Trainer Gordon Elliott has confirmed Tiger Roll will be targeted at a third Randox Health Grand National in 2020. Tiger Roll became the first horse to win back-to-back Grand Nationals since Red Rum in April, but connections had claimed a third bid was unlikely.
However, Elliott has now spoken to the owners and his team, and he is confident the nine-year-old will be heading to Aintree on April 4 for the £1million race. He told the Racing Post: “It’s great to see him back, doing a bit of work again.
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He has had a nice couple of months of summer holidays. He will probably do three or four weeks of Flat work before he comes back to us in the main yard here. “Obviously he won’t be that busy this year. We are going to have to mind him now and pick and choose where we go.
He will probably have one run over hurdles, maybe something like the Boyne Hurdle [Navan, February] again. He will go back to Cheltenham [March] for the cross-country race, and then we’ll go for the Grand National.
“I think the build-up to the English National this season is going to be unbelievable. The hype – people are talking about him already. Whether he wins, loses or draws if he gets back there to have a go at three in a row it’s going to be great. The hype is going to be brilliant.”
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