Tiger Roll goes for third National

Gordon Elliott is currently also targeting a third successive Randox Health Grand National success for Tiger Roll.
Owner Michael O’Leary had uttered another crack in the National wasn’t a given if the handicapper was too harsh, but Elliott has moved to quash this fear — before April on the cards with a programme that was mild.
Having emulated Red Rum by winning renewals of the Aintree spectacular, Tiger Roll will be attempting to go one better compared to arguably the National Hunt horse of time.
Elliott stated:»It is very good to see him , doing a bit of work again. He has had a nice couple of months of summer holidays.
«He moved straight back to (O’Leary’s) Gigginstown (House Stud) clearly. He had approximately 10 to 12 months outside on grass and was probably out there. He has not had a saddle on him because Aintree along with the National, but he has done several parades and had.
«I’ve seen him a few times throughout the summertime at Gigginstown and he was good and strong, and I have seen him when he was here for a little while until he went off to perform his flat job and he looked great.
«He will likely do three or four weeks of apartment work until he comes back to us in the primary yard »
Having won both the Boyne Hurdle along with the Cross Country race at the Cheltenham Festival last season, the races are being targeted by Elliott .
«Obviously he won’t be busy this past year. We’re going to need to mind him today and select and pick where we go,» said Elliott.
«He will probably have a single run over conflicts, possibly something similar to the Boyne Hurdle (Navan, February) again. He’ll go back into Cheltenham (March) for the Cross Country race then we’ll go to the Randox Health Grand National.
«Keith (Donoghue) will ride in Cheltenham in the Cross Country race along with the Boyne Hurdle and then Davy Russell will ride him in the National.»
Elliott mastered working in other races or even the Gold Cup.
He added:»People tell me that I should be entering him in Stayers’ Hurdles or Gold Cups, but I was always taught and I am a big believer in opting to the race that you feel you can win at the Cheltenham Festival along with the race that I believe I can win in the Cheltenham Festival is the Cross Country race, so that is where he will go. However, the number one goal this season will be the English National.»
Elliott is undoubtedly the Tiger Roll is.
He explained:»You don’t actually realise how much the horse intended to everyone. You see all of the various folks that reached the lawn and the kids.
«You don’t really love it when you’re in the bubble . You do not realise how much of something there’s about this particular horse, you know? It is only afterwards when you sit and you see the movies and read all of the paper clippings, people have got to enjoy him.
«You know, he’s got a terrific name, Tiger Roll, and he has got a fantastic heart. He has obviously won at four Cheltenham Festivals and also to acquire two Grand Nationals has been incredible.
«Everyone who comes into the yard, there is just 1 horse they would like to view and that is Tiger Roll. He is a people’s horse and we are lucky to own him.
«Red Rum has been ahead of my period, but you have seen the videos and learned all about him. He was an remarkable horse and to be in exactly the same league as he’s incredible.
«I feel the build up to this English National this year will be unbelievable. The hype — folks are currently speaking about him . Whether he loses, wins or draws, if he receives back there to get a go to three in a row, then it is going to be fantastic. The hype will be brilliant.
«We had been very, very satisfied with the horse (last year), he was in fantastic form and we got him there in good purchase. If we can get him next year, there in half as a kind , then he will have a gigantic chance.
«He knows he’s good, he enjoys the attention. You simply watch him walking round the parade ring before and after races and he understands he is Tiger Roll.»

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