THE most famous horse race in the world is appearing fast on the horizon.
For the sport’s top chasers, it is all about the Grand National.
Read on for all you need to know on the 2021 showpiece at Aintree – and how to get £40 in free bets.
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When is the 2021 Grand National?
The Grand National will take place on Saturday, April 10.
The race is part of the Randox Grand National Festival, which starts on Thursday, April 8.
There are nine Grade 1 races across all three days, culminating in the big one, set to be held at 5.15pm on the Saturday.
More than 500 million people tune in to watch the race every year.
Are there free bets for the Grand National?
Check out SunSport’s dedicated free bets page here.
This will be updated with fresh offers nearer the day of the race.
Who are the runners in the Grand National?
The field is not finalised yet but here are some of the horses at the top of the betting.
Two-time winner Tiger Roll will not run in the National, but could be at Aintree. The final field of 40 is announced the week of the race.
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Odds correct at time of writing and subject to change.
Cloth Cap 7-2
Any Second Now 10-1
Kimberlite Candy, Minella Times 12-1
Burrows Saint, Secret Reprieve, Santini 14-1
Bristol De Mai, Magic of Light, The Storyteller, Discorama 20-1
Run Wild Fred, Lord Du Mesnil, Acapella Bourgeois, Potters Corner, Chriss Dream 25-1
Shattered Love, Brahma Bull, Anibale Fly, Balko Des Flos, Le Breuil, Milan Native, Farclas, Deise Aba, OK Corral, Shantou Flyer, Double Shuffle, Class Conti, Canelo, Lake View Lad, Yala Enki 33-1
Mister Malarky, Achille, Definitly Red, Beau Bay, Keeper Hill, Blaklion, Jett, The Long Mile, Vieux Lion Rouge, The Jam Man 40-1
Give Me A Copper, Ballyoptic, Pym, Musical Slave, Cabaret Queen, Bellow Mome, Alpha Des Obeaux, Fingerontheswitch, Hold The Note, Beware The Bear, Another Venture, Hogans Height, Some Neck, Tout Est Permis, Valtor, Talkischeap, Takingrisks 50-1
Crievehill, Fagan, Prime Venture, Roaring Bull, Golan Fortune, Minellacelebration, Kauto Riko, Captain Drake, Plan Of Attack, Ami Desbois, Treacysenniscorthy, Dounikos 66-1
Soupy Soups, Sub Lieutenant, Hear No Evil, Aforementioned, Flying Angel, Monbeg Notorious, The Hollow Ginge 100-1
Grand National tips
One to look out for at a big price could be JP McManus’ Canelo.
He is 33-1, just a bit shorter than the Venetia Williams-trained Achille, who recently came sixth in the Midlands Grand National.
Cloth Cap is the big favourite.
What channel is the Grand National on?
The racing will be on ITV 1.
However, you will be able to stream the event on a bookies’ website too, providing you have an account.
What are some of the famous fences?
This is the sixth and 22nd fence. It is infamous because the landing side is 10 inches lower than the take off side.
It was named after Captain Martin Becher, a jockey who fell off his horse there and hid in the brooke to avoid injury.
A smaller fence, this was named after the 100-1 shot who avoided a horror pile-up here before going onto win in 1967.
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