Trainer Gordon Elliott insists Michael O’Leary will have the final say on whether Tiger Roll will take part in the Grand National… but admits it will be ‘disappointing for everyone’ if he is denied chance to emulate Red Rum
- Gordon Elliott says Michael O’Leary will have the final say on Tiger Roll
- The gelding’s owner has threatened not to run the horse in the Grand National
- Tiger Roll is chasing a third victory which would emulate the famous Red Rum
- Elliott admitted it would be ‘disappointing for everyone’ if the horse misses out
Trainer Gordon Elliott says it will be ‘disappointing for everyone’ if dual winner Tiger Roll is not allowed to run in the Randox Grand National at Aintree on April 10 after being handed a weight of 11st 9lb.
The gelding’s owner, Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, had threatened not to run the 11-year-old in his bid to emulate three-time winner Red Rum if he believed Tiger Roll was handed too much weight.
Elliott said 11st 9lb was in line with what he expected. It means Tiger Roll will race off a 7lb higher rating than when easily beating Magic Of Light by two and three-quarter lengths in 2019 but off a 4lb lower rating than the weight he was handed last year before the race was cancelled due to Covid-19.
Gordan Elliott (left) insists Michael O’Leary (right) will have the final say on whether Tiger Roll runs in April’s Grand National
Tiger Roll is chasing a third Grand National win which would emulate the success of Red Rum
Elliott revealed Tiger Roll has returned home lame when he disappointingly pulled up at Cheltenham in November. He is due to run in either the Red Mills Hurdle at Gowran Park on Saturday or Sunday’s Boyne Hurdle at Navan.
Elliott said: ‘I only train him and Michael will obviously have to decide what he wants to do but it would be disappointing for everyone if the horse doesn’t turn up to try to win it a third time. From the bottom of my heart it is hard to see him having much less (weight) with him being a such specialist.
‘He knocked a stifle on his last run. It is like having a dead-leg. He was beaten after one fence. He had obviously given himself a knock at the start or early in the race. Thankfully he is back in good form.’
Elliott admitted it would be ‘disappointing for everyone’ if the horse is not allowed to run
Top weight of 11st 10lb is shared by Santini, Easysland and three-time Betfair Chase winner Bristol De Mai, an intended runner.
Tiger Roll is the 16-1 second favourite with Jonjo O’Neill’s Ladbrokes Trophy Chase winner Cloth Cap (10st 5lb) heading the betting at 14-1.
Other eye-catchers are Evan Williams-trained Welsh National winner Secret Reprieve (10st 1lb) and David Bridgwater’s The Conditional (10st 6lb).