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Grand National Festival Trainers

The racehorse trainers that work with the brilliant horses that compete in races like those that take place at The Grand National Festival deserve immense levels of respect for their commitments to the sport.

Without the trainers, we may still have the privileged of watching racehorses grace the grounds of racecourses like Aintree trained by their owners, but the quality of the racing – the power, speed and agility – would unlikely be anywhere near what we’re able to witness today with the help of talented and experienced trainers.

Although there are innumerable accomplished racehorse trainers out there that deserve special mentions, here are just a handful of the trainers that have trained the favourites that will be competing in The Grand National Steeple Chase 2021:

Grand National 2021 Trainers

Here are the racehorse trainers that have brought us the top ten favourites for The Grand National Steeple Chase 2021 (odds subject to change as the event approaches):

Jonjo O’Neill

Cloth Cap – 4/1 race favourite

Jonjo O’Neill already has a Grand National title under his belt but 2021 will be the tenth edition of the race since he won it back in 2010 with 10/1 joint-favourite ‘Don’t Push It’ ridden by Tony McCoy.

Jonjo O’Neill has 17 major wins as a trainer alongside his 15 accolades as a jockey, the most recent of which being The Ladbrokes Trophy Handicap Chase in 2020 with this year’s Grand National favourite ‘Cloth Cap’.

Willie Mullins

Burrows Saint – 8/1 second-favourite

Willie Mullins is amongst the most accomplished and prolific racehorse trainers in National Hunt horse racing. 8/1 priced ‘Burrows Saint’ is his most likely entry for The 2021 Grand National at Aintree and, as the second-favourite of the race, would be far from an upset if he is to take the crown.

Willie has won The Grand National before but will be eager to win it again as there have been 15 editions of the race since he won it with ‘Hedgehunter’ in 2005.

As well as this Grand National win, Willie Mullins has hundreds of major race victories all over the globe, including 78 Cheltenham winners and various wins across The UK, Ireland, France, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Japan.

Ted Walsh

Kimberlite Candy – 10/1 third-favourite

Ted Walsh is another successful racehorse trainer that has won The Grand National before. Ted’s win came all the way back in 2000 when 10/1 priced ‘Papillon’, ridden by jockey and son Ruby Walsh, was first to pass the final post and secure the six-figure first-place prize.

Ted Walsh has also trained winning horses in The Irish Grand National, The Punchestown Gold Cup, The Bet365 Gold Cup and six other major races across The UK and Ireland.

Tom Lacey

Any Second Now – 10/1 joint third-favourite

From his base at Cottage Field Stables in Herefordshire, Tom Lacey has accomplished an astonishing win rate of 19% in the last five National Hunt seasons, that’s 150 winners from 808 runners accumulating over £1.4 million in earnings.

Tom Lacey has yet to train a Grand National champion but looks to be in with a great chance with 10/1 joint third-favourite ‘Any Second Now’ this April.

Henry De Bromhead

Minella Times – 10/1 joint third-favourite

After an extremely successful Cheltenham Festival in March, Henry De Bromhead will be looking to complete the 2020/21 National Hunt season with a fairytale ending. Minella Times is his best hopes and after the dream coalition he formed with jockey Rachael Blackmore at Cheltenham there’s a good chance she’ll be atop this sturdy steed at The Grand National in April.

Evan Williams

Secret Reprieve – 12/1 sixth-favourite

Welsh racehorse trainer Evan Williams will be bringing the popular ‘Secret Reprieve’ to The Grand National with hopes that the Irish seven-year-old will continue his great season form after winning his last two races, both at Chepstow in December and January.

Evan Williams has a number of great wins in his portfolio but has yet to come near any titles quite as prestigious as The Grand National Steeple Chase.

Paul Nolan

Discorama – 14/1 seventh-favourite

With just 10 wins from 232 runners, Paul Nolan has had far from his best National Hunt season with a win percentage of just 4%. However, none of that will matter quite so much if ‘Discorama’ can come out on top in this year’s Grand National.

With a starting price of 14/1 and most likely ridden by B J Cooper, ‘Discorama’ will be Paul’s most likely chance of winning his first Grand National title.

Denise Foster

The Storyteller – 14/1 joint seventh-favourite & Farclas – 20/1 ninth-favourite

Taking the reins from Gordon Elliott for a 12 month period, Denise Foster has put in the hard graft and submitted two likely lads for entry in The 2021 Grand National. 

Denise has a great chance of winning her first Grand National with a total of ten runners entered for the race – the most likely of which being 14/1 priced ‘The Storyteller’ and 20/1 priced ‘Farclas’.

Jessica Harrington

Magic Of Light – 20/1 joint ninth-favourite

London born Jessica Harrington has had some serious success in National Hunt jump racing thus far, with wins in The Cheltenham Gold Cup and The Irish Grand National with ‘Sizing John’, both of which came a month apart in 2017.

Having already proven herself as one of the best racehorse trainers in National Hunt jump racing, there will be absolutely no pressure as she looks to attain her first Grand National victory this April with 20/1 priced ‘Magic Of Light’, who finished in second place last time out.

Grand National Previous Winners

Here are the previous 3 winners of The Randox Grand National Steeple Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

(2020 meeting abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic)

2019

Last time out, The Randox Grand National Steeple Chase was won by ‘Tiger Roll’, ridden by jockey Davy Russell and trained by Gordon Elliott.

66/1 priced outsider ‘Magic Of Light’ finished two and three-quarter lengths behind ‘Tiger Roll’ in second place, followed by 8/1 priced ‘Rathvinden’ in third place and 25/1 priced ‘Walk In The Mill’ in fourth.

2018

The Randox Grand National Steeple Chase 2018 was won by 10/1 priced ‘Tiger Roll’, ridden by jockey Davy Russell and trained by Gordon Elliott.

25/1 priced ‘Pleasant Company’ finished just a head behind ‘Tiger Roll’ in second place, followed by 40/1 outsider ‘Bless The Wings’ in third place and 10/1 priced ‘Anibale Fly’ in fourth.

2017

Back in 2017, The Randox Grand National Steeple Chase was won by 14/1 priced ‘One For Arthur’, ridden by jockey Derek Fox and trained by Lucinda Russell.

16/1 priced ‘Cause Of Causes’ finished four and a half lengths behind ‘One For Arthur’ in second place, followed by 25/1 outsider ‘Saint Are’ in third place and 8/1 priced Blaklion in fourth.