After Tiger Roll's heroic success at Aintree on Saturday, his owner Michael O'Leary had the nerve to propose a hat-trick was not going to be possible, as he expects next year's Cross Country Chase to be his final outing before retirement.
Yes, you do question the horse's welfare having completed two Grand Nationals, and participated in over thirty races under rules. But if the horse is fit and well, surely this would be the best opportunity for any horse to emulate the achievements of Red Rum, and land thus a hat-trick.
Just like most of the population, trainer Gordon Elliott is much more open-minded about a crack at a third National and senses an opportunity for immortality.
Elliott would be the man to change the mindset of O'Leary, who was once adamant Apple's Jade would not run in a Champion Hurdle, only for her to do so - albeit unsuccessfully.
Likewise with this horse, O'Leary confirmed after Tiger Roll's fourth success at the Cheltenham Festival in March that he would not be heading back to Aintree, again only for him to do so and to win again.
The owner of Ryanair could just be operating one or two mind games, but if he is fit and well, surely he must go for glory.