Tiger Roll goes for third National

Gordon Elliott is currently targeting a record third Randox Health Grand National success for Tiger Roll.
Owner Michael O’Leary had uttered another crack in the National was not a given if the handicapper was too harsh, however Elliott has moved to quash that anxiety — with a programme that was mild before April about the cards.
By winning renewals of this Aintree spectacular, having emulated Red Rum, Tiger Roll will be trying to go one better compared to arguably the National Hunt horse of all time.
Elliott said:»It is great to see him , doing a little bit of work . He’s had a nice few months of summer vacations.
«He moved straight back to (O’Leary’s) Gigginstown (House Stud) obviously. He was out there and had approximately 10 to 12 weeks out on grass. He has not been a saddle since the National along with Aintree , but he has done several parades and had a few days outside, which is wonderful.
«I’ve seen him a few times throughout the summer at Gigginstown and he had been good and strong, and I have seen him if he had been here for a while until he went to perform his flat work and he looked good.
«He will most likely do four or three weeks of apartment work before he comes back to us at the primary yard »
Having won both the Boyne Hurdle along with the Cross Country race at the Cheltenham Festival last year, exactly the exact races are being targeted by Elliott .
«Clearly he won’t be that busy this year. We’re likely to have to head him now and select and pick where we all go,» said Elliott.
«He will probably have a single run over conflicts, possibly 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 Randox Health Grand National.
«Keith (Donoghue) will ride in Cheltenham in the Cross Country race and the Boyne Hurdle and then Davy Russell will ride in the National.»
Elliott mastered working in other races or the Gold Cup.
He added:»People tell me I must be entering him Stayers’ Hurdles or Gold Cups, however I was always taught and I am a big believer in opting for the race you believe you can win in the Cheltenham Festival along with the race I think I can win at the Cheltenham Festival is that the Cross Country race, and so that’s where he will go. However, the number one target this season is going to be the English National.»
Elliott is undoubtedly that Tiger Roll is by far the most popular horse he’s had in his care.
He said:»You don’t actually realise how much the horse meant to everyone. You see all of the different people who came to the lawn and all the children.
«You don’t really love it if you’re in the bubble yourself. You don’t realise how much of a thing there is about this horse, you understand? It’s only after when you sit and you see the movies and read the paper clippings, individuals have got to enjoy him.
«You know, he has obtained a wonderful title, Tiger Roll, and he’s got a wonderful heart. He has won four Cheltenham Festivals and to win two Grand Nationals has been incredible.
«Everyone who comes to the yard, there is just one horse they would like to see and that’s Tiger Roll. He is a man’s horse and we are lucky to have him.
«Red Rum was ahead of my time, but you have seen the movies and discovered all about him. He was also to maintain the identical league as him is incredible and an amazing horse.
«I think the build up to the English National this year will be incredible. The hype — he is being talked about by folks . Whether he loses wins or draws, whether he gets back there to have a go in three in a row, then it is going to be great. The hype is going to be brilliant.
«We had been very, very happy with the horse (past year), that he had been in wonderful shape and we got him in terrific order. If we can get him in half as a type next yearhe will have a chance.
«He knows he is good, he enjoys the attention. You simply watch him walking round the parade ring before and after races and he knows he’s Tiger Roll.»

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