Tiger Roll goes for third National

Gordon Elliott is also targeting a third successive Randox Health Grand National success for Tiger Roll.
Owner Michael O’Leary had uttered another crack in the National was not a if the handicapper was unpleasant given, but Elliott has moved to quash that fear — using a programme that was mild before April on the cards.
Having emulated Red Rum by winning back-to-back renewals of this Aintree spectacular, Tiger Roll would be trying to go one better than arguably the National Hunt horse of all time.
Elliott said:»It is great to see him , doing a little bit of work . He has had a few weeks of summer vacations.
«He moved straight back to (O’Leary’s) Gigginstown (House Stud) obviously. He had approximately 10 to 12 months outside on grass and was out there. He’s done several parades and had, although he hasn’t had a saddle since the National along with Aintree.
«I have seen him a few times throughout the summertime at Gigginstown and he was great and powerful, and I have seen him if he was here for a little while before he went off to do his flat work and he looked great.
«He will probably do three or four weeks of flat work until he comes back to us at the main yard »
Having won the Boyne Hurdle and the Cross Country race at the Cheltenham Festival last season, exactly the exact races are being targeted by Elliott .
«Clearly he won’t be that busy this season. We’re going to need to mind him today and select and pick where we all go,» explained Elliott.
«He will probably have one run over hurdles, maybe 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 him in Cheltenham at the Cross Country race along with the Boyne Hurdle and Davy Russell will ride in the National.»
Elliott mastered working in the Gold Cup or even other races.
He added:»People tell me I must be entering him Stayers’ Hurdles or Gold Cups, but that I was always taught and I am a big believer in opting to the race you believe you can win at the Cheltenham Festival along with the race I think I could win in the Cheltenham Festival is the Cross Country race, and so that’s where he will go. However, the number one target this year will be the English National.»
Elliott is the Tiger Roll is.
He explained:»You don’t really realise how much the horse meant to everyone. You see of the children.
«You don’t really appreciate it when you are in the bubble yourself. You do not realise how much of something there is about this horse, you understand? It’s just after when you sit and you see the videos and read all the paper clippings, folks have got to like him.
«You know, he’s obtained a great name, Tiger Roll, plus he’s got a great heart. He has won at four Cheltenham Festivals and to acquire two Grand Nationals was unbelievable.
«Everybody who comes into the lawn, there is only one horse they would like to view and that is Tiger Roll. He’s a man’s horse now and we are lucky to own him.
«Red Rum has been ahead of my period, but you have seen the movies and heard about him. He was an awesome horse and also to maintain precisely exactly the same league as he’s unbelievable.
«I feel the build until this English National this season is going to be unbelievable. The hype — he is being talked about by folks . Whether he loses, wins or draws, whether he has back there to have a go in three in a row, it is going to be fantastic. The hype is going to be brilliant.
«We were very, very satisfied with the horse (past year), that he was in terrific form and we got him there in amazing order. If we could get him next calendar year there in half as a form he will have a chance.
«He knows he is good, he loves the attention. You simply watch him walking across the parade ring before and after races and he understands he is Tiger Roll.»

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