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Next James Bond: Tom Hardy remains 007 contender despite falling in odds to Regé-Jean Page

Over the past year, James Bond fans have been yearning to find out who the next 007 actor will be after Daniel Craig steps down. Tom Hardy was placed firmly at the top of the betting throughout 2020 until Regé-Jean Page came onto the scene. The Netflix star shot to the top of the rankings after his show Bridgerton hit the streaming service, spiking his popularity, marking him as the most probable Bond after No Time To Die. His top spot may be short-lived, however.

According to Manchester-based car finance company Choose My Car, Hardy is still the top dog in the Bond race.

Using Google research and sentiment data, the company revealed that Page only receives 50 daily Google searches regarding him playing Bond.

This isn’t a huge surprise, as Page only really hit mainstream popularity in the last six months.

Hardy, on the other hand, is extremely popular in Google searches.

READ MORE: Next James Bond: Tom Hardy drops to the wayside to Regé-Jean Page

According to the data, Hardy receives more than 64,000 Google searches a day pertaining to him playing 007.

This data makes him the most popular Bond choice at the moment.

In second place is Idris Elba who has an impressive 6,300 Google searches daily.

Elba is an excellent contender to be the next Bond considering he is used to taking on such action-packed roles.

What do you think?

Should Regé-Jean Page be the next Bond? Or should it be Tom Hardy?

Join the debate in the comments section here

Leading bookmaker Ladbrokes recently gave Page a staggering 4/5 odds on becoming Bond after Daniel Craig.

This places the 31-year-old leagues ahead of Hardy.

The Venom star has a strong 4/1 on taking over.

He is then followed by James Norton of McMafia fame.

British heartthrob Norton has a powerful 5/1 and has been in the running since No Time To Die was announced.

He is followed swiftly by Luke Evans, who has starred in the Lord of the Rings series and played Gaston in Beauty and the Beast.

Evans has an impressive 6/1 at the moment.

James Bond No Time To Die is due to hit cinemas on September 30, 2021. 

Author: Callum Crumlish
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Tropical development odds now up to 80% for low in Gulf

June 15

11:00 p.m. update
The National Hurricane Center now gives the tropical low in the Gulf a 50% chance of developing over the next 2 days and an 80% chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm over the next 5 days.

June 15

12:30 p.m. update
The National Hurricane Center now gives the tropical low in the Gulf an 80% chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm.

June 15

7 a.m. update
The National Hurricane Center gives the tropical low in the Gulf a high (70%) chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm.

The potential formation zone extends northward toward the Texas and Louisiana coastlines. Heavy rains could reach the U.S. Gulf Coast as early as Friday.

Impacts here are still “to be determined” based on the exact track the low takes. Once a well-defined low level circulation spins up, we should have a better idea of where it will track and what impacts we’ll get here.

June 14

9:45 p.m. update
Tropical Storm Bill has formed off the East Coast. It is no threat to land.

June 14

2 p.m. update
The National Hurricane Center now gives the tropical low in the Gulf a high (70%) chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm.

The potential formation zone has been extended northward toward the Texas and Louisiana coastlines. Heavy rains could reach the U.S. Gulf Coast as early as Friday.

Impacts here are still “to be determined” based on the exact track the low takes. Once a well-defined low level circulation spins up, we should have a better idea of where it will track and what impacts we’ll get here.

June 14

11 a.m. update
Tropical Depression Two forms off the coast of North Carolina. Additional strengthening is expected and this could become Tropical Storm Bill later tonight. This system should begin to weaken by Tuesday night and is expected to dissipate on Wednesday.

8 a.m. update
We continue to monitor a tropical low in the southwest Gulf of Mexico. It is expected to meander around the Bay of Campeche for the first half of the week, then lift northward toward the U.S. Gulf Coast during the second half of the week. The National Hurricane Center keeps the 5-day developments odds at 60% through Saturday evening.

