Punters back Takingrisks and Definitly Red in 2021 Grand National

Punters are searching for value in the Grand National market and bookies have seen significant support for several outsiders.

Takingrisks, the winner of the Scottish National of two years ago, has been backed into 14-1 with Paddy Power ahead of the big race at 5.15pm.

Definitly Red is now the mount of Ryan Mania, as his original jockey Henry Brooke failed to pass the doctor after a fall at Sedgefield yesterday.

Mania is no stranger to Grand National success, having partnered Auroras Encore to victory in 2013.

Fans have latched onto Definitly Red, fourth over the National fences in the 2019 Becher Chase.

He is 40-1 (from 66-1) with the same firm.

Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield said: “Takingrisks looked a real English National horse when he scooped the Scottish equivalent in 2019.

"He’s been very popular this morning and you can see why as he was a comfortable enough winner last time at Doncaster despite Sean Quinlan dropping a rein on the run-in.

“Definitly Red is the worst result in our book at the moment and even though he was no match for Cloth Cap on his last start at Kelso, he was fourth at Aintree when last seen over the National fences and the much longer trip than in Scotland should bring out plenty of improvement.”

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Cloth Cap, who looked like he could have been one of the shortest-priced favourites in National history earlier in the week, is weak in the market.

Ladbrokes spokesman Jon Lees said: “Having been a 4-1 chance for so long, Cloth Cap has drifted out to 11-2 over the course of Grand National morning as punters seek better value from their big race picks.

"There have been plenty of movers elsewhere in the field, among the most eye-catching being Takingrisks, a former Scottish National winner whose 12 years in age is putting very few off.”

Cloth Cap is expected to be suited by the going and Sulekha Varma, Aintree's clerk of the course, said watering has kept it good to soft.

“We put down six millimetres of irrigation last night on all courses at Aintree and the going remains the same as yesterday – good to soft, good in places on the Mildmay and Hurdle courses and good to soft on the Grand National course.

“Today’s forecast is for a cool day once again, but it will remain dry with long periods of sunshine.”

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