the finish of the primary circuit earlier than they begin the second circuit across the course.

Well-known Fences

Under is a listing of a few of the most well-known, well-known and iconic fences within the Grand Nationwide Steeplechase race.

  • Becher’s Brook (Fence 6 & 22)
  • Foinavon (Fence 7 & 23)
  • The Canal Flip (Fence 8 & 24)
  • Valentine’s Brook (Fence 9 & 25)
  • The Chair (Fence 15)
  • The Water Bounce (Fence 16)
Becher’s Brook (Fence 6 & 22)

Arguably, Becker’s Brook isn’t solely essentially the most well-known fence on this race but additionally in worldwide horse racing. It’s named after a prime jockey of his time, Martin Becher, was unseated from his horse Conrad within the first ever official Grand Nationwide in 1839. Becher opted to take shelter within the brook to keep away from damage.

The fence itself is 4ft 10in tall and it seems to be like an everyday fence on method, nevertheless there’s a steep drop awaiting runners and riders on the opposite aspect, in addition to a left-hand flip to consider, which makes the fence very tough. The touchdown drop is 6ft 9in, and the fence has been altered through the years to make it safer.

All Fences

Under outlines every of the fences which runners and riders might want to overcome through the Grand Nationwide steeplechase.

  • Fence 1 & 17
  • Fence 2 & 18
  • Fence 3 & 19 (Generally known as Westhead)
  • Fence 4 & 20
  • Fence 5 & 21
  • Fence 6 & 22 (Generally known as Becher’s Brook)
  • Fence 7 & 23 (Generally known as Foinavon)
  • Fence 8 & 24 (Generally known as Canal Flip)
  • Fence 9 & 25 (Generally known as Valentine’s Brook)
  • Fence 10 & 26
  • Fence 11 & 27
  • Fence 12 & 28
  • Fence 13 & 29
  • Fence 14 & 30
  • Fence 15 (Generally known as The Chair)
  • Fence 16 (Generally known as Water Bounce)

Historical past of the Race

Inaugural Race

They contested the primary ever official Grand Nationwide in 1839 at Aintree Racecourse. The race was generally known as the Grand Liverpool Steeplechase.

There have been solely 18 runners declared for the race and of these, 17 ran on the day. The winner was Lottery, a nine-year-old ridden by James Mason.

The primary time wherein the race was run beneath the ‘Grand Nationwide’ title was not till 1847. The winner that yr was an Irish horse named Matthew, who turned the primary ever Irish winner of the Grand Nationwide.


The founding father of the Grand Nationwide was William Lynn, a proprietor who had leased the land in Aintree. Lynn began constructing the course within the late 1820s. There are rumours that the primary Grand Nationwide race was held as early as 1836, however with no official data the races have been held at Aintree, and believed to be held as Maghull as a substitute, historians consider the 1839 version is the primary official Grand Nationwide.

Handicapper Edward Topham took on a much bigger position within the 1840s and made the Grand Nationwide a handicap race in 1843. By 1848, he had the lease of the land from William Molyneux, the Second Earl of Sefton. It was over a century till the Topham household purchased the land outright from Hugh Molyneux, the grandson of William Molyneux and the Seventh Earl of Sefton, after leasing for all that point. The payment was £275,000, which in at this time’s cash could be valued at almost £10m.


Throughout its historical past, there have been distinctive circumstances which precipitated the Grand Nationwide to relocate. This was true in 1916, 1917 and 1918 through the First World Battle, wherein the Aintree Racecourse was taken over by the Battle Workplace. As an alternative of cancelling the race, the Grand Nationwide was moved to Gatwick Racecourse in London, which is now the identical land wherein the Gatwick Airport was constructed on. The races went forward beneath the names Racecourse Affiliation Steeplechase and Battle Nationwide Steeplechase, however are sometimes not recognised as official Grand Nationwide races.

Historic Moments Timeline

As the most important steeplechase on this planet, the Grand Nationwide has actually had some iconic moments in its wealthy historical past. Under is a listing of well-known moments within the historical past of the Grand Nationwide Steeplechase.