At this time it is still too soon to determine exactly how we will be impacted by it, but if we get any impacts, they will most likely be felt in the Friday to Sunday window of Father’s Day weekend. A tropical depression or storm could form, but a hurricane looks unlikely given the high wind shear expected over the northwestern Gulf.

If it tracks toward Louisiana or farther east, we would be left with hot, dry weather. If it tracks toward the Upper Texas Coast or farther west, we could see some significant rains from it. Once we see where the low pressure consolidates and becomes more organized, then we will get a better feel for where it will track and what our impacts will be.

For now we advise you to stay in awareness mode as the week progresses.

There are two other areas the National Hurricane Center has tagged for tropical development. An area of low pressure off the East Coast has a 70% chance for tropical development during the next 48 hours. This system will be competing to grab the next name on the Atlantic hurricane list: Bill.

A strong tropical wave off the coast of Africa has a 20% chance of tropical development during the next 5 days.

June 13

7 p.m. update
We continue to monitor a tropical low in the southwest Gulf of Mexico. It is expected to meander around the Bay of Campeche for the first half of the week, then lift northward toward the U.S. Gulf Coast during the second half of the week. The National Hurricane Center keeps the 5-day developments odds at 50% through Friday evening.

At this time it is still too soon to determine exactly how we will be impacted by it, but if we get any impacts, they will most likely be felt in the Friday to Sunday window of Father’s Day weekend. A tropical depression or storm could form, but a hurricane looks unlikely given the high wind shear expected over the northwestern Gulf. The next name on the list is Bill.

If it tracks toward Louisiana or farther east, we would be left with hot, dry weather. If it tracks toward the Upper Texas Coast or farther west, we could see some significant rains from it. Once we see where the low pressure consolidates and becomes more organized, then we will get a better feel for where it will track and what our impacts will be.

For now we advise you to stay in awareness mode as the week progresses.

June 13

7 a.m. update
There’s no major change in the modeling or expectations for our Gulf system, but we’re now up to a 50% chance of development over the next 5 days, and there’s high uncertainty as far as any potential impacts to Southeast Texas.

It’s not something you should be overly concerned with at the moment, but it remains an area we’ll continue to monitor.

June 12

2 p.m. update
We are continuing to monitor an area of showers and storms in the Bay of Campeche. The National Hurricane Center gives this disturbance a 10% chance of development over the next 48 hours and a 40% chance over the next 5 days. Slow development will be a possibility over the next few days but it is still way too early to know what impacts, if any, we could see along the Gulf Coast from this disturbance.

7 a.m. update
The area we are monitoring in the Gulf now has a 40% chance of development over the next 5 days. It’s too early for specifics on exact impacts, but the moisture will gradually lift north. For now it’s just something we will be keeping an eye on.

READ MORE: Here’s today’s hour-by-hour forecast and an outlook for the next ten days

June 11

9 a.m. update
The National Hurricane Center has tagged an area of disturbed weather over the Bay of Campeche with a 20% chance for tropical development over the next 5 days.

Slow development will be possible as this system lifts to the north to northwest. It is still too early to determine what impacts our region could see. Residents along the upper Texas coast should keep an eye on the tropics.

June 10

9 a.m. update
No imminent threat for tropical development over the next 5 days.

However, the Climate Prediction Center says conditions may become more favorable for tropical development in the western Gulf of Mexico late next week. Resident along the upper Texas coast should keep an eye on the tropics.

June 9

8 a.m. update
Formation chances with the disturbance in the southern Caribbean continues to be at a 10% chance over the next five days. However, residents along the upper Texas coast should keep up with the tropics. The Climate Prediction Center expects conditions to become more favorable for tropical development in the western Gulf of Mexico late next week.

June 8

6 p.m. update
Formation chances with the disturbance in the southern Caribbean continues to be at a 20% chance over the next five days. However, residents along the upper Texas coast should keep up with the tropics. The Climate Prediction Center says conditions may become more favorable for tropical development in the western Gulf of Mexico late next week.

