Aintree’s Weighing Room will host the Randox Grand National weights tomorrow.
The Grand National is set to return to Aintree in April after last year’s absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Return of The National
While there is still uncertainty over supporters being in attendance, the event is still on course to run after last years virtual race; won by Potters Corner, trained by Christian Williams.
Last year was the first time since the Second World War that the National was not ran, but with the easing of national lockdowns set to be announced in the coming weeks, the jockey club have put on the weigh in tomorrow at Aintree.
Racing TV will be broadcasting a live televised recording of the event; the weights will also be streamed through The Jockey Club’s and ITV Racing’s social media channels.
— BHA Press Office (@BHAPressOffice) February 15, 2021
Tiger Roll to compete?
106 horses were shortlisted at the start of the month; with two time winner Tiger Roll set to compete.
He has the chance to equal Red Rum’s record of three national wins.
However, owner Michael O’Leary revealed he may skip this years race if he comes in overweight.
O’Leary told Luck On Sunday that Gordon Elliott’s star may be rerouted to the Irish Grand National , which takes place on April 5th at The Fairyhouse
“The options are we are possibly looking at retirement or we may look at an entry in the Irish Grand National, where I think he’d be more fairly weighted where his rating should be,” he said.
“The handicapper has unfairly weighted Tiger Roll for the last two years in the UK. He’s rated around 170 there and last won the Grand National off 159, and he’s run four times since and not finished in the frame.”
Other contenders include Welsh Grand National winner Secret Reprieve, three-time Betfair Chase winner Bristol De Mai and Ladbrokes Trophy winner Cloth Cap.
Only time will tell if fans will be in attendance and whether Tiger Rolls weight will determine his attendance at this years National.