The 2021 Grand National is upon us, with 40 thoroughbreds hoping to add their name to the select list of horses to have won the world’s most famous race.

The race is renowned for both hardened racing fans and the general public to enjoy in equal measure as a long-standing national treasure, and people often base their selections on everything from the colour of the jockey’s silks to their Grandmother’s birthday.

This year, at William Hill, we’ve decided to present an alternative way of making a Grand National selection by creating football-style crests for each horse running in the marque contest at Aintree this year. The crests have been designed with each horse’s name, background and/or personality in mind, and fashioned in a similar way to the badges of football teams.

To pick a Racing FC crest, simply visit Racing FC where they can be selected at random with a click of a button, with information provided on each horse, including the name, age, weight, trainer, form and nationality.

Once the crest and the horse has been selected, the Racing FC badges can be shared on Facebook and Twitter at the click of a button ahead of Saturday’s main event.

What do the odds say?

Well, the favourite is Jonjo O’Neill’s Cloth Cap who is bidding to give his legendary owner Trevor Hemmings a record fourth win in the Grand National. He’s won his last two races in fine style and looks tailormade for the big test that lies ahead on Saturday. As they say, he’s the one they’ve all got to beat.

Ireland enjoyed a stellar Cheltenham and their leading hope in this year’s Grand National appears to be Burrows Saint, who hails from the all-conquering Willie Mullins yard. He won the Irish version of this race in 2019 and, as we know, a runner from the Mullins stable has to be given the greatest amount of respect.

And what of the Cheltenham dream duo of Rachael Blackmore and Henry de Bromhead? The Irish combo, who swept all behind them at Cheltenham, team up with Minella Times in this year’s National. He needs to do a bit better than he’s shown so far this season, but if there’s anyone who can help him do that, it’s Blackmore.

Check out all the latest Grand National betting odds at William Hill