Tiger Roll Withdrawn From The Grand National Due To "unfair weight"

Tiger Roll

The dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll has been stopped by his owners, Gigginstown House Stud, from trying to create history by trying to go for his third straight win in the race as they have withdrawn him from the entires.

The O'Leary brothers, last month before the weights were released or the big race stated that if he was to get a rating in the 160s then they would not run him.

True to their word he has been withdrawn from the great race with a mark of 166, with the leading national hunt owners stating the reason is because of his "unfair weight".

The five time Cheltenham festival winner made his seasonal debut at Navan on the flat over 1 mile 6 furlongs this season and although only beating a few home, Elliott was happy with his blow out and believed it was just what he needed ahead of the season.

The yard explained that last year did not go to plan with Tiger Roll picking up an injury which impacted how his season played out, only being able to finish a long way second to Easysland in the Cross Country Chase at Prestbury Park.

However, this season the plan was to head back to Cheltenham ahead of the National in April and let the horse try and land a third consecutive renewal of the race.

Unfortunately for the racing world that will now not be the case and although he is set to feature at Cheltenham, he will not be seen at Aintree this season and probably ever again.

(Credit Racing Post) The statement read: “We made clear that if Tiger Roll was rated in the 150s which is what his form and age now warrants, he would be allowed to run in this year’s National and go for a historic three in a row.

"However, the handicapper has decided to rate him on his reputation rather than his form – which we fully accept is his prerogative – but we have a duty of care to Tiger, and so we will not ask him to carry an unfair weight burden especially as he gets older and his form declines.

“We therefore regret to announce that Tiger Roll will be removed from the Grand National entries at Tuesday’s forfeit stage. We hope he will run next as planned in the cross-country race at Cheltenham, where we hope he will enjoy himself and run well.

“After that, we will consider his future wellbeing, which may involve retirement if his handicap mark is not adjusted to more fairly reflect his age and form over the past two seasons.”

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