Tiger Roll fifth but still aimed at Cheltenham and Grand National

Tanya Simon
February 18, 2020

Another Gordon Elliott trained and Gigginstown House Stud horse won the race via 16/1 shot Cracking Smart but Elliott was particularly pleased with Tiger Roll's performance.

"It's all systems to Cheltenham now, he'll probably go in the next week or 10 days for a pop around the cross country races, I'm absolutely thrilled".

"We have decided that Tiger Roll will definitely run in the Grand National", Eddie O'Leary told the Racing Post.

Last year, Tiger Roll become the first back-to-back victor since the legendary Red Rum in the 1970s.

The 10-year-old, trained by Gordon Elliott, makes his seasonal debut tomorrow at Navan, following minor knee surgery last year.

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Tiger Roll, who was beaten by 14¼ lengths and whose presence doubled the normal attendance at his local course, is 5-1 favourite with Ladbrokes for the Grand National in which he will carry top weight if 11st 10lb.

Elliott had predicted as much. That's the immediate target of Tiger Roll and if he wins it will be a fifth success at the Festival. In that context he ran very pleasingly, coasting into the argument half a mile from home like a talented horse, even though the distance of this race would be well short of his optimum.

O'Leary said: 'If all goes well this weekend and then all goes well at Cheltenham, it will then be the National, hopefully'.

"I was very, very anxious with the [heavy] ground and I was anxious about his fitness".

Tiger Roll stands on the brink of history with a third Aintree Grand National in his sights but should anything go awry between now and Cheltenham, those hopes could be dramatically dashed.

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