  • 1839 – Becher’s Brook
  • 1928 – Tipperary Tim
  • 1956 – Devon Loch
  • 1967 – Foinavon
  • Nineteen Seventies – Pink Rum dominance
  • 1981 – The Bob Champion Nationwide
  • 1993 – Void Nationwide
  • 2020 – Digital Grand Nationwide
Grand Nationwide Main Horse

The main horse, with three wins to his title, is none apart from Pink Rum. He’s thought of to be one of many biggest racehorses of all time. His dominance got here within the Nineteen Seventies, profitable the 1973, 1974 aned 1977 editions, and got here shut on two extra events, coming second within the 1975 and 1976 editions of the race.

Grand Nationwide Main Jockey

No jockey within the new period has matched the 5 wins recorded within the nineteenth century, when the race was nonetheless very younger, which jockey George Stevens secured over a 15-year interval between 1856 and 1970. His first ever win was on Freetrader, and he secured his ultimate win on back-to-back winner The Colonel, who he rode within the earlier yr to victory.

Grand Nationwide Main Coach

Three completely different trainers share the document for essentially the most wins on this race with 4 profession wins. George Dockeray was the primary coach to change into essentially the most successive, securing all of his wins within the infancy years of the race between the 1830s and 1850s. It took over 120 years earlier than the subsequent coach matched Dockeray’s 4 wins, as Fred Rimell skilled his fourth winner Rage Commerce in 1976.

Throughout the 70s, after all, it was Pink Rum and Donald McCain that have been dominating Aintree, however it was not till 2004 wherein ‘Ginger’ added to his Pink Rum success within the race when Amberleigh Home received in 2004. In actual fact, that horse stays the final 12-year-old to win the race.

Grand Nationwide Main Proprietor

James Octavius Machell was the primary proprietor to safe three wins within the race, all coming within the 1870s. An entire century later and Noel Le Mare have been the subsequent house owners to match the document, tasting super success with the historic treble-winning Pink Rum through the Nineteen Seventies. Extra not too long ago, Trevor Hemmings’ 2015 winner Many Clouds meant he turned the newest proprietor to match the document, having additionally secured wins with Ballabriggs in 2011 and Hedgehunter again in 2005.

The Irish stud Gigginstown are actually the newest house owners to make it three wins on this race, having remarkably received three of the final 4 races with Rule the World in 2016 after which the back-to-back success of Tiger Roll in 2018 and 2019. They may sadly miss out on the prospect to make historical past on the 2021 version as Tiger Roll received’t function, which means he can’t match Pink Rum’s document of turning into a treble winner.

Runners and Betting


The Grand Nationwide is open to horses who met a number of standards. This consists of earlier expertise, ranking, age and kind. To qualify, horses want a ranking of not less than 125, having ran not less than three steeplechases beforehand, are not less than seven years previous and have completed inside the primary 4 locations of a steeplechase over a 2m 7f steeplechase.

Checklist of Runners

Under is the newest shortlist of runners for the 2021 Grand Nationwide. This record will likely be lowered additional forward of the race to 40 runners. There can even be 4 horses in reserve to fill in for any replacements which might be made late on all the best way up till Friday morning earlier than the race on the Saturday.

