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  • Tiger Roll given top weight for 2020 Randox Health Grand National

    Gordon Elliott-trained Tiger Roll has been given 11st 10lb alongside Gigginstown stablemate Delta Work in the 2020 Randox Health Grand National.

    The ten-year-old hasn’t been run since the 2019 Grand National and owner Michael O’Leary has hinted that he might not make an appearance at the 2020 renewal if he believes that the BHA handicapper is considered to have treated the horse unfairly. Many believe that the O’Leary’s won’t be turning down the opportunity to make history however and all eyes will be on his performance at the Boyne Hurdle at Navan on Sunday.

    Next horse in the weights is Bristol De Mai with 11st 8lb, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies. Other leading contenders include JP McManus’s Kimberlite Candy (10st 4lb) – winner of Warwick’s Classic Chase – and Willie Mullins-trained Burrows Saint (10st 10lb) – winner of the Irish National.

    Official handicapper Martin Greenwood said: “I have made Tiger Roll and Delta Work joint top-weights for the Randox Health Grand National.

    “This decision was made essentially on two factors – historical compression which was brought in by (Liverpool-born) Phil Smith and has been used for the last 10 years or so. On the other hand, I have to give Tiger Roll this mark based on his efforts over the national fences at Aintree where he is of course unbeaten.

    “Tiger Roll was rated 172 at the end of last year and obviously there is no recent evidence to go on because of his fitness issues, so his handicap mark has been unquantifiable since. He is therefore coming down 2lb and carries the same weight as Suny Bay did when he was second in the 1998 Grand National. No other horse has carried that rating since. Many Clouds won off 11st 9lb, but he did not have as high a rating.

    “It must be remembered that Tiger Roll ran in the race off a rating of 159 but was actually rated 167 at the time due to his win in the Cross Country at Cheltenham.

    “Tiger Roll has also not yet qualified for this year’s Grand National. Whilst he may run in the Boyne Hurdle at Navan (Sunday, 14 February), he still has to run in a chase to qualify. There are about 15 horses overall who currently do not qualify because they have either not run over fences this season or not yet finished in the first four in a race over 23 and a half furlongs in their career. A high-profile example would be Cadmium, a Topham Chase winner.

    “Delta Work is a potential Cheltenham Gold Cup contender and, in order to keep as many of the horses in the handicap, he is also off 170. Other horses towards the top include Bristol de Mai and Native River. Bristol de Mai was rated 173 when entered last year and that figure has been downgraded since to 168. I have dropped Native River 2lb to 166 as Bristol De Mai has finished in front of him the last couple of times they have met, and I thought he was workmanlike when winning at Newbury on Saturday.

    “This year, 73% of the horses entered are in the handicap. Similarly, from a starting rating of 140, there are more horses than ever in the modern era entered for the race – 92 in total.

    “The race is full of top-class individuals and boasts the winners of races such as the Grand National, Irish National, Welsh National, Rowland Meyrick Chase, Cheltenham Gold Cup and much more. It is as good a staying handicap as would be run anywhere.

    “You could argue that it is the highest quality Grand National in modern history.”

     

    2020 Randox Health Grand National Weights

     

    The list is in order: horse, age, weight, owner, trainer

    Delta Work (FR) 7 11-10 170 Gigginstown House Stud, Gordon Elliot IRE

    Tiger Roll (IRE) 10 11-10 170 Gigginstown House Stud, Gordon Elliot IRE

    Bristol de Mai (FR) 10 11-10 170 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede, Nigel Twiston-Davies

    Native River (IRE) 10 11-06 166 Brocade Racing, Colin Tizzard

    Anibale Fly (FR) 10 11-02 162 JP McManus, Tony Martin IRE

    Aso (FR) 10 11-02 162 The Bellamy Partnership, Venetia Williams

    Cadmium (FR) 8 11-02 162 In Our Element Syndicate, Willie Mullins IRE

    Elegant Escape (IRE) 8 11-02 162 JP Romans, Colin Tizzard

    Top Ville Ben (IRE) 11-02 162 Harbour Rose Partnership, Philip Kirby

    Beware The Bear (IRE) 10 11-00 160 GB Barlow, Nicky Henderson

    Chris’s Dream (IRE) 8 11-00 160 Robcour, Henry de Bromhead IRE

    Alpha des Obeaux (FR) 10-13 159 Gigginstown House Stud, Gordon Elliot IRE

    Jett (IRE) 9 10-13 159 GM McGrath, Jessica Harrington IRE

    Peregrine Run (IRE) 10 10-13 159 V Byrne, Peter Fahey IRE

    Total Recall (IRE) 11 10-13 159 Slaneyville Syndicate, Willie Mullins IRE

    Magic of Light (IRE) 9 10-12 158 Ann & Alan Potts Limited, Jessica Harrington IRE