2 p.m. update
Formation chance with the disturbance in the southern Caribbean has dropped to a 20% chance over the next five days.

10 a.m. update
Some gradual development will be possible with a tropical disturbance in the southern Caribbean over the next few days. Formation chance is just at 30% over the next 5 days, we’ll continue to monitor it.

Regardless of development, this system will produce heavy rainfall across northern Colombia and portions of Central America later this week and into the weekend.

June 7

Our tropical disturbance in the southern Caribbean remains at just a 20% chance of development over the next 5 days, we’ll continue to monitor it.

June 6

There’s a 20% (low) chance of tropical development over the next 5 days in an area just east of Central America in the southern Caribbean Sea. An area of low pressure could develop by the end of the week and may try to gradually strengthen as it moves northwest. We’ll continue to monitor this area.

June 5

No tropical development is expected in the tropical Atlantic in the next 5 days.

However, NOAA is giving us an early heads up with “high confidence” that one or more tropical systems may spin up in the western Caribbean Sea between June 9th and June 15th.

Why?
Because a large area of low pressure known as the “Central American Gyre” is expected to spin up, and these often will produce one or more smaller low pressure systems that can break off and develop into tropical depressions and storms. There’s no way to know exact details at this time and there’s certainly nothing to worry about right now, but we do want you to at least be casually aware of the possibility just in case.

June 4

No tropical development is expected in the tropical Atlantic in the next 5 days.

In the Eastern Pacific, Blanca has weakened to a post-tropical cyclone and is expected to weaken even further as it heads westward into a drier environment with increasing wind shear and cooler waters.

Just east of Blanca, an area of disturbed area is being monitored for potential tropical development. The formation chance is at 60% during the next 5 days. A tropical depression could form late this weekend or early next week while it moves slowly to the west-northwest well off the coast of Mexico.

June 3

No tropical development is expected in the next 5 days.

In the Eastern Pacific, Blanca is now a tropical depression and is expected to weaken even further as it heads westward into a drier environment with increasing wind shear and cooler waters.

June 2

No tropical development is expected in the next 5 days.

In the Eastern Pacific, Tropical Storm Blanca continues to move west away from Mexico. It should remain as a tropical storm through midweek but should weaken sometime on Thursday down to a tropical depression.

June 1

Today is the official start of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. No tropical development is expected in the next 5 days.

In the Eastern Pacific, Tropical Storm Blanca continues to move west away from Mexico. It should remain as a tropical storm through midweek but should weaken sometime on Thursday down to a tropical depression.

May 31

No tropical development is expected as the Atlantic hurricane season kicks off tomorrow.

However, in the Eastern Pacific Tropical Depression Two-E is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm within the next 24 hours as it drifts south of Mexico. This system is expected to remain below hurricane strength and eventually fall apart as it moves over cooler water.

A tropical wave is just west of Two-E and has a slim chance for tropical development during the next five days.

May 26

There are no areas of concern for development for the next 5 days in the Atlantic, Gulf or Caribbean.

May 24

Ana has dissipated and no tropical development is expected during the next five days.

May 23

11 p.m. update
Ana is now a post-tropical cyclone and should dissipate Monday as it moves northeast farther out into the Atlantic.

3 p.m. update
Ana has now been downgraded to a tropical depression with 35 mph winds. Ana is forecast to become a remnant low by tonight as it moves northeast out farther into the Atlantic.

12 p.m. update
Ana is barely holding on as a tropical cyclone in the Atlantic as it churns around 425 miles northeast of Bermuda. Ana’s maximum sustained winds were around 40 mph Sunday morning and was moving northeast at approximately 14 mph. An increase in forward speed was expected in the next day or so. Tropical storm-force winds extended outward up to 35 miles and there are no impacts to land. Ana is expected to weaken and dissipate by Monday.

