Gordon Elliott says Tiger Roll can equal Red Rum’s Grand National record of three victories this year despite being seven pounds heavier than when he last claimed Aintree glory in 2019
- Tiger Roll is tipped to clinch a memorable Grand National hat-trick this year
- Trainer Gordon Elliot believes that the 11-year-old still has what it takes to win
- The gelding was allocated a 166 rating, which may frustrate Michael O’Leary
- O’Leary, Tiger Roll’s owner, said the horse may not compete with that rating
Gordon Elliott believes Tiger Roll can clinch a record-equalling third Grand National this year – despite being seven pounds heavier than his triumph in 2019.
Michael O’Leary’s jumping star will be able to make history by becoming just the second horse to claim three National wins, matching the legendary Red Rum.
But owner O’Leary has insisted the 11-year-old will only run if he is happy with his weight – and if Tiger Roll is to seal a memorable hat-trick, he will do at 11st 9lbs.
Gordon Elliott believes Tiger Roll can clinch a record-equalling third Grand National this year
The weights have been revealed for the showpiece, which will take place on April 10, and Elliott claims the Gigginstown House Stud horse is in fine shape to compete.
‘He has got 166 (rating) and he won off 159 two years ago when the race was last run,’ he said. ‘He seems in good form at home and we are looking forward to the race.
‘You are always hoping you are going to be a couple of pounds less than what you have been given, but to be honest we will just smile and take it.
Elliott (left) hopes owner Michael O’Leary (right) will allow his jumping star to feature in April
‘He made a mistake the last day at Cheltenham and he was lame after the race but thankfully he is okay now.
‘We will just keep our heads up and hopefully he will be okay for the rest of the season.’
Tiger Roll enters the National narrowly below the top weight at the famous steeplechase, however, and also pulled up on his last outing in a cross-country handicap at Cheltenham in November.
His weight is likely to frustrate Ryanair owner O’Leary, who claimed Tiger Roll would not line up with a mark ‘in the 160s’.
Tiger Roll won the National in 2018 and 2019 but was denied the chance of a third win last year
The gelding was denied the chance of an unprecedented third straight National success last year due to the coronavirus pandemic – and Elliott, despite the decision ultimately resting with O’Leary, hopes he will compete this time around.
He added: ‘I have to concentrate on training the horse and I just hope his owner lets the horse run in the race for the public.
‘Everyone will be looking forward to seeing the horse run again in the Grand National but Michael will make that decision.
‘If you look at him he is not the biggest horse in the world but he really seems to enjoy those fences.’