Grand National 2020: Tiger Roll gets go-ahead for Aintree.
Tiger Roll is an Irish-bred Thoroughbred racehorse who competes in National Hunt racing and won the Grand National in 2018 and 2019.He has also won four times at the Cheltenham Festival: the Triumph Hurdle in 2014, the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup in 2017 and the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase in 2018 and 2019. Although bred for the flat, his first race was as a three-year-old gelding.
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Tiger Roll was the first back-to-back Grand National winner since Red Rum in the 1970s. Tiger Roll is not certain to be aimed at a record third successive Grand National win after being given top.
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The famous Tiger Roll last rode at Aintree in the Grand National and is a clear favourite to claim the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham in 2020. Won the race in 2019 and 2018 and will be looking to add to that to cement his legacy as one of racing’s best ever.
The rating of being assigned top weight would put Tiger Roll at Gold Cup winning standard, “a ridiculous” move given that his favoured disciplines are cross country and the National itself. Eddie O’Leary, Michael’s brother and racing manager for the Gigginstown Stud, clarified that the last time Tiger Roll competed in a standard chase was back in 2017, where he “pulled off up to 150.
Tiger Roll will take all the beating as he bids for the hat-trick, the way he won last year will live long in the memory and few would want to deny the sporting hero another glorious day in the sun. However, Easysland has laid down a big challenge and the French raider looks every bit the part. It is hard to see Tiger Roll having such an easy time of it this year round with a less than ideal.