Grand National 2021 Weights Revealed: Tiger Roll’s Hat-Trick Hopes On a Knife Edge

Horse Race Behind FieldIt was the news that horse racing fans were dreading – the weights for the 2021 Grand National have been revealed, and Tiger Roll has been given an 11st 9lb mark, which is 7lb higher than his second Aintree triumph.

It’s bad news, really, in the sense that the horse’s owner, Michael O’Leary, has said he won’t send his prized asset to Merseyside if asked to lug around such a heavy handicap. And now that the weights have been revealed, Tiger Roll’s attempt at history – he could be the first horse ever to win three consecutive editions of the Grand National.

While O’Leary is yet to confirm definitively whether he will withdraw his star from the April 10 renewal, trainer Gordon Elliott sounded pretty downbeat after the handicaps were revealed despite being ‘keen’ to run him. “I have to concentrate on training the horse and I just hope his owner lets him run in the race for the public,” Elliott said. “Everyone will be looking forward to seeing him run again in the Grand National, but Michael will make that decision.

“From the bottom of my heart it is hard to see him having much less weight with him being such a specialist, but we have what we have so we have got to take it and hopefully he can do us proud.

“It will be disappointing for everyone if he doesn’t turn up, but as you know Michael makes the decisions.”

The lead handicapper, Martin Greenwood, was defiant in his assessment of the various ratings, and declared that ‘….while the O’Learys are perfectly entitled to any opinion they want to offer, I’m perfectly entitled not to listen to it.’

Looking to emulate the legendary Red Rum’s feat of winning three editions of the National, it appears that a lofty rating may just bring an end to Tiger Roll’s date with destiny.

Full List of Weights For the 2021 Grand National

Number Horse Country Age Weight
1 Bristol de Mai FR 10 11-10
2 Easysland FR 7 11-10
3 Santini GB 9 11-10
4 Delta Work FR 8 11-9
5 Presenting Percy GB 10 11-9
6 Tiger Roll IRE 11 11-9
7 The Storyteller IRE 10 11-8
8 Chris’s Dream IRE 9 11-7
9 Battleoverdoyen IRE 8 11-5
10 Yala Enki FR 11 11-3
11 Ballyoptic IRE 11 11-1
12 Definitly Red IRE 12 11-1
13 Lake View Lad IRE 11 11-0
14 Ajas FR 7 10-13
15 Burrows Saint FR 8 10-13
16 Magic of Light IRE 10 10-13
17 Acapella Bourgeois FR 11 10-12
18 Anibale Fly FR 11 10-12
19 Aso FR 11 10-12
20 Mister Malarky GB 8 10-12
21 Talkischeap IRE 9 10-12
22 Tout Est Permis FR 8 10-12
23 Bellshill IRE 11 10-10
24 Beware The Bear IRE 11 10-10
25 Kimberlite Candy IRE 9 10-10
26 Pym IRE 8 10-10
27 Alpha des Obeaux FR 11 10-9
28 Al Roc FR 10 10-9
29 Any Second Now IRE 9 10-9
30 Balko des Flos FR 10 10-9
31 Brahma Bull IRE 10 10-8
32 Champagne Classic IRE 10 10-8
33 Ok Corral IRE 11 10-8
34 Articulum IRE 11 10-7
35 Jett IRE 10 10-7
36 Shattered Love IRE 10 10-7
37 Takingrisks IRE 12 10-7
38 The Jam Man IRE 8 10-7
39 Class Conti FR 9 10-6
40 Discorama FR 8 10-6
41 Lord du Mesnil FR 8 10-6
42 Milan Native IRE 8 10-6
43 Potters Corner IRE 11 10-6
44 The Conditional IRE 9 10-6
45 Cabaret Queen GB 9 10-5
46 Cloth Cap IRE 9 10-5
47 Minellacelebration IRE 11 10-5
48 Robin des Foret IRE 11 10-5
49 Vieux Lion Rouge FR 12 10-5
50 Canelo IRE 8 10-4
51 Give Me A Copper IRE 11 10-4
52 Glen Forsa IRE 9 10-4
53 The Long Mile GB 7 10-4
54 Yorkhill IRE 11 10-4
55 Agusta Gold IRE 8 10-3
56 Farclas FR 7 10-3
57 Hogan’s Height IRE 10 10-3
58 Minella Times IRE 8 10-3
59 Sub Lieutenant IRE 12 10-3
60 Ami Desbois FR 11 10-2
61 Blaklion GB 12 10-2
62 Double Shuffle IRE 11 10-2
63 Gold Present IRE 11 10-2
64 Keeper Hill IRE 10 10-2
65 Moyhenna IRE 9 10-2
66 Death Duty IRE 10 10-1
67 Secret Reprieve IRE 7 10-1
68 Some Neck FR 10 10-1
69 Rocky’s Treasure IRE 10 10-0
70 Cap du Nord FR 8 9-13
71 Deise Aba IRE 8 9-13
72 Fagan GB 11 9-13
73 Golan Fortune IRE 9 9-13
74 Jerrysback IRE 9 9-13
75 Kauto Riko FR 10 9-13
76 Saturnas FR 10 9-13
77 Storm Control IRE 8 9-13
78 Valtor FR 12 9-13
79 Another Venture IRE 10 9-11
80 Captain Drake IRE 8 9-11
81 Crievehill IRE 9 9-11
82 Run Wild Fred IRE 7 9-11
83 The Hollow Ginge IRE 8 9-11
84 Fitzhenry IRE 9 9-10
85 Flying Angel IRE 10 9-10
86 Le Breuil FR 9 9-10
87 Prime Venture IRE 10 9-10
88 Achille FR 11 9-9
89 A Toi Phil FR 11 9-9
90 Dounikos FR 10 9-9
91 Hold The Note IRE 7 9-9
92 Plan of Attack IRE 8 9-9
93 Roaring Bull IRE 8 9-9
94 Musical Slave IRE 8 9-8
95 Soupy Soups IRE 10 9-8
96 Treacysenniscorthy IRE 9 9-8
97 Beau Bay FR 10 9-7
98 Hear No Evil IRE 9 9-7
99 Shantou Flyer IRE 11 9-7
100 Monbeg Notorious IRE 10 9-6
101 Aforementioned FR 8 9-5
102 Saint Xavier FR 9 9-5
103 Fingerontheswitch IRE 11 9-3
104 One Style FR 11 9-3
105 Bellow Mome FR 10 9-2

Easysland Given Difficult Task

After trouncing Tiger Roll and the rest of the field in the Glenfarclas Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last year, Easysland announced himself as a Grand National contender of some repute.

Unfortunately for David Cottin, such a lofty reputation has led to his French fancy being declared top weight at 11st 10lb alongside three-time Betfair Chase winner Bristol De Mai and Cheltenham Gold Cup runner up Santini.

Former RSA Chase winner Presenting Percy joins Tiger Roll on 11st 9lb, while Delta Work – also running off a rating of 166 – is poised to miss out on the National anyway after suffering an injury at Elliott’s yard.

Trevor Hemmings needs one more Grand National victory to become the most successful owner in the race’s history, and he will be delighted that his main contender – bookmakers’ ante post favourite Cloth Cap – has been given an agreeable rating of 148, which equates to 10st 5lb in weight. His other hopefuls are Lake View Lad (11st) and Deise Aba (9st 13lb).

Magic of Light, the runner up in 2019, will set off to go one better at 10st 13lb, while Potters Corner – who triumphed in the ‘virtual’ Grand National televised on ITV in 2020 to replace the cancelled race – carries 10st 6lb.