5 a.m. update
Still plenty of moisture in SE Texas from the disturbance that moved through early Saturday morning, with light rain expected in Houston and heavier rain to our southwest. Elsewhere, 340 miles to the northeast of Bermuda our first named storm, Ana, continues to gradually move northeast over open water. Ana will not make landfall anywhere, and will dissipate early next week.

May 22

11 p.m. update
The tropical disturbance that brought us our rain chance today continues to lift to the north.

Subtropical Storm Ana formed early Saturday and is now making its way northeast out to sea in the Atlantic. It is currently 270 miles northeast of Bermuda and is moving northeast at 9 mph. Ana currently has sustained wind speeds of 45 mph but is expected to weaken over the next 24 hours… eventually dissipating by Monday.

1 p.m. update
Our tropical disturbance responsible for bringing showers to SE Texas today continues to spin through the Hill Country. The moisture that it continues to pump into our area has produced widely scattered showers, especially west of I-45.

SubTropical Storm Ana, our first named storm of the season, is lifting away from Bermuda and poses no threat to land.

10 a.m. update
Subtropical storm Ana formed in the Atlantic Ocean early Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Ana was located about 200 miles northeast of Bermuda Saturday morning with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. The system was expected to continue its slow and erratic motion, and then dissipate in a few days, forecasters said.

Here in the Houston area, the Gulf tropical disturbance continues to weaken and move to the north-northwest. Outer rain bands will continue to impact the Houston area today. A wind advisory has been extended for the Bolivar Peninsula, coastal Jackson, Matagorda, Brazoria and Galveston Island until 4 p.m. Coastal flood advisories continue for Chambers, coastal Brazoria, Galveston and Harris counties until 7 a.m. Sunday.

7 a.m. update
The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for several rivers and streams across the region as rain-swollen banks continue to be impacted by scattered showers today. Impacts from the disturbance continue to include locally heavy rainfall, breezy conditions along the coast, elevated tides and marine hazards. The center of the system should push northwest throughout the day. The highest rain chances through noon should be along and west of the Brazos River. Those rain chances will expand across the area later today.

5 a.m. update
The disturbance in the Gulf moved inland near Port Lavaca, and the National Hurricane Center doesn’t expect any more development. Locally, our impacts remain unchanged from prior updates, scattered showers and storms with breezy 30-40mph wind gusts possible, especially along the coast. The NWS has issued a Coastal Flood Warning through 7 a.m. for our coastal communities.

In a much different part of the world, northeast of Bermuda, we now have our first named storm: Subtropical Storm Ana has formed. This storm will have no direct impact on land, and is only notable for being our first named storm of the year, arriving before hurricane season officially begins.

May 21

1 p.m. update
The NHC is now giving the disturbance in the Gulf a 30% chance of development (becoming a Tropical Depression or Tropical Storm).

The impacts in our area will be minor regardless of development. We can expect scattered showers and storms along with wind gusts over 30 mph overnight and through Saturday, with rain tapering off from east to west on Sunday.

Still, if it makes landfall in Texas at tropical depression or storm strength, it’ll be the first in recorded history to do so before June 1, the customary start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

1 p.m. update
A large area of thunderstorms in the western Gulf is drifting northwest towards the Texas coast.

Conditions are slightly favorable for development and the National Hurricane Center is giving it a 60% chance. Whether it develops or not, it’ll give us at least scattered, heavy downpours overnight and through the day on Saturday.

High rain rates along with the slow movement of the storms means some flooding will be possible. Gusty winds and coastal flooding may also be an issue near the coast.

May 20, 2021

According to the latest NOAA outlook, the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season will be busier than normal, but it’s unlikely to be as crazy as 2020’s record-shattering year.

They’re expecting 13-20 tropical storms, 6-10 hurricanes, and 3-5 major hurricanes.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30, although storms can form before and after those dates.

During hurricane season, ABC13 meteorologists will provide daily tropical weather updates on this page.

RADAR MAPS:
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Author: Travis Herzog

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Bodyguard star Richard Madden to become the next James Bond

ODDS on Richard Madden playing the next James Bond have been cut.

