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When is the 2021 Grand National?

  • We bring you the dates and vital information about the 2021 Grand National
  • The 2021 Grand National will take place on Saturday 10th April
Grand National Aintree
Grand National Aintree. (Getty)

When is the 2021 Grand National?


The Grand National is usually held on either the first of second Saturday in April. In 2021, the Grand National is due to be run on Saturday 10th April.

What is the Grand National?


The Grand National is one of the most famous sporting events in the world. Millions of racing fans and sports enthusiasts will tune in to watch the Grand National get played out at Aintree. This lucrative handicap is open to all chasers, and is run over a grueling trip of four miles and two furlongs.

Where is the Grand National run?


The Grand National is always run at Aintree racecourse. Aintree is one of Britain's oldest race tracks, and it's situated in Merseyside, England.

Who won the last Grand National?


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 renewal of the Grand National was cancelled. Prior to that, Tiger Roll had reigned supreme at Aintree, winning the Grand National in spectacular fashion in 2018 and 2019.

Which horses will run in the 2021 Grand National?


Tiger Roll is due to return to Aintree in 2021 to try and win a third Grand National in a row. Second favourite is Easysland, who defeated an underpar Tiger Roll to win the 2020 Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Other names to watch out for are former Irish Grand National winner Burrows Saint, 2018 Gold Cup winner Native River, and three former Cheltenham Festival winners in Any Second Now, Presenting Percy and The Conditional.

Where can I watch the Grand National?


The 2021 Grand National will be shown live on ITV and RacingTV. If you'd rather watch the racing via your mobile or tablet, then bookmakers such as bet365 will allow you to stream the race live.

Grand National Live Streaming


The bet365 live streaming service covers a wide range of horse racing on a daily basis. Here's how to stream the 2021 Grand National live online:

  1. Visit bet365 > live streaming > horse racing
  2. Log-in or register for an account (use the bet365 bonus code NEWBONUS if opening a new account)
  3. Registered depositing users can then watch and bet on live horse racing.

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Grand National History


The Grand National is steeped in history and there has been plenty happening since the first running in 1839. The most valuable jumps race in Europe is a big draw card for bettors and much like the Melbourne Cup in Australia, it's watched by people who wouldn't usually watch horse racing.

Founded by William Lynn in 1829, the Grand National has since been at the forefront of British racing and Aintree has been the setting for many movies and books.

One of the most famous editions was in 1928 when Tipperary Tim was the only horse to finish the race, despite there being 42 starters.

The going was very heavy and Tipperary Tim handled it well but needed some luck in the final straight as there were two horses ahead of him. 

Both horses in front failed to complete the final jump with one falling and another the saddle slipping.

The 1967 edition can only be described as mayhem with 100/1 chance Foinavon winning. The rank outsider was trailing the field by some 100 yards, but there was a big wreck up front which took out a large majority of the field.

17 jockeys remounted after the fall, but Foinavon had stolen the race and fences 7 and 23 are now named after the infamous winner.

Red Rum is the most successful Grand National winner in history, winning three times in the 1970's. The controversial jumper was the dominant jumper of its generation and will live in racing folklore for years to come.

One of the most popular horses in recent years has been Gordon Elliott's Tiger Roll. Not only has the Tiger won four times at the Cheltenham Festival, but he also claimed back-to-back Grand National victories in 2018 and 2019.
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