Grand National 2021 LIVE RESULTS: Runners confirmed, favourites, tips, betting odds for HUGE Aintree Festival on Friday

GRAND NATIONAL week is underway as we approach the big one on Saturday!

We'll be bringing you ALL of the latest runners, odds and build up to the annual Aintree showpiece plus all of the results from the festival.

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Follow ALL of the latest from Aintree below…

  • Alex Terrell

    NON RUNNERS

    Three non-runners have been declared this morning.

    In the 2.50 – 6 Silver Hallmark

    In the 4.40 – 2 Alaphilippe, 14 The Cob

  • Etienne Fermie

    MORNING, RACING FANS

    Sir Alex Ferguson can celebrate another win in Liverpool this Saturday – thanks to his Grand National runner.

    The Manchester United legend's horse Give Me A Copper will run in the world's most famous race – after the ex-Man Utd boss already landed a 108-1 treble at the Liverpool course.

    The horse, who Fergie co-owns with four others, has been targeted at the big one since 2019.

    Give Me A Copper is currently a 50-1 shot for the 40-runner contest.

    In other news, Team Tiger Roll were called in by the Aintree stewards to explain the run of their star in the Betway Bowl.

    The two-time Grand National champ was beaten 92 lengths into fourth by runaway winner Clan Des Obeaux.

    But the stewards believed the horse was ‘tenderly handled’ throughout by jockey Jack Kennedy.

    An enquiry was held after the race which trainer Denise Foster – who is holding the licence while Gordon Elliott is banned – telephoned into.

    Meanwhile, Jockey Lorna Brooke was rushed to hospital via air ambulance after a horror ‘faceplant’ fall at Taunton.

    Brooke came crashing down in the 4.55 race while on 16-1 shot Orchestrated.

    Held up behind the leaders, Brooke lost control at the third fence and hit the turf face-first.

    And finally, what better way to get in the spirit of the Grand National than with a sweepstake with your mates?

    Well, lucky for you, SunSport has done the hard work and got the ideal kit for the big race.

    All you’ve got to do is save and download the sweepstake kit HERE, and print it off or share it via WhatsApp, text or social media.

  • Jake Lambourne

    'TENDERLY HANDLED'

    Team Tiger Roll were called in by the Aintree stewards to explain the run of their star in the Betway Bowl.

    The two-time Grand National champ was beaten 92 lengths into fourth by runaway winner Clan Des Obeaux.

    But the stewards believed the horse was 'tenderly handled' throughout by jockey Jack Kennedy.

    An enquiry was held after the race which trainer Denise Foster – who is holding the licence while Gordon Elliott is banned – telephoned into.

    The report stated: "An enquiry was held into the running and riding of Tiger Roll, ridden by Jack Kennedy and trained by Mrs Denise Foster, which appeared to be tenderly handled throughout to stay on to finish fourth, beaten by 92 lengths.

    "The rider was interviewed and shown recordings of the race and the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding failed to reveal any abnormalities."

    Read more HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BET BOOST

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    The offer is for new customers only and is activated by placing five £10 bets.

    You will then receive £20 in free bets, and can repeat the trick a total of five times to claim a huge £100 in free bets.

    Find out more here.

  • Jake Lambourne

    THRILLING DAY

    Who gets your vote for the performance of the day?

  • Jake Lambourne

    PICK A WINNER

    What better way to get in the spirit of the Grand National than with a sweepstake with your mates?

    Well, lucky for you, SunSport has done the hard work and got the ideal kit for the big race.

    All you've got to do is save and download the sweepstake kit HERE, and print it off or share it via WhatsApp, text or social media.

    Cut out all the horses and place them in a bag or bowl.

    Once you've picked your horse, make sure you write down who you have.

    You could charge £2 per pick and then decide whether you want to give the whole pot to the winner or give something to the runner-up. Good luck!