The Bodyguard star is now 4-1 with bookmaker Coral to replace Daniel Craig when he steps down from the role after No Time To Die.

The Bodyguard star is one of the favourites for the role

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The Bodyguard star is one of the favourites for the roleCredit: Getty Images

Coral has slashed the odds in half for the Scots hunk playing the role from 8-1 and is now one of the favourites for the 007 role.

The bookies still have Tom Hardy down as the favourite with the odds of 1-2, with Jamed Norton also at 4-1 with Richard Madden.


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Coral’s John Hill said: “Richard Madden is right in the mix to play the next James Bond according to our betting.

“The Bodyguard star has been very busy over the last couple of years where he has shown he has the credentials to play 007.”

Odds cut on Richard Madden playing James Bond

Favourites to play the 007 role

1-2 Tom Hardy

4-1 Richard Madden

4-1 James Norton

6-1 Sam Heughan

7-1 Tom Hiddleston

8-1 Idris Elba

10-1 Henry Cavill

Fellow Scot and Outlander star Sam Heughan is still in the mix to be the next James Bond with the odds at 6-1.

Earlier on, we told of how Sam Heughan urged tourists to treat historic sites in Scotland with respect.

The actor urged people to be careful when visiting Highland spots which feature in the historic fantasy drama.

It comes after it emerged that stones had been taken as souvenirs from the Victorian cairn at the site of the battle of Culloden.

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Author: Sarah Peddie
This post originally appeared on Showbiz – The Scottish Sun

Next James Bond: Line of Duty’s Martin Compston odds slashed in race to be the next 007

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A Coral spokesman said: “It looks like this Sunday’s finale could be the last ever Line of Duty as the show has not been commissioned for a seventh series yet. 

“Martin Compston may be looking for a new opportunity and our betting suggests that could be as James Bond.

“Compston has auditioned for the role in many ways throughout Line of Duty and although he would have to change his police uniform for a tuxedo, we think he could be up to the task.”

The Line of Duty star may be popular with his fans, but he’s got some tough competition with other favourites ahead of him in the odds.

NS&I explains why newer Premium Bonds 'seem luckier' – odds of winning prizes explained

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The odds of winning changed several months ago, on November 24 last year, coming into force for the December 2020 Premium Bonds prize draw. This was due to a cut to the annual prize fund rate.

The higher value the prize, the fewer the number of payouts up for grabs.

Ahead of the upcoming Premium Bonds prize draw, many may well be wondering whether they will win a prize.

NS&I has published the odds on its website, so Premium Bonds holders are aware of their chances.

The Government-backed savings provider has also published some other facts relating to the odds.

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Among the queries some may have, NS&I addresses whether or not newer Premium Bonds are luckier.

The answer to this is no, but the savings provider explains why it could “seem” that this is the case.

“Every eligible £1 Bond has the same chance to win a prize in every monthly draw,” the website states.

“Newer Bonds seem luckier because over 95 percent of those currently held have been purchase since 2000.”

“While 2.4 percent of our Premium Bonds holders have the maximum £50,000 invested (as of April 2019), their total investment makes up 34.4 percent of the £80billion held in Premium Bonds, from which the prize fund is calculated.”

However, NS&I adds that while buying more Bonds could improve the chances of winning a prize, there isn’t a guarantee of what size that prize would be.

There is a minimum investment amount of £25 per person.

At the other end of the scale, there is also a maximum holding of £50,000 per person.

Next James Bond: Daniel Kaluuya’s odds to be next 007 slashed in half after Oscars win

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We’re still several months away from when Daniel Craig’s final 007 outing No Time To Die hits cinemas, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating over who could be the next James Bond. In the latest big shakeup at the bookies, Black Panther and Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya has seen his odds of taking up the Licence to Kill halved, after winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar last night. The 32-year-old won the Academy Award on his second-ever nomination for playing Frank Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah.

But now bookmakers Ladbrokes report that his odds of being the next James Bond have been slashed from 40-1 to 20-1.

