The people's champion Tiger Roll is ready for his prep run over hurdles at Navan this month after getting back to full training with his eyes totally focused on the Cheltenham festival and then a third bid for the Grand National.
The two time Grand National winner will head to Cheltenham in March bidding for his fifth festival winner and truly cement himself into the history of the sport of being one of the greatest horses of a generation.
After suffering a setback at the start of the season it was touch and go for a short time whether he would be able to head to the festival at Prestbury Park or even head to Aintree for his record breaking run in the Grand National.
However, after an operation which saw him have surgery to remove a chip in a joint in November he is back in full training and ready to get his season up in running the Grade Two Boyne Hurdle which he won last season on his road to the Cheltenham festival.
Elliott told Sky Sports Racing: “He did his first bit of work on Saturday after his setback and he worked well. He’ll work again during the week.
“My plan is to run on Sunday week in the Boyne Hurdle – he won’t be as fit as he was last year and will come on a lot for the run, but it will be a lovely stepping stone to the cross-country (at Cheltenham).
“He missed a month, so he’s by no means as fit as he was when he won it last year. Hopefully it will put him spot on for Cheltenham.”
Tiger Roll is currently odds on at 4/5 to take another Cross Country Chase on the Wednesday of the festival and if putting in a good performance on February 16th at Naas could go even shorter.