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Grand National 2021: Best longshots to consider on Saturday afternoon

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Freewheelin Dylan defied his massive odds to win the Irish Grand National at 1501 on Friday afternoon and the Aintree Grand National certainly isn’t a stranger to big-priced winners. On this basis, we reckon that there could be a shock in store on Saturday afternoon and we take a look at some big-priced contenders.


Grand National 2021: Best longshots to consider on Saturday afternoon


Looking at the betting market, it’s clear that Cloth Cap and Burrows Saint will be setting the standard in the 2021 renewal of the famous steeplechase, however in fairness we believe that punters should show slightly more imagination when looking for a potential winner. There are often shock results in this race and we believe that looking at something with a heftier price may produce better rewards.

Class Conti (40/1) is one of several runners that have thus far been overlooked in the market, the Willie Mullins entry somewhat unexposed but catching the eye following a solid effort in the Leinster National and Thyestes Chase earlier in the season. He heads into the Grand National off a mark of 149 and he will relish the good ground expected this weekend.

Anibale Fly (28/1) is another runner worth more than a cursory glance. The reliable veteran finished fourth in 2018 and fifth the following year and with solid course and distance form on his side, the Tony Martin entry may well earn himself a place at the very least in 2021.

Some Neck (33/1) connections will be hoping that two more come out and the likelihood is that he will sneak in at the bottom of the weights. Previously up for grabs at 66/1, he can now be backed at 33/1 and this still looks excellent value with many bookies going six places. The move to cross country has suited him extremely well and following an excellent showing in the Cheltenham Cross Country last month where he finished third ahead of level-weighted Alpha Des Obeaux, we’re surprised to see him priced so high. Some Neck is rated at 144 and he will run off 10st 1lb on Saturday afternoon, therefore we expect him to go well on the decent ground which he relishes.


Freewheelin Dylan won the 2021 Irish Grand National at a huge 150/1