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Grand National 2021: The Entries – Numbers 31-40

The next 10 runners for the Grand National are reviewed by our team

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Minellacelebration and Ben Poste win the Bet365 Summer Cup at Uttoxeter Racecourse.

With only eight days to go until the pinnacle event of National Hunt racing, the card is becoming clear for punters to make selections for the big race.

Could this year’s successor be among these competitors? Our team have looked through the next 10 runners.

The Grand National of 2021 is now only a week away, kickstarting at 5:15pm on Saturday 10th April
Milan Native – 10st 6lb – 33/1

Winner of the Kim Muir Handicap Chase in 2020, Milan Native has experienced mixed fortunes over fences this season.

watch: milan Native’s first win over fences arrived in the 2020 kim muir [credit: racing tv]

The eight-year-old’s last outing came at the Cheltenham Festival where he finished ninth in the Ultima. Denise Foster’s runner will need to bounce back with a big performance here.

Discorama -10st 6lb – 33/1

Paul Nolan’s Discorama has placed on all three starts at the Cheltenham Festival and the eight-year-old will be aiming to carry that form into the Aintree Festival.

However, he has not won over fences since November 2018 and will need to improve on his last two performances.

Vieux Lion Rouge – 10st 5lb – 50/1

Vieux Lion Rouge will be making his fifth and most likely final appearance in the Grand National for David Pipe.

Vieux Lion Rouge ridden by Conor O'Farrell goes on to win the William Hill Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree Racecourse, Merseyside.
Vieux Lion Rouge landed the Becher at Aintree in December

The 12-year-old has finished in the top ten in three of the last four renewals of the contest, so the veteran is highly experienced over the Aintree fences.

Cloth Cap – 10st 5lb – 4/1

The current favourite for the contest, Cloth Cap burst onto the scene when winning the Ladbrokes Trophy in November.

The nine-year-old followed up with another success in the Listed Premier Chase at Kelso in March.

wathc: cloth cap scores an easy success at kelso under tom scudamore [Credit: racing tv]

Jonjo O’Neill has been fiercely backed by punters for this year’s Grand National and the gelding should be in the mix.

Cabaret Queen – 10st 5lb – 100/1

The 2020 Kerry National winner has struggled this season for Willie Mullins and will need a revival in form if she is to be competitive here.

Willie Mullins
Willie Mullins was leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival for the third year in a row but hasn’t won the Grand National since 2005
Minellacelebration – 10st 5lb – 100/1

Katy Price’s gelding has won at the Aintree track three times in his career, but this is the 11-year-old’s toughest task to date.

Canelo – 10st 4lb – 40/1

Canelo has made significant progress this season, and the eight-year-old has a big performance in him.

Horse Racing - Aintree Grand National Meeting - Aintree Racecourse - 10/4/10 A.P McCoy wins the 4.15 John Smith's Grand National riding Don't Push it Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Carl Recine
Owner JP McManus won the Grand National through Don’t Push It in 2010

Alan King’s runner won at Aintree in November, and also landed the Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase over the festival period.

The Long Mile – 10st 4lb – 40/1

The Long Mile has struggled to replicate last season’s winning form this time around, and he faces a difficult challenge here.

Phillip Dempsey’s jumper did claim the Tim Duggan Memorial Handicap Chase in December, but there are questions on whether he will stay the trip at Aintree.

Give Me A Copper – 10st 4lb – 66/1

The 2019 Badger Beers Silver Trophy winner has been reduced to only four runs in the past two seasons and was pulled up on his last start at Doncaster in January.

Can Give Me A Copper reward handler Paul Nicholls with a first National success in 9 years?

Paul Nicholls’ chaser is now an 11-year-old and he may well be past his best

Farclas – 10st 3lb – 33/1

Denise Foster’s seven-year-old has shown promise in handicap company this season, with his best performance coming in the Paddy Power Plate at the Cheltenham Festival when claiming second.

Farclas won the Triumph Hurdle as a four-year-old

If the gelding can cope with the step up in trip, he could be an interesting contender on his Grand National debut.

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