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Grand National tips: Who to bet on at Aintree today as Cloth Cap the bookies' favourite

Any Second Now has all the right attributes to make it second victory in today’s Randox Grand National (5.15pm) for Irish trainer Ted Walsh. Walsh pulled off a colossal gamble in the world’s most recognised horse race 21 years ago when his son Ruby partnered Papillon to victory.
The Kildare trainer admitted backing Papillon at big prices, however, it is not known if he is on Any Second Now (5.15, ITV), the well-supported 10-1 third favourite.

Any Second Now understandably has plenty of supporters and no doubt one of them is his renowned gambling owner JP McManus.

The gelding recently flagged up his credentials, significantly after the National weights were announced, by winning a Grade 2 Chase over two miles at Navan last month.

Before that success he was very much off the radar but staked his claim for today’s marathon by winning at the Cheltenham Festival in 2019. After that success connections had earmarked last year’s race before it was cancelled.

His best performances suggest he is very well handicapped. Also, he brings a touch of class to the table.

Bristol De Mai, without doubt the class act in the race, has paid the price with top weight. He faces a massive task conceding 15lb to the selection.

However, this honest performer will be difficult to keep out of the money. Burrows Saint, winner of the 2019 Irish Grand National, also has to go on the shortlist.

His trainer Willie Mullins, successful in the 2005 National with Hedgehunter, has made no secret about training the gelding specifically for today’s iconic race.

To protect his handicap mark, Mullins has campaigned the gelding over hurdles before finishing an excellent second on his latest start over fences, after the National weights were published.

Cloth Cap, officially 14lb well in, offers no value at 7-2. This free-going individual also might burn himself out before the race is over.

Takingrisks, who had Cloth Cap back in third place when winning the 2019 Scottish National, is each-way value at 33-1, as is Magic Of Light at 25-1.

She ran an absolute blinder when under three lengths second to Tiger Roll in the 2019 National. The mare no doubt would have been closer had she not rooted the last fence.

The Scout’s Grand National Festival day three tips

1.45 – Ballybegg

2.25 – MY DROGO

3.00 – Shishkin

3.35 – THYME HILL (nb)

4.15 – Sam Brown

5.15 – ANY SECOND NOW (nap)

6.20 – Balco Coastal

Grand National results LIVE: Aintree winners as Rachel Blackmore looks to create history

The holy-grail of horse racing gets underway at 5.15pm today and Express Sport is on hand to bring you all the winners from the moment they cross the finish line. There is seven racing in totoal througout the third day of the Aintree festival.
But all eyes will be on the main event as 40 horses battle it out over the four-mile course.

History could be made as two female jockeys, Rachael Blackmore and Bryony Frost, are in with strong chances of becoming the first ever woman winner.

“Look, it’s the Grand National and anything can happen, but I wouldn’t swap him anyway,” Blackmore said of her mount Minella Times.

And well respected trainer Paul Nicholls, who has had 11 champions, is backing the girls.

“Bryony’s got a chance. Rachel Blackmore’s got a very good chance. She’s been riding at the top of her game,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.

“It’d be really good for the sport if one of the girls did win the National. They’re more than capable of winning it.”

Grand National results LIVE

1.45 – Manifesto Novices Chase

1) Hometown Boy

2) J’Ai Froid

3) Tea Clipper

4) Ashtown Lad

2.25 – Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle

1) My Drogo

2) Minella Drama

3) Guard Your Drea

3.00 – Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase

1) Shishkin

2) Funambule

3.35 – Ryanair Stayers Hurdle

(results to follow)

4.15 – Betway Handicap Chase

(results to follow)

5.15 – Randox Grand National Handicap Chase

(results to follow)

6.20 – Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle

Grand National 2021 prize money: How much winner scoops in Aintree race

The winner of this year’s much-anticipated Grand National is set to take home £375,000 in prize money.

Aintree’s showpiece event returns to the famous course after last year’s race was cancelled due to the coronavirus[1] pandemic.

The total prize fund for the race stands at £750,000, down by £250,000 from the last meeting in 2019.

Each runner down to tenth place receives a share of that total amount.

With 40 horses competing, that means around 25 per cent of the runners will receive a share of the prize fund.

Tiger Roll stormed to a second successive victory tin 2019, with the prize money an incredible £561,000 shared between owners Gigginstown House Stud, trainer Gordon Elliot and jockey Davy Russell.

Tiger Roll will miss the chance of a third successive victory at Aintree
Tiger Roll will miss the chance of a third successive victory at Aintree

However, due to weight issues, the thoroughbred will miss the chance at a record-equalling third victory having been withdrawn from the race.

Despite the drop in prize money this year, the Grand National remains one of the richest races on the planet, in terms of the lucrative reward on offer.

Watched by more than 500 million people each year in more than 140 countries, the race sees its incredible 40 competitors take on Aintree’s world-famous fences over the course of four and a half miles.

The 173rd edition of the race will be without crowds in attendance due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

Grand National 2021

The UK government has said that spectators will not be able to attend live sporting events until May 17th at the earliest.

Fans will have to make do with watching the event which starts at 5.15pm, on ITV1.

Alternatively, you can visit Mirror Racing[2] and to follow all the action on our dedicated live blog.


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Grand National Festival 2021 results in full: Every race result from Ladies Day at Aintree

The second of three days of the Grand National Festival took place on Friday with Ladies Day commencing despite the death of Prince Philip. Usually, thousands of fans would have packed out the Aintree racecourse in their most stylish of outfits, but sadly the coronavirus pandemic means the 2021 Grand National is being held behind closed doors. 
The 2020 Grand National was held virtually with Potters Corner winning the simulated race, but it’s back to real life this year with the main event at 5.15pm on Saturday.

Thursday’s races saw Manchester United legend enjoy a Liverpool hat-trick as a co-owner of Protektorat, Monmiral and Clan Des Obeaux.

The second of three days of the Festival on Friday however was overshadowed by the death of the Duke of Edinburgh a few hours before the first race at 1.45pm.

Races took place as planned with tributes paid to the Duke in the form of a two-minute silence, messages on the course’s big screen and black armbands worn by the jockeys.

It has been confirmed Saturday’s Grand National will also still commence despite the death of Prince Philip.

Express Sport meanwhile provides the race results in full from day two of the Grand National Festival below.

Grand National Festival results – Day Two

13:45 – The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle

1) Tronador

2) Dans Le Vent

3) Edwardstone

14:20 – The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle

1) Belfast Banter

2) Do Your Job

3) Dusart

14:50 – The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase

1) Chantry House 

2) Shan Blue

3) Fiddlerontheroof 

15:25 – The Marsh Steeple Chase (Melling Chase)

1) Fakir D’Oudairies

2) Nuts Well 

3) Itchy Feet 

16:05 – The Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase

1) Livelovelaugh

2) Pink Eyed Pedro

3) Senior Citizen

16:40 – The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle

1) Ahoy Senor

2) Bravemansgame

3) Oscar Elite

17:15 – The Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle

1) Rowland Ward

2) Camprond

3) Bold Enough