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- Grand National 2021 runners and riders: our horse by horse verdict
- Grand National 2021 tips: best bets, predictions and five horses to watch
- Grand National 2021 sweepstake kit: How to download and print yours
- ‘Tiger Roll’s Grand National omission robs us of chance to watch an icon become an immortal’
Reaction from winning jockey Harry Cobden
And he has some serious praise for Monmiral:
He travels really well, jumps great…he’s top class.He’s as good a juvenile as I’ve ever sat on.
Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle result
Monmiral jumps the last
in front but his closest rival Adagio clatters it! Monmiral saunters to a win by seven lengths or so.
Paul Nicholls is on the board for the festival. Another win for Sir Alex Ferguson and co!
Monmiral joins Fiveandtwenty, Adagio closing
Fiveandtwenty breezing along and has a three-length advantage over Paros
Fiveandtwenty still leads, Paros in second and Monmiral third
Is pretty keen and leads over the first hurdle
in the second race.
Sir Alex Ferguson with a win on Merseyside!
The former Man United boss is a co-owner of first race winner Protekorat – and second race favourite Monmiral.
Second race betting
With a couple of minutes to go:
John Locke 16/1
Carlos Felix 125/1
Our Grand National verdict
If you’re already thinking about the big race on Saturday then it’s worth a look at our racing correspondent Marcus Armytage’s horse-by-horse verdict – including the runners, riders and reserves as it stands.
The next race
Is the Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at 2.20pm.
It’s another Grade One and there are six horses in the mix – with Monmiral the 10/11 favourite as it stands.
From Harry Skelton and Protektorat. They rallied well heading into the last to join Hitman and The Shunter, jumped it tidily enough and then looked really strong in the run-in.
Manifesto Novices’ Chase result
- The Shunter
Three horses jumped the last together
But Proketorat finished strongly for the Skeltons and won by about three lengths
Protektorat joins Hitman and The Shunter and goes clear on landing!
Lovely jump from Hitman and he extends his advantage to three lengths
Fourth from home
Hitman over safely with The Shunter looking fairly ominous in second
Fusil Raffles is pulled up
Hitman has the lead from The Shunter with Eldorado Allen in third
Fusil Raffles gives the ninth
A whack and Hitman takes the lead
They’re all over the eighth fence safely
Fusil Raffles joined by Hitman with The Shunter a couple of lengths back
Fusil Raffles very tidy, extends his lead on landing
Fusil Raffles straight into the lead
Ahead of Hitman and The Shunter
And they’re off
In the Manifesto Novices’ Chase
The horses are at the start for the first
They’ll get going any time.
Current betting: Fusil Raffles 5/2, Hitman 7/2 and The Shunter 7/2
Grand National 2021: All you need to know
We’ve answered all your questions in one place – including when Saturday’s big race starts, how you can watch it and what are the latest odds.
Marlborough’s Aintree tips for today
Our champion tipster Marlborough offers up his selections for all races on a daily basis.
Here’s what he fancies at Aintree:
1.45 Eldorado Allen
2.50 Clan Des Obeaux
3.25 Buzz NAP
4.40 Grey Diamond
Betting for the first race
At the moment there are three 11/4 co-favourites for the Manifesto Novices’ Chase which is due off at 1.45pm.
The bookies cannot split Nicky Henderson’s Fusil Raffles, Paul Nicholls’ Hitman and Emmet Mullins’ The Shunter.
The latter was an impressive winner at the Cheltenham Festival last month, claiming the Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase in fine style.
It is his first time stepping into Grade One company today and will be interesting to see how he goes.
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Grand National horse-by-horse verdict
Following this morning’s declarations, Bristol De Mai heads a maximum field of 40 for Saturday’s Grand National — but the strongly-fancied Secret Reprieve is only a second reserve at this stage.
The field will be confirmed at 1pm on Friday.
Read our verdict on all the runners and riders here.
Get your Grand National sweepstake kit here
It’s two days away, but the 40 runners and riders for this year’s Grand National (plus the four reserves) were confirmed this morning.
And if you want to set up a (socially-distanced) sweepstake with friends and family then we’ve got just the thing for you – click here to access Telegraph Sport’s sweepstake kit.
Walsh and Geraghty’s Betway Bowl predictions
Welcome to our coverage of day one of the 2021 Grand National Festival at Aintree. There are some big names on show today, including dual Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D’Air and 2018 Gold Cup champ Native River – but the star attraction is undoubtedly two-time Grand National hero Tiger Roll.
Unfortunately for racing fans he won’t be going for a tilt at an historic third National title on Saturday, instead taking on the Betway Bowl at 2.50pm today – but it is always a joy to see the living legend in action.
Tiger Roll comes into today’s race after an outstanding fifth Cheltenham Festival triumph, in the Cross Country Chase, which cemented his status as the most popular horse in training.
After that success, our chief sports writer Oliver Brown shared his disappointment at the news the Tiger won’t be given a chance to win his third National, writing “we cannot overstate the significance that Tiger Roll’s matching of Red Rum would have both within racing and beyond”.
He added: “The regret at Tiger Roll’s National omission is perfectly simple. It is that we have been denied the chance of watching an icon become an immortal.”
Gigginstown Stud race manager Eddie O’Leary has played down Tiger Roll’s chances of success in the Betway Bowl, saying he has “no chance whatsoever” of winning – making the decision to swerve the National seem even more difficult to understand.
Kevin Blake made his thoughts clear on ITV Racing’s Opening Show this morning, saying it was “a shame” the horse is running today rather than Saturday – and there’s no doubt most racing fans will feel the same.
Native River also goes in the Betway Bowl, with Clan Des Obeaux the current favourite at 5/2 for that race.
Buveur D’Air has not been the force of old in recent times, and faces an uphill battle against 10 rivals including Abacadabras and Brewin’upastorm in the Aintree Hurdle at 3.25pm.
There are seven races on today’s card – including four Grade Ones – with the first race off at 1.45pm. The going is currently good to soft.