Tiger Roll To Bid For Third Consecutive Grand National Win
Tiger Roll will run only twice this season before bidding to become the first horse in history to win the Grand National for a third consecutive year, his trainer Gordon Elliott has revealed.
Tiger Roll emulated the legendary Red Rum by winning back-to-back editions of the world's greatest steeplechase in April and his trainer has now confirmed for the first time since that legendary day in Liverpool that the Gigginstown-owned nine-year-old is definitely being aimed at the Aintree showpiece on Saturday, April 4, 2020.
However, Tiger Roll will not be seen on a racecourse until the New Year as Elliott fine-tunes preparation for his record-breaking attempt, with a bid to win at a fifth Cheltenham Festival also planned.
Elliott explained: “It is great to see him back, doing a bit of work again. He has had a nice couple of months of summer holidays.
“He went back to Gigginstown obviously. He was probably out there and had about 10-12 weeks out on grass. He hasn't had a saddle on him since Aintree and the National but he has done a few parades and had a few good days out, which is great.
“I have seen him a couple of times during the summer at Gigginstown and he was good and strong, and I have seen him when he was here for a while before he went off to do his flat work and he looked good.
“He will probably do three or four weeks of flat work before he comes back to us in the main yard here.
‘One Run Over Hurdles’
“Obviously he won't be that busy this year. We are going to have to mind him now and pick and choose where we go. He will probably have one run over hurdles, maybe something like the Boyne Hurdle (Navan, February) again.
“He will go back to Cheltenham (March) for the Cross Country race and then we’ll go for the Randox Health Grand National.”
The trainer has also confirmed that Keith Donoghue will ride him in the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham and the Boyne Hurdle, with Davy Russell taking over for the Grand National.
Tiger Roll stands alone as 6/1 market leader in Coral’s ante-post Grand National prices, with his rivals all 20/1 or bigger.
“It is fantastic that Tiger Roll will be aimed at an unprecedented Grand National hat-trick attempt this season, as there is no doubt he is a firm favourite among punters and racing fans, and on National day with the wider public also,” said Coral's David Stevens.
He added: “Such is the unique nature of the National as a one-off betting contest, and the biggest of the year by far, his victory in last season's race was not the Armageddon we feared, he was sent off the 4/1 favourite that day, and fingers-crossed he makes it back to Aintree next April, when he's sure to start a similar price, if not shorter.”
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