A spokesperson said: “Daniel Kaluuya’s recent Oscars success has led to plenty of speculation about his next move, and his odds of playing 007 next have been slashed substantially.”

The British star still has a lot of competition in from of him though, with Jamie Bell, Jack Lowden and Aidan Turner on 16-1.

While Tom Hiddleston, Richard Madden, Idris Elba, Cillian Murphy and Sam Heughan are at 12-1.

READ MORE: James Bond: Idris Elba on 007 rumours that have ‘always chased me’

Just ahead of those is Superman star Henry Cavill, who came second to Craig in the auditions for 2006’s Casino Royale.

In his early twenties at the time, the scene he and his fellow contenders had to act out was from Sean Connery’s From Russia with Love.

In fact, the audition specifically saw Cavill having to walk into a room in a towel.

The 37-year-old told Men’s Health in 2019 that director Martin Campbell had said to him: “Looking a little chubby there, Henry.”

Responding to the rumours, Page told The Mirror he was “flattered” by all the 007 speculation around him.

The 31-year-old said: “Ah, the B word. I think that if you are British and you do anything of note, that other people take notice of, then people will start talking about that.

“I think that’s fairly normal and I’m flattered to be in the category of Brits that people have noticed.

“Nothing more – or less – than that. I think the concept of having plans in this moment in history is mildly hilarious. So I’ve given up on making them.”

With No Time To Die being Craig’s final outing as Bond, no doubt auditions to search for his replacement will be on the minds of the 007 producers.

Previous stars to win the role of Ian Fleming’s spy have been in their thirties and forties, – so Page is certainly at the right age.

Casting the 31-year-old could be a great way to modernise the franchise with the first non-white Bond.

Whatever happens, the next 007 reboot will be a “reimagining” according to producer Barbara Broccoli, just as it was at the start of Craig’s era.

EFL Cup odds and betting tips

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This post originally appeared on Mirror – Football

You’re well out of it, Jose. PS please send money.

They said it couldn’t be done, but Tottenham and Manchester City have defied the gloomsters – and managed to make the EFL Cup even less prestigious than it was.

Welcome to the Snides Shield (4.30pm) and fittingly, despite a Europa qualifying-round ticket ‘up for grabs’, it hardly matters who wins. But they can’t both lose, so there must be a bet in it.

City strolled the last head-to-head, but a Euro trip looms and they’ll be minus big players. They are 1/6 to lift the jug, a suitably greedy price.

Harry Kane is now a ‘definitely maybe’, though he hasn’t scored against City for five years. Last one a penalty, obvs.

Jose Mourinho talked of the “modern penalty” after February’s 3-0 defeat. Good spot. Get on ‘penalty in match’ at 12/5 (Hills, 90mins).

Five of the last 20 EFL finals went to shootouts – 6/1 (Skybet) it is settled on penalties again is big on that data.

It’s not over until the fat lady actually sings, but West Brom’s defeat on Thursday night must have had Sam Allardyce humming a few scales.

He might hope to see flip-flops on hosts Aston Villa (7pm), but I doubt Euros-hungry Ollie Watkins will wear them. Try 13/8 (Fred) Watkins ‘anytime scorer’.

Wolves have done enough to survive, but a point against Burnley (12pm, BBC One) would complete the maths, and a share suits both. Have a DRAW at 12/5.

The last time Manchester United went to Elland Road, 10 years back, a bloodthirsty mob of Leeds fans laid siege to their hotel.

Sir Alex Ferguson called his stay “frightening” and “like the film Zulu”.

That’s a withering TripAdvisor review. I believe there was also a “huge pube” in the bath and the mini-bar was “a ****ing disgrace”.

Stuart Dallas has earned a higher ‘anytime scorer’ rating than 8/1 (Paddy) says. Worth a pop.

Try an ‘anytime scorer’ nibble on Luis Suarez at 13/10 (Paddy) when Atletico go to Bilbao (8pm, La Liga).

