|Anibale Fly||40/1||Ante Post
2021 Grand National
|Le Breuil||40/1||Ante Post
2021 Grand National
Date of Tips: 05/02/2021
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (13:24 05/02/2021) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
With the entries closing earlier this week for the 2021 Randox Grand National, run in just over two months’ time, now is a great time to have a perusal of the market for the big race.
The next few clues for the famous race will be laid out over the course of the next few weeks, as connections look to finalise preparations and fulfil certain qualification criteria that now exists for the Grand National. Then, on Tuesday 16th February, the handicapper will unveil the weights structure, and many an ante-post bet will be struck then.
However, I think now could be the time to back two horses that are surely going to be aimed at the race, and indeed, it seems as if for both, their whole season could revolve around it. So why now you ask? Well, they are both due to run over next few days, and I think could well land on the radar of punters and layers aplenty.
The first has been placed 4th and 5th in the last two renewals of the race in 2018 and 2019, when having placed 3rd and 2nd in that season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup prior. With that record, Anibale Fly, on his day, is as classy a stayer as there is in training – and at 40/1 each-way with William Hill, or 33/1 each-way with a number of other firms who are offering five places, he has to be backed.
Tony Martin has given him an entry at Fairyhouse next Wednesday over fences, which would tick the now relevant box of having run in a race over fences this season. While a quick glance at his handicap mark over fences shows him to be on 152. That may be re-assessed upwards slightly by the handicapper a week on Tuesday, on account of his record over the niche fences, but it still represents a pale insignificance of the inherent ability level that exists within Anibale Fly.
The two seasons in which he finished in the shake-up in the Grand National, the Gold Cup had been the priority. However, for the subsequently cancelled 2020 running of the race, Anibale Fly was clearly being teed up for the Grand National itself.
Plans were obviously put on hold, but it is pleasing to see him not only entered in the 2021 Randox Grand National, but also, on account of his Fairyhouse entry, he is ready to run. Don’t expect any fireworks on Wednesday, as it clearly isn’t the day that matters.
But he will enter the conscious thoughts of many again, and so taking the wild prices each-way now, 40/1 with William Hill most notably, seems a very wise move.
The other one to back now is Le Breuil, Ben Pauling’s impressive staying chaser and winner of the most stamina-sapping renewal of the National Hunt Chase in 2019, copper-bottoming his stamina in the process.
It took Le Breuil the best part of 18 months to get over that race, but this season, three runs and a wind operation have shown himself to be back in great form. He has twice winged round the National course in the Becher Chase, and was a running on third in the Classic Chase at Warwick three weeks ago.
Le Breuil is due to run tomorrow in the Edinburgh National over 4m, and his trainer will be hoping desperately for a very bold showing, as his current handicap mark of 140 would give connections a nervous wait to see if he got in at the bottom of the weights for the Grand National. A win at Musselburgh would surely guarantee him a go at Aintree, as the bottom weights of the last 10 runnings of the Grand National have been rated: 142, 142, 143, 145, 139, 138, 131, 137, 138, 139.
Even if Le Breuil didn’t elevate his mark with a big run tomorrow, he will still surely be aimed at the National, and being balloted out would guarantee a refund on ante-post bets, so there is no panic about doing your money this far out.