There are less than six weeks to go until the Grand National. We are now at the stage where many horses are being seen on the racecourse, putting together the final touches of their preparation. Last Sunday we saw Tiger Roll make a reappearance in a Grade Two hurdle race at Navan racecourse. And what a performance it was. Winning by four lengths, pundits are suggesting that he is better than ever. Can he continue this good form in his warm up ahead of the big one?
No one expected to see Tiger Roll win the race. And certainly not to do it almost entirely on the bridle. But that is exactly what he did on Sunday. He went off at 25/1 for the race, and was disregarded by many as simply having a prep run ahead of his two main targets. Gordon Elliott confirmed after the race that he was about 80% fit for the run on Sunday. So there is room to improve from that race. A scary proposition for us to think about considering how well he did.
Unlike many of the other Grand National contenders out there, he will not return home and sit in his box until the National. Instead, Tiger Roll will do the same as last season and head to the Cheltenham Festival. He won the Cross Country Chase last season and that is the race he is trying to win again this year. He already has three Cheltenham wins to his name. Following his run last weekend you wouldn’t bet against him making it four next month when he next takes to the track.
Gordon Elliott will be ensuring that the necessary work continues to get him 100% fit for Aintree. If he wins at Cheltenham, then he would head to Aintree looking to land a unique ‘double-double’. Red Rum successfully managed to defend his Grand National title in 1974. But Tiger Roll would be going one better than that. He will be defending his Cheltenham Festival win and then going on to defend his National win at Aintree.
This horse is already a huge favourite with punters and fans of the sport. He has our hearts and another win will cement him as one of the very best and most loved horses in training.
Up next is the Cheltenham Festival and the Cross Country Chase. He is a strong favourite for the race and expected to win it. That would put him in a perfect position for the Grand National. He is likely to go off as favourite and another win there would put in the history books.
Odds for Tiger Roll are relatively short. You can get him at 10/1 (NRNB) with Betfred or 12/1 ante-post with Bet365.