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All systems go for Tiger Roll ahead of Cheltenham and Aintree festivals

With Tiger Roll coming through one of his final pieces of preparations ahead of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, trainer Gordon Elliott described himself as a “happy man”. The two-time Grand National winner has certainly crammed plenty of work into a relatively short space of time following his operation in November, however he looks to have come through his intense workout with flying colours.

Tiger Roll tanked his way around Leopardstown under the guidance of Lisa O’Neill alongside a group which included Ballymore favourite Envoi Allen.

Elliott said: “I was delighted with Tiger Roll. Lisa rode him and everything went well so it’s all systems go for the cross-country.

“At this stage, they are all just ticking over ahead of Cheltenham but we needed to get a good blow into Tiger and I’m delighted by what he did there. I couldn’t be happier.”

Cheltenham Gold Cup contender Delta Work was also in action at Leopardstown on Monday along with Samcro who has five options open to him at the festival next week.

Elliott continued: “Envoi Allen went well. Fury Road always works well and I was very happy with him.

“Lisa (O’Neill) rode Tiger Roll and I was delighted with him. I just needed to get a good blow into him and we’re happy with him.

“Samcro schooled and Mark Walsh gave Delta Work a pop as well. Coeur Sublime worked well and we were happy with all of them.

“(Champion Bumper contenders) Queens Brook and Darling Daughter also worked.”


Grand National Runners

Tiger Roll remains huge favourite at 5/1 to win the Randox Health Grand National for the third year running and the chances are that he will be one of the Grand National runners this year..