  • Jake Lambourne

    JOCKEY PAIN

    Jockey Lorna Brooke was rushed to hospital via air ambulance after a horror 'faceplant' fall at Taunton.

    Brooke came crashing down in the 4.55 race while on 16-1 shot Orchestrated.

    Held up behind the leaders, Brooke lost control at the third fence and hit the turf face-first.

    Startling photos showed the moment she hit the ground at the Somerset track.

    Fortunately, she was reported to be 'awake and alert' by the time on-course medics were on hand to treat her.

    TV footage on Racing TV showed the air ambulance circling overhead before landing to take her to Bristol Hospital.

    Reporter Alex Steedman said: "I'm told she is awake and alert.

    "She was in communication it is just a case of what sort of physical condition she is in."

    Brooke hit the turf face-first in this devastating fall
  • Craig Mahood

    SATURDAY SWEEP

    What better way to get in the spirit of the Grand National than with a sweepstake with your mates?

    Well, lucky for you, SunSport has done the hard work and got the ideal kit for the big race.

    All you've got to do is save and download the sweepstake kit and print it off or share it via WhatsApp, text or social media.

    Cut out all the horses and place them in a bag or bowl.

    Once you've picked your horse, make sure you write down who you have.

    You could charge £2 per pick and then decide whether you want to give the whole pot to the winner or give something to the runner-up. Good luck!

    DOWNLOAD YOUR GRAND NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKE KIT HERE

  • Craig Mahood

    NO ROARING FROM TIGER

    Clan Des Obeaux demolished the field in the Betway Bowl as Tiger Roll could only meow his way home in fourth.

    The two-time Grand National winner was always on the backfoot as Paul Nicholls' star cruised home by a whopping 26 lengths.

    Tiger Roll in the Betway Bowl

    Punters had hoped to see Tiger Roll attempt to do a Red Rum and win a third National on Saturday.

    But owner Micheal O'Leary hit out over his rating and weight in the big race and instead ran him in today's Grade 1.

    And the gulf in class showed as jockey Jack Kennedy struggled to go the pace set by Clan Des Obeaux and faller Mister Fisher.

    In the end he trailed home well-beaten in fourth and 92 lengths behind the winner, part-owned by Man United legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

  • Craig Mahood

    BEST BETS OF DAY TWO

    Templegate turns his eagle eye to Friday's racing at Aintree, looking to build the bank ahead of the Grand National.

    SunSport's tipster has been poring over the form all year and brings you his top selections below.

    POLITOLOGUE (3.25 Aintree, Nap – best bet)

    Paul Nicholls and Politologue

    He has been first and second in the past two runnings of this race and can keep up that excellent record. He was pulled out of the Champion Chase at Festival with a nosebleed minutes before the off so comes here fresh.

    His form this season has been good after winning the Tingle Creek and running second in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot. His front-running style is ideal for Aintree and he’ll be right there again.

    LEONCAVALLO (5.15 Aintree, nb – next best)

    He was a good sixth in the Martin Pipe at the Cheltenham Festival but is effectively 7lb lower today thanks to his rider’s claim and a little drop in the weights.

    He was too free early on which may be why he didn’t charge up the hill. Coming back to two miles at this flat track should sort out that problem and he’s a major player again.

    CHANTRY HOUSE (2.50 Aintree, treble – chuck in for a big win)

    He was a rare bright spot for Britain at the Cheltenham Festival when cashing in on Envoi Allen’s fall to take the Marsh Novices’ Chase with a fair bit in hand.

    He steps up in trip by half a mile today and that looks a wise move because he bounded up the hill at Prestbury Park. He goes on any ground and there should be more to come from Nicky Henderson’s seven-year-old.

  • Craig Mahood

    DAY ONE – RECAP

    No doubt the story of the day as Sir Alex Ferguson landed another treble in his career.

    He are the winners of the opening day at Aintree.

