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  • The Grand National returns on Saturday, April 10
  • The 2020 race was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Cloth Cap favourite to win Aintree showpiece race
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Apr 1989:  A general view of the field jumping a fence during the Grand National at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, \ England. \ Mandatory Credit: Bob  Martin/Allsport

Apr 1989: A general view of the field jumping a fence during the Grand National at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, \ England. \ Mandatory Credit: Bob Martin/Allsport

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5 Apr 1997:  The crowd sieze the opportunity to jump the famous fences at Aintree due to the evacuation of the stands, caused by the IRA bomb scare which postponed The Grand National to April 7th at the Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, England. \ MandatoryCredit: David Rogers /Allsport

5 Apr 1997: The crowd sieze the opportunity to jump the famous fences at Aintree due to the evacuation of the stands, caused by the IRA bomb scare which postponed The Grand National to April 7th at the Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, England. \ MandatoryCredit: David Rogers /Allsport

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7 Apr 2001:  Tom Doyle of Ireland parts company with his mount Esprit de Cotte at the 11th fence during The Martell Grand National  at Aintree, Leverpool. Mandatory Credit: Mike Hewitt/ALLSPORT

7 Apr 2001: Tom Doyle of Ireland parts company with his mount Esprit de Cotte at the 11th fence during The Martell Grand National at Aintree, Leverpool. Mandatory Credit: Mike Hewitt/ALLSPORT

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AINTREE - APRIL 5:  Timmy Murphy parts company with Torduff Express during the Martell Grand National held on April 5, 2003 at Aintree, in England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

AINTREE - APRIL 5: Timmy Murphy parts company with Torduff Express during the Martell Grand National held on April 5, 2003 at Aintree, in England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  M. P. Walsh parts company with Quolibet at the 11th fence during the John Smith's Grand National Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: M. P. Walsh parts company with Quolibet at the 11th fence during the John Smith's Grand National Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Runners and riders jump Canal Turn on the first time of asking during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Runners and riders jump Canal Turn on the first time of asking during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: A general view during the Gaskells Handicap Hurdle race during the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 06, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: A general view during the Gaskells Handicap Hurdle race during the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 06, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Davy Russell riding Tiger Roll (R) clears Canal Turn on his way to winning the 2019 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 06, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Davy Russell riding Tiger Roll (R) clears Canal Turn on his way to winning the 2019 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 06, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14:  Horses and riders start the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Horses and riders start the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14:  Davy Russell (R) rides Tiger Roll to victory, closely followed by David Mullins (L) riding Pleasant Company during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Davy Russell (R) rides Tiger Roll to victory, closely followed by David Mullins (L) riding Pleasant Company during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14:  Davy Russell celebrates after riding Tiger Roll to victory during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Davy Russell celebrates after riding Tiger Roll to victory during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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The Grand National makes its return this Saturday.

The 2020 race was scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic and run as a virtual race instead.

And while there will be no fans in the stands on Saturday, there will at least be another instalment of this prestigious race this year.

Cloth Cap has been installed as a 4/1 favourite with bet365 following an impressive Ladbrokes Trophy win.

There is plenty of competition though with Burrows Saint next up at 8/1 and Any Second Now at 10/1.

Kimberlite Candy and Minella Times are considered 12/1 shots, with Secret Reprieve a 14/1 pick.

* Odds correct at time of writing.
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    Apr 1989:  A general view of the field jumping a fence during the Grand National at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, \ England. \ Mandatory Credit: Bob  Martin/Allsport +

    Apr 1989: A general view of the field jumping a fence during the Grand National at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, \ England. \ Mandatory Credit: Bob Martin/Allsport

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    5 Apr 1997:  The crowd sieze the opportunity to jump the famous fences at Aintree due to the evacuation of the stands, caused by the IRA bomb scare which postponed The Grand National to April 7th at the Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, England. \ MandatoryCredit: David Rogers /Allsport +

    5 Apr 1997: The crowd sieze the opportunity to jump the famous fences at Aintree due to the evacuation of the stands, caused by the IRA bomb scare which postponed The Grand National to April 7th at the Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, England. \ MandatoryCredit: David Rogers /Allsport

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    7 Apr 2001:  Tom Doyle of Ireland parts company with his mount Esprit de Cotte at the 11th fence during The Martell Grand National  at Aintree, Leverpool. Mandatory Credit: Mike Hewitt/ALLSPORT +

