This is where the road to Aintree begins – the entries. Every year we wait for the end of January to roll around to find out just how many hopefuls have been given the green light. For this year and the 2021 Grand National, it is 106. And unsurprisingly, Tiger Roll heads the list as he bids for his third consecutive win in the famous race.

So how does that number of 106 compare to previous years? It is just one more than the 105 entered in 2020. Although that renewal didn’t go ahead, many of the same names are hoping to finally take their chances on Saturday April 10th 2021 at 5.15pm.

In comparison to 2019, the figure is down slightly from the 112 entered that year. But really, the numbers are fairly consistent. That means we have a few exciting weeks ahead of us as the weights are revealed and the scratching stages take place.

Grand National 2021 Entries

So which potential runners have made the list and which are notable by their absence? First up is Tiger Roll who looks set to bid for a third win, equalling that of the great Red Rum. However, I wouldn’t be rushing to get a bet on him just yet. No sooner had the entries been released and Tiger Roll connections were already touting the Irish Grand National as a more likely option!

Bristol De Mai and Presenting Percy have both been given the green light. And while we’ve seen Bristol De Mai on the list three times previously, 2021 looks likely to be his first attempt at the race as he has since been scratched from the Gold Cup.

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Presenting Percy, also scratched from the Gold Cup, is another highly rated contender. On the same Official Rating as Tiger Roll (168) they are just one notch below Bristol De Mai (169) and two below Santini (170).

But we all know that weight is a major factor in the National. The better the horse the higher the weight. So often it is those runners much further down the list that achieve more on race day.

From that perspective, the likes of Pym, Kimberlite Candy, Potters Corner, and Cloth Cap all look to be in good shape. However, we won’t know the exact weights until February 16th when they are revealed live on Racing TV.

List Of Entries

With so many more stages to go until we get to the final line-up of 40 runners, here are all of the horses currently in contention:

  • 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

The Scratching Stages

Now that we know we have 106 entries the next stage is the weights. Normally these are revealed at a fancy lunch with all of the trainers and owners. However, this year that is changed due to restrictions. Instead, the BHA Handicapper will reveal them live on Tuesday, February 16th on Racing TV. So we all find out at the same time.

From the weights, the horses will be ordered from the highest weight to the lowest. The maximum is 11stone 10lbs and it is allocated to the highest-rated horses entered. In this case, it looks like Santini, though the Handicapper does have some discretion.

We then wait for the first scratchings deadline on 2nd March. Nothing generally happens at this stage as connections are waiting to see how their runners fair at Cheltenham.

The second scratchings deadline is the 23rd of March and the five-day confirmation stage is the 5th of April. With just days until race day, the final declaration stage will be on the 8th of April.

So there you have the rundown of how the 2021 Grand National will play out over the next few months. Expect plenty of betting offers as the race draws closer and of course tips!!

Until then, all of the ante-post odds for the 2021 Grand National are available here.

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