Tiger Roll Tops Bill For Elliott at Grand National

Tiger Roll Tops Bill For Elliott at Grand National

Last year's sensational winner of the Randox Health Grand National Tiger Roll, heads an Irish invasion for Gordon Elliott ahead this year's renewal on the 6th of April.

Elliott revealed at the Official Weight Release in Liverpool on Tuesday that he could have more than a third of the field in the contest, after Bristol De Mai was confirmed as the top weight at 11st10 off a mark of 168.

The Irish Trainer is definitely no stranger to dominating big fields in Ireland, and currently has twelve horses that are guaranteed a place at Aintree, with twenty-two in all.

Tiger Roll - who also landed the Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last season, will carry an extra 9lbs thanks to his success twelve months ago in this, and will race with 11st1 on his back and is currently a huge 20/1 to land the spoils.

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Alpha Des Obeaux is the highest rated horse for Elliott - third in all, and will carry 11st4, whilst he also has Gigginstown duo Outlander and Don Poli in the top ten.

Elliott is now in the hunt for a third success in the world's greatest steeplechase, and after Tiger Roll emulated Silver Birch's triumph back in 2007, he believes his stable-star has a mountain to climb to complete a rare double - last accomplished by the great Red Rum in 1974.

(Credit: Racing Post) He said: "He has a lot more weight this year but we’ll see what happens. He’s going to run in the Boyne Hurdle on Sunday and then go to Cheltenham.

"It's going to be a struggle for him. I suppose his Gold Cup this year is going to be the cross country race at Cheltenham and if he's back for the National great.

"Whatever happens happens, he doesn't owe us anything," he said.

Elliott revealed he is far happier with the weight handed to last year's Irish Grand National winner General Principle, and believes the latter cannot be written off.

"He has a nice weight with 10st. He's won an Irish National, he jumps and stays. It's a race I've had in my kind for a while.

"He looks like he could have a good chance," he said.

Other runners of note for the former jockey - now successful trainer; only bettered last year by Willie Mullins in the Jumps Trainer Championship, are Dounikos - who was a winner just a few days ago in a National trial, along with the mare Shattered Love.

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American National hero Jury Duty is in off a rating of 151, alongside potential newcomers Monbeg Notorious, Cheltenham Festival winner Blow By Blow and the 9yo A Toi Phil.

The modern record for runners in the National is the ten sent out in 2001 by Martin Pipe, whose former amateur rider will field as many as he can in a bid to land a third Aintree triumph.

(Credit: Racing Post) Elliott said: "I’ll run as many as I can get in."

"We've won it twice and we want to win it again. If I can get ten or 15 in there I’ll run them.

"We're used to it going racing every day, I've got good staff working for me. It's the biggest steeplechase in the world, it's the race that everyone wants to win. We’ll try to get them all there first but I’ll run as many as I can."

Elegant Escape has shortened as a result of his attractive mark and currently sits as the 14/1 open favourite for Colin Tizzard seeking his first success in the National, whilst Tiger Roll has been backed off the boards already - 15/1 down from 20's and must be of significant interest to many.

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