    7 Apr 2001: Tom Doyle of Ireland parts company with his mount Esprit de Cotte at the 11th fence during The Martell Grand National at Aintree, Leverpool. Mandatory Credit: Mike Hewitt/ALLSPORT

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    AINTREE - APRIL 5:  Timmy Murphy parts company with Torduff Express during the Martell Grand National held on April 5, 2003 at Aintree, in England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) +

    AINTREE - APRIL 5: Timmy Murphy parts company with Torduff Express during the Martell Grand National held on April 5, 2003 at Aintree, in England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  M. P. Walsh parts company with Quolibet at the 11th fence during the John Smith's Grand National Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) +

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: M. P. Walsh parts company with Quolibet at the 11th fence during the John Smith's Grand National Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Runners and riders jump Canal Turn on the first time of asking during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) +

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Runners and riders jump Canal Turn on the first time of asking during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: A general view during the Gaskells Handicap Hurdle race during the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 06, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) +

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: A general view during the Gaskells Handicap Hurdle race during the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 06, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Davy Russell riding Tiger Roll (R) clears Canal Turn on his way to winning the 2019 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 06, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) +

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Davy Russell riding Tiger Roll (R) clears Canal Turn on his way to winning the 2019 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 06, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14:  Horses and riders start the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) +

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Horses and riders start the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14:  Davy Russell (R) rides Tiger Roll to victory, closely followed by David Mullins (L) riding Pleasant Company during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) +

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Davy Russell (R) rides Tiger Roll to victory, closely followed by David Mullins (L) riding Pleasant Company during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14:  Davy Russell celebrates after riding Tiger Roll to victory during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) +

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Davy Russell celebrates after riding Tiger Roll to victory during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Apr 1989:  A general view of the field jumping a fence during the Grand National at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, \ England. \ Mandatory Credit: Bob  Martin/Allsport

Apr 1989: A general view of the field jumping a fence during the Grand National at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, \ England. \ Mandatory Credit: Bob Martin/Allsport

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5 Apr 1997:  The crowd sieze the opportunity to jump the famous fences at Aintree due to the evacuation of the stands, caused by the IRA bomb scare which postponed The Grand National to April 7th at the Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, England. \ MandatoryCredit: David Rogers /Allsport

5 Apr 1997: The crowd sieze the opportunity to jump the famous fences at Aintree due to the evacuation of the stands, caused by the IRA bomb scare which postponed The Grand National to April 7th at the Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, England. \ MandatoryCredit: David Rogers /Allsport

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7 Apr 2001:  Tom Doyle of Ireland parts company with his mount Esprit de Cotte at the 11th fence during The Martell Grand National  at Aintree, Leverpool. Mandatory Credit: Mike Hewitt/ALLSPORT

7 Apr 2001: Tom Doyle of Ireland parts company with his mount Esprit de Cotte at the 11th fence during The Martell Grand National at Aintree, Leverpool. Mandatory Credit: Mike Hewitt/ALLSPORT

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AINTREE - APRIL 5:  Timmy Murphy parts company with Torduff Express during the Martell Grand National held on April 5, 2003 at Aintree, in England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

AINTREE - APRIL 5: Timmy Murphy parts company with Torduff Express during the Martell Grand National held on April 5, 2003 at Aintree, in England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  M. P. Walsh parts company with Quolibet at the 11th fence during the John Smith's Grand National Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: M. P. Walsh parts company with Quolibet at the 11th fence during the John Smith's Grand National Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Runners and riders jump Canal Turn on the first time of asking during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Runners and riders jump Canal Turn on the first time of asking during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: A general view during the Gaskells Handicap Hurdle race during the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 06, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: A general view during the Gaskells Handicap Hurdle race during the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 06, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Davy Russell riding Tiger Roll (R) clears Canal Turn on his way to winning the 2019 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 06, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Davy Russell riding Tiger Roll (R) clears Canal Turn on his way to winning the 2019 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 06, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14:  Horses and riders start the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Horses and riders start the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14:  Davy Russell (R) rides Tiger Roll to victory, closely followed by David Mullins (L) riding Pleasant Company during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Davy Russell (R) rides Tiger Roll to victory, closely followed by David Mullins (L) riding Pleasant Company during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14:  Davy Russell celebrates after riding Tiger Roll to victory during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Davy Russell celebrates after riding Tiger Roll to victory during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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