  • Acapella Bourgeois
  • Achille
  • Aforementioned
  • Alpha des Obeaux
  • Ami Desbois
  • Anibale Fly
  • One other Enterprise
  • Any Second Now
  • Balko des Flos
  • Ballyoptic
  • Beau Bay
  • Beware The Bear
  • Blaklion
  • Brahma Bull
  • Bristol de Mai
  • Burrows Saint
  • Cabaret Queen
  • Canelo
  • Captain Drake
  • Chris’s Dream
  • Class Conti
  • Fabric Cap
  • Crievehill
  • Definitly Pink
  • Deise Aba
  • Discorama
  • Double Shuffle
  • Dounikos
  • Fagan
  • Farclas
  • Fingerontheswitch
  • Flying Angel
  • Give Me A Copper
  • Golan Fortune
  • Gold Current
  • Hear No Evil
  • Hogan’s Peak
  • Maintain The Notice
  • Jett
  • Kauto Riko
  • Keeper Hill
  • Kimberlite Sweet
  • Lake View Lad
  • Le Breuil
  • Lord Du Mesnil
  • Magic of Mild
  • Milan Native
  • Minellacelebration
  • Minella Occasions
  • Mister Malarky
  • Monbeg Infamous
  • Musical Slave
  • Okay Corral
  • Plan of Assault
  • Potters Nook
  • Prime Enterprise
  • Pym
  • Roaring Bull
  • Run Wild Fred
  • Santini
  • Secret Reprieve
  • Shantou Flyer
  • Shattered Love
  • Some Neck
  • Soupy Soups
  • Sub Lieutenant
  • Takingrisks
  • Talkischeap
  • The Hole Ginge
  • The Jam Man
  • The Lengthy Mile
  • The Storyteller
  • Tout Est Permis
  • Treacysenniscorthy
  • Valtor
  • Vieux Lion Rouge
  • Yala Enki

Under are some frequent developments and patterns from earlier Grand Nationwide races ran through the years.

  • Age – Solely three of the final 11 winner horses have been beneath the age of 9, as the most typical age of profitable Grand Nationwide horses within the final decade is between 9 and 11 years previous. The minimal age wherein a horse should be with a view to qualify for the Grand Nationwide is seven years previous. There have been no seven-year-old winners since 1940, with Bogskar received at 25/1. 12-year-old are additionally very uncommon winners of the race. Since 1980, there have solely been 4 profitable horses aged 12-years-old, most not too long ago Amberleigh Home in 2004.
  • Successful race time – The document for the quickest time within the Grand Nationwide was damaged in 1990 when Mr Frisk, ridden by Mr Marcus Armytage, managed to finish the gruelling circuit in a time of 8 minutes and 47 seconds. The common time of profitable horses is normally round 9 minutes to 9 minutes and 30 seconds. In 2015, Leighton Aspell rode Many Clouds to win his second Grand Nationwide as a jockey and have become the primary jockey on this century to journey a sub 9 minute race, passing the end line in 8 minutes and 56 seconds.
  • Season kind – The entire final 11 profitable horses within the Grand Nationwide have had not less than three runs through the season, with seven of the final 11 Grand Nationwide winners having not less than 4 runs
  • The favourites don’t win that always – it’s no shock with so many runners and simply stiff competitors that the favorite doesn’t go on to win. In actual fact, solely 4 favourites or joint-favourite runners have gone on to win the race because the flip of the century. Tiger Roll defended his crown within the 2019 version as a 4/1 favorite, and Hedgehunter received as a 7/1 favorite within the 2005 race. Joint-favourites Comply or Die and Don’t Push received the 2008 and 2010 editions respectively at 7/1 and 10/1 costs.
  • Score – 9 of the final 11 winners have had a ranking between 148 and 160. The minimal ranking required with a view to qualify for the race is 125. With a ranking of 160, Many Clouds has been the very best rated horse to win the Grand Nationwide within the final decade.
  • Cheltenham to Aintree – With 9 of the final 11 profitable horses within the race having their final race ran inside the earlier 35 days main as much as the race, 5 of these 11 winners had really ran throughout completely different races on the Cheltenham Competition.
  • Enormous outsiders ought to by no means be fully dominated out – there have been three winners at 100/1 costs, together with as not too long ago as 2009 with Mon Mome, and because the flip of the century, six of the 20 winners have received with costs of not less than 33/1.
Early Favourites

Fabric Cap is a transparent ante-post favorite heading into the Competition week. The Jonjo O’Neill skilled horse has had some first rate type of late, together with a win at Newbury within the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase and will shine on a fast floor.

Different favourites embrace Any Second Now, Secret Reprieve, Kimberlite Sweet and Irish Grand Nationwide winner Burrows Saint.


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