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Tiger Roll to miss Irish Grand National

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Tiger Roll will miss the Irish Grand National on Monday 5th April and will instead be aimed at the Betway Bowl at the Grand National meeting at Aintree on 8th April. The eleven-year-old had been one of the favourites in the Fairyhouse feature race on Monday afternoon. 



Tiger Roll still in contention for 2021 Irish Grand National

With connections having decided against aiming two-time Grand National winner Tiger Roll towards the showpiece Aintree race for a third time, the eleven-year-old is set to appear in the Irish equivalent on Monday afternoon or the Betway Bowl on the opening day of the Grand National meeting on Thursday 8th April.

The extremely popular runner proved beyond doubt that he is still a force to be reckoned with following his hugely impressive performance in the Cross Country (Glenfarclas) Chase at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, this being his fifth win at the famous Prestbury Park meeting and his third in the Cross Country.

The Gigginstown stud have a total of 14 possible runners at the 2021 Irish Grand National and Eddie O’Leary reckons Run Wild Fred and Coko Beach are amongst his main contenders. Following the forfeit stage on Wednesday, Paul Nolan inmate Latest Exhibition is one of the confirmations, however the possibility remains that he might instead be aimed towards the Underwriting Exchange Gold Cup at the same venue 24 hours earlier.

Willie Mullins got his first Irish National winner in 2019 with Burrows Saint and he has six contenders at this stage, including recent recruit Agusta Gold.

Other notable contenders include Denise Foster’s Escaria Ten and Peter Fahey’s The Big Dog as well as Joseph O’Brien’s Sempo.

The €400,000 Irish Grand National is supported by a quality card which includes three Grade Two races.