Cloth Cap a warm favourite for Grand National 2021 at Aintree

| March 31, 2021

According to jockey Tom Scudamore, Cloth Cap is a worthy favourite for the Grand National to be held at Aintree next month. Jonjo O’Neill trains the remarkable Newbury and Kelso winner. Cloth Cap’s odds of winning the Grand National are as low as 4-1. If you are planning to wager on the tournament, ensure you research odds and tips for the grand national in April 2021 before settling on the favourites. If Cloth Cap wins the race to be held on 10th April, it will be a record fourth triumph in the contest for owner Trevor Hemmings

After the latest National entry stage, 77 horses remain in the race. The notable absentees are French pair Ajas and Easyland. The maximum number of runners that can line up on that day is 40. The lowest-rated horses were balloted out of the race. 

Cloth Cap was assigned 10st 5lb during last month’s handicap announcements. However, he won at Kelso, and his national rating is 14lb lower than his current official mark. Scudamore opined that Cloth Cap is an outstanding ride that is growing from strength to strength and is a worthy favourite for the race. He also said that even though it was up to the bookmakers to determine what a fair price is, he is hoping that come that Saturday evening, Cloth Cap will look like he was a huge price. 

Hemmings, who owns Preston North End FC, has previously won the National with Hedgehunter in 2005, Ballabriggs in 2011, and Many Clouds in 2015. 

Grand National estimated odds:

  • 4-1 Cloth Cap
  • 10-1 Any Second Now
  • 14-1 Burrows Saint, Secret Reprieve, Kimberlite Candy
  • 16-1 Minella Times
  • 20-1 Magic of Light
  • 25-1 Bar

Tiger Roll, the 4-1 favourite, became the shortest-priced winner in 100 years after claiming a second success two years ago. However, the two-time winner will not be taking part in the National. Cloth Cap has the same odds for the National that was called off last year. This time he will be running without spectators because of the looming health pandemic. Nevertheless, he is believed to be in good form, and the entire team is very keyed up. 

Cheltenham Was A Wake-Up Call

Scudamore suggested that the home team needed to pull up their socks. This is after Irish-trained runners triumphed in 23 races at last week’s Cheltenham Festival. The Great Britain team only managed five wins. 

He claimed that the British team had their backsides whipped last week, and it was up to them to go out and make amends. He also said that the performance was a lesson to the entire team that they have a lot of catching up to do. Aintree will be their chance, and they have to up their game to come out with something. 

It is believed that the Irish dominance can be attributed to superior prize money, better race programming and owner investment. The difference was so clear that Irish handicapper Andrew Shaw claimed that the visiting horses would be like Premier League teams coming up against Championship sides. 

Winning the unmatched prize pot and the opportunity to go down in sports legends would be a blessing to Cloth Cap both financially and career wise. For Scudamore, it will be the ultimate peak of his career.      

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