Tiger Roll is set for a return to the world’s most famous steeplechase, the Grand National, next month where he is bidding for a second success in the marathon contest at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England.
The last horse to defend their crown in the race was the famous Red Rum in 1974 in what proved to be the second of his three victories. Since then, many have tried and been unable to carry the extra weight in the 40-runner field.
Gordon Elliott’s runner had a fantastic campaign last season as he was also victorious in the Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, just weeks before his Grand National win. The Irish horse could be set to repeat that feat as he landed the Cross Country Chase again earlier this month.
🏇🇬🇧 2018 English Grand National - TIGER ROLL
🏇🇮🇪 2018 Irish Grand National - GENERAL PRINCIPLE
🏇🇺🇸 2018 American Grand National - JURY DUTY
— Timeform Live (@TimeformLive) October 21, 2018
Tiger Roll is as short as 7/2 in the horse racing betting for the 2019 Grand National. He will have two more pounds on his back this time as the handicapper assigned the weights for the race back in February. Davy Russell will be back on board at Aintree as he looks to carry the colours of Ireland back into the winner’s enclosure at the Merseyside racecourse once again.
Cheltenham Specialist Singlefarmpayment Set For Aintree Test
Singlefarmpayment has an excellent record around Cheltenham since beginning his chase career back in 2016. The nine-year-old has finished second or better at the course five times over fences, including on his most recent outing when Cogry got the better of him by a head.
Tom George's runner appeared in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival but was unable to be competitive at the finish of the contest as he came home in 13th place. Connections will be hoping a step up in trip will suit their horse at Aintree.
The bookmakers make him a 50/1 shot in the Grand National betting, but his odds are likely to shorten too once he is guaranteed a place in the 40-runner field.
Grade One Winner Bristol De Mai Handed Top Weight
Bristol De Mai will have to carry a top weight of 11 stone and 10 pounds in the Grand National this year if connections opt to give their runner a shot at Aintree. The handicapper unsurprisingly felt he was the best horse entered in the contest with an official rating of 168.
BREAKING: Bristol De Mai tops the weights for the 2019 Randox Health Grand National off 11st 10lbs pic.twitter.com/s6h29izW2M
— Great British Racing (@GBRacing) February 12, 2019
The highlight of the season so far for Bristol De Mai was his victory in the opening leg of the Chase Triple Crown at Haydock back in November. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ runner defended his title in the 3m contest to prove his class once again in what was a quality field.
If Bristol De Mai does line up in the Grand National this year, it will be another sign that the race is now starting to attract the world’s leading rated steeplechasers.
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