Last week: Winner at 6/4

Who is favourite to win the Grand National 2021

The Grand National returns to Aintree this weekend after a two-year absence. Last year’s race was cancelled over fears of spreading the coronavirus, but the steeplechase is officially back on Saturday afternoon.

The Grand National is one of the most famous horse racing events in the world.

The race was first run more than 180 years ago, back in 1839, and the event traditionally takes place at Aintree Racecourse, Merseyside.

Who is favourite to win the Grand National 2021

It’s the most valuable jump race in Europe, with a prize fund of more than £1million for one lucky jockey.

The race is a steeplechase event, featuring a variety of large fences over a distance of four miles.

The 2019 winner, Tiger Roll, won’t be taking part in the Grand National, however.

Owner Gigginstown decided to withdraw the horse from the race, after claiming there was an “unfair weight burden”.

Tiger Roll’s absence means that Cloth Cap is the runaway favourite to win the race this year.

Cloth Cap’s owner, Trevor Hemmings, could earn a record fourth Grand National win this weekend with a victory.

Betfair spokesperson Barry Orr told Express Sport: “The world’s most famous race, the £750,000 Grand National takes centre-stage at Aintree with 40 runners and riders all looking to write their name into sporting folklore.

“Cloth Cap has been the favourite for the race since the turn of the year and has impressed in two victories at Newbury and Kelso respectively this season. He bids to give owner Trevor Hemmings a record fourth win in the race and is the 9/2 favourite with Betfair to land the four and a quarter-mile event.

“Burrows Saint has been popular among punters in recent days as he bids to become the first horse since Numbersixvalverde in 2006 to become an Irish and UK Grand National winner. He is the 8/1 second-favourite for Willie Mullins and will be partnered by his son Patrick.

“Rachael Blackmore, the star of the Cheltenham Festival, is one of three jockeys bidding to become the first female rider to win the Grand National. She partners Minella Times, a 9/1 chance, who has finished second in two competitive handicaps in Ireland this season. Bryony Frost is onboard Yala Enki (33/1) and Tabitha Worsley rides Sub Lieutenant (50/1).

Grand National 2021 tips: Tiger Roll won't be

Grand National 2021 tips: Tiger Roll won’t be running this year (Image: GETTY Images)

“Minella Times is one of seven runners for owner JP McManus, who has other strong contenders in the shape of 10/1 shot Any Second Now, successful at Navan last time and Kimberlite Candy who has finished second on two occasions on the Grand National track and is 10/1 to go one better in the iconic contest.

“Discorama has attracted solid support throughout the week and is 14/1 for Irish trainer Paul Nolan, whilst 2019 Grand National second Magic Of Light is 16/1.

“Potters Corner (20/1), winner of the 2020 Virtual Grand National that was run in place of the actual event due to the pandemic, seeks to give Wales a second win in the race.

“Takingrisks, 40/1 earlier in the week, has shortened to 25/1 for Nicky Richards and is another to note in the 40-runner field.”

Betfair – Grand National winner

Cloth Cap 9/2

Burrows Saint 8/1

Minella Times 9/1

Any Second Now, Kimberlite Candy 10/1

Discorama 14/1

Magic Of Light 16/1

Acapella Bourgeois, Farclas, Mister Malarky, Potters Corner 20/1

Anibale Fly, Bristol De Mai, Takingrisks 25/1

Lake View Lad, Lord Du Mesnil, Milan Native, Talkischeap, Yala Enki 33/1

Canelo, Chris’s Dream, Ok Corral, Shattered Love, The Long Mile 40/1

Balko Des Flos, Blacklion, Class Conti, Definitely Red, Give Me A Copper, Sub Lieutenant, Vieux Lion Rouge 50/1

Alpha Des Obeaux, Ballyoptic, Double Shuffle, Hogans Height, Jett, Minellacelebration 66/1

Ami Desbois, Cabaret Queen 80/1

Tout Est Permis 100/1