Grand National Trial Betting Odds Comparison - Haydock Park

20/02/2021 14:40:00

The 2021 Grand National picture is starting to become deal clearer, with a number of prep races taking place over the coming weeks and that includes this Grand National Trial which will be run at Haydock Racecourse on Saturday 20 February.

This is a tough test for the runners that line up at Haydock, especially as the encounter will be run on testing ground, with a distance of three miles, four-and-a-half furlongs set to be a strong examination of stamina and there is plenty of betting value to be had.

2021 Grand National Trial Handicap Chase Betting

At the time of writing, the race favourite is available at the 6/1 mark which illustrates that this is a wide open encounter and there will be several runners at double figure odds who are likely to run into a place.

Secret Reprieve Bidding to Make it Three in a Row

One horse who could go close is Secret Reprieve, with the seven-year-old having scored a winner in early December when scoring at Chepstow, while the Evan Williams-trained runner then returned to the Welsh racecourse and triumphed over a longer distance of three miles, six-and-a-half furlongs, meaning that stamina shouldn’t be an issue this time around.

The latter victory took place in the Welsh Grand National, with the horse sent off as the 5/2 favourite and there seems little reason to desert the runner considering there were complications during that most recent victory which could mean further progress could be on the cards.

Could Notachance Have a Strong Chance of Winning National Trial?

Despite the horse’s name, we think Notachance could have a decent chance of scoring a win at Haydock in late February, with Alan King having saddled the horse to two victories already this season and there are plenty of signs that we will see a decent run from the seven-year-old who has a favourable weight handicap of 10-2.

The horse scored his first victory of the season over three miles at Bangor-On-Dee racecourse and that was achieved on soft ground before the runner triumphed with a victory at Warwick on 16 January when winning over three miles and five furlongs so there is plenty of class.

Who Are the Other Grand National Trial Contenders?

Bristol De Mai is the headline act who will be turning out in this race and we’re intrigued to see how the Nigel Twiston-Davies horse fares considering that he will be carrying a lot of weight compared to the vast majority of his opponents. The ten-year-old is trading at around the 10/1 mark and won the Betfair Chase on heavy ground on 21 November 2020, with the horse having been rested since then.

Sojourn has the advantage of already running at Haydock this season and finished second in the Betfair Tommy Whittle Chase, while The Two Amigos seems to be getting closer to Secret Reprieve after two second-placed finishes behind the same horse this season and maybe it will be third time lucky.