Two-time Grand National winner Tiger Roll will be aiming for another Cheltenham Festival triumph before attempting to write himself into the history books by winning the Grand National for a third consecutive time.
Who is Tiger Roll?
Tiger Roll has won four times at the Cheltenham Festival with his most recent victory coming in the Cross Country, this being the second time in which he has triumphed in this race. He will once again be bidding for success in the Cross Country at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.
Prior to his two wins in the Grand National, Tiger Roll had never before raced at Aintree.
The ten-year-old is owned by Michael O’Leary, boss of leading budget airline Ryanair.
Who trains Tiger Roll?
County Meath-based National Hunt trainer Gordon Elliott trains Tiger Roll and he has won the Grand National three times, twice with Tiger Roll and once with Silver Birch which triumphed as a 33/1 outsider in 2007.
Who rode Tiger Roll in the 2019 Grand National?
Davy Russell was the oldest jockey in the 2019 Grand National at 39 years old, however experience can count for everything and so it proved as he gave a masterful ride on favourite Tiger Roll and produced at the perfect moment. This was the second Grand National win for Davy Russell with his previous victory coming twelve months earlier.
Tiger Roll’s background
Tiger Roll was foaled on March 14th, 2010 from 2007 Derby winner Authorised and Swiss Roll and at 15.2 hands he is relatively small for a racehorse. He was bred by Gerry O’Brien in Ireland and purchased for 70,000 guineas by Godolphin as a foal. He never raced for this owner however and was sold just three years later to trainer Nigel Hawke for a sum of £10,000. His first victory came in 2013 when he won a juvenile hurdle at Market Rasen and he was resold for £80,000 to Michael O’Leary in January 2014. He remains with this same owner at the time of writing.