Grand National 2021 tips: best bets, predictions and five horses to watch for the Aintree race

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SECRET REPRIEVE (reserve) – 16/1

Cruise home in the Welsh National this season. Gets a light weight, but his regular jockey Adam Wedge faces a race against the clock to get fit after breaking a vertebra in his back.

MAGIC OF LIGHT – 16/1

Bid to become the first mare to win since Nickel Coin in 1951, 70 years ago. A Tiger Roll runner-up two years ago, she could have scared him more if she hadn’t made a mistake in the end.

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CORNER POTTERS – 20/1

Last season’s Welsh National winner and last year’s Virtual Grand National ‘winner’, but the Welsh-trained gelding is not in such good shape this season after making its last start.

Other tips and forecasts

Charlie Brooks, Telegraph Racing columnist: Kimberlite Candy – has been trained for this race for the past two seasons having shown great aptitude for Aintree fencing and the need for an endurance test.

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Alice Plunkett, ITV presenter: Cloth cap – very impressive to win the Ladbrokes Trophy in Newbury, he weighs 14 pounds, they covered him well over the winter for that.

Bob Champion, 1981 winner: Cloth cap – he’s well handicapped, he jumps for fun and Tom Scudamore is coming out of his skin right now.

John Higgins, quadruple world snooker champion: Lake View Lad – I still remember my mom and dad going to the Grand National years ago and supporting a horse with a Scottish theme and he won. If there is a horse with a Highland or Scottish theme, I choose it.

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Charlie Austin, QPR footballer: Magic Of Light – the horse came second behind Tiger Roll in 2019 and I think he will be doing better this year.

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