    1.45 – Protektorat – 17/2

    2.20 – Monmiral – 10/11F

    2.50 – Clan Des Obeaux – 5/2F

    3.25 – Abracadabras – 5/1

    4.05 – Cousin Pascal – 66/1

    4.40 – Editeur Du Gite – 9/1

    5.15 – Me Too Please – 14/1

  • Craig Mahood

    THE BLACKMORE STORY

    Despair to triumph, again.

  • Craig Mahood

    ME TOO PLEASE WINS THE MARES' BUMPER

    FULL RESULT

    1st – Me Too Please 14/1

    2nd – Elle Est Belle 5/2

    3rd – Miss Lamb 20/1

  • Craig Mahood

    ME TOO PLEASE WINS THE MARES' BUMPER

    A tumbling fall on favourite Jason The Militant earlier in the day, Rachael Blackmore knows how to bounce back.

  • Craig Mahood

    5.15 MARES’ NH FLAT RACE

    FINAL FURLONG

    But Rachael Blackmore keeps finding with Me Too Please.

    Elle Est Belle is closing the gap but not quick enough.

    It wouldn't be a festival without a Rachael Blackmore winner and BLACKMORE WINS THE FINALE

  • Craig Mahood

    5.15 MARES’ NH FLAT RACE

    2F TO GO

    Rachael Blackmore gets Me Too Please a couple of lengths clear but is hanging badly.

    Elle Est Belle thundering home and running straight.

  • Craig Mahood

    5.15 MARES’ NH FLAT RACE

    INTO THE STRAIGHT

    Glimpse of Gala challenged by Me Too Please.

    Elle Est Belle and Eileendover running on well.

  • Craig Mahood

    5.15 MARES’ NH FLAT RACE

    6F TO RUN

    Mansoline and Swincombe Fleat still lead Milans Edge.

    No move yet for the market leaders.

    Glimpse of Gala making headway on the front wave.

  • Craig Mahood

    5.15 MARES’ NH FLAT RACE

    Circuit to go and Mansoline and Swincombe Fleat take them along.

    Elle Est Belle well back in the field with favourite Eileendover in midfield.

  • Craig Mahood

    5.15MARES' NH FLAT RACE

    And they're off in the finale!

  • Craig Mahood

    HEADING TO POST

    The runners are on their way to the start for the final race.

    A mixed day for punters today – how will day one finish?

  • Craig Mahood

    FINISH WITH A BANG

    Templegate is siding with the second-favourite in this apparent match-up.

    Elle Est Belle was third in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham and this is easier.

    Templegate

  • Craig Mahood

    5.15 MARES' NH FLAT RACE

    And just like that, we have reached our final race of the opening day.

    The betting suggests it's a match between Eileendover and Elle Est Belle.

    But there are 16 runners heading to post shortly.

    MARES’ NH FLAT RACE

    Eileendover evens

    Elle Est Belle 9/4

    Wheres Maud Gone 12/1

    Me Too Please 16/1

    Miss Lamb 16/1

    Mind Sunday 22/1

    35/1 bar

  • Craig Mahood

    THE BEST

    Sir Alex Ferguson labelled day one at Aintree as his 'best day in racing' after picking up £169,000 in winner's money.

    Fergie landed a treble in the first three races.

    The chances of the three horses winning had drifted to monumental odds as high as 108-1 before the off.

    That’s the best day I’ve had in my time in racing, which is about 20 years or so.
    It is different to when I was managing my football teams – I was in control of what was going to happen on the pitch, but I’m not in control of that (on the racetrack) as the trainer does all of that and as an owner you hope it goes well.
    You do get the same excitement when you win big races like that as it does get you very excited.

    Sir Alex Ferguson

  • Craig Mahood

    RED RUM HANDICAP

    FULL RESULT

    1st – Editeur Du Gite 9/1

    2nd – Sully D'Oc 12/1

    3rd – Dostal Phil 17/2

    4th – Frero Banbou 10/1

     

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