    The Storyteller (IRE) 9 10-12 158 Mrs Pat Sloan, Gordon Elliott IRE

    Voix du Reve (FR) 8 10-12 158 Andrea & Graham Wylie, Willie Mullins IRE

    Ballyoptic (IRE) 10 10-11 157 Mills & Mason Partnership, Nigel Twiston-Davies

    Talkischeap (IRE) 8 10-11 157 Charles Dingwall, Alan King

    Yala Enki (FR) 10 10-11 157 Hills of Ledbury Ltd, Paul Nicholls

    Burrows Saint (FR) 7 10-10 156 Susannah Ricci, Willie Mullins IRE

    Definitly Red (IRE) 11 10-10 156 Phil & Julie Martin, Brian Ellison

    Ok Corral (IRE) 10 10-09 155 JP McManus, Nicky Henderson

    Sub Lieutenant (IRE) 11 10-09 155 Gigginstown House Stud, Gordon Elliot IRE

    Tour Est Permis (FR) 7 10-09 155 Gigginstown House Stud, Gordon Elliot IRE

    Crievehill (IRE) 8 10-08 154 Highclere T’Bred Racing- Crievehill, Nigel Twiston-Davies

    Jury Duty (IRE) 9 10-08 154 Sideways Syndicate, Gordon Elliot IRE

    Lake View Lad (IRE) 10 10-08 154 Trevor Hemmings, Nick Alexander

    Vintage Clouds (IRE) 10 10-08 154 Trevor Hemmings, Sue Smith

    Pleasant Company (IRE) 12 10-07 153 Malcolm Denmark, Willie Mullins IRE

    Acapella Bourgeois (FR) 10 10-06 152 Slaneyville Syndicate, Willie Mullins IRE

    Any Second Now (IRE) 8 10-06 152 J P McManus, Ted Walsh IRE

    Champagne Classic (IRE) 8 10.06 152 Gigginstown House Stude, Gordon Elliott IRE

    Mister Whitaker (IRE) 9 10-06 152 Tim Radford, Mick Channon 

    Potters Corner (IRE) 10 10-06 152 All Stars Sports Racing & J Davies, Christian Williams

    Shattered Love (IRE) 9 10-06 152 Gigginstown House Stude, Gordon Elliott IRE 

    Death Duty (IRE) 9 10-05 151 Gigginstown House Stude, Gordon Elliott IRE

    Dounikos (FR) 9 10-05 151 Gigginstown House Stude, Gordon Elliott IRE

    Kildisart (IRE) 8 10-05 151 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede, Ben Pauling

    Ramses de Teillee (FR) 8 10-05 151 John White & Anne Underhill, David Pipe

    Acting Lass (IRE) 9 10-04 150 Nigel & Barbara Collinson, Harry Fry

    Double Shuffle (IRE) 10 10-04 150 Crossed Fingers Partnership, Tom George

    Kimberlite Candy (IRE) 8 10-04 150 J P McManus, Tom Lacey

    Saint Xavier (FR) 8 10-04 150 David Maxwell Racing Limited, Paul Nicholls

    Valtor (FR) 11 10-04 150 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede, Nicky Henderson

    Walk in the Mill (FR) 10 10-04 150 Baroness Harding, Robert Walford

    Warriors Tale 11 10-04 150 Trevor Hemmings, Paul Nicholls

    Chef des Obeaux (FR) 8 10-03 149 Sullivan Bloodstockj Limited, Willie Mullins IRE

    Class Conti (FR) 8 10-03 149 P Joubert, Willie Mullins IRE

    Traffic Fluide (FR) 10 10-03 149 Galloping on the South Downs, Gary Moore

    One For Arthur (IRE) 11 10-02 148 Two Gold Widows, Lucinda Russell

    Romain de Senam (FR) 8 10-02 148 Chris Giles & Dan Macdonald, Paul Nicholls

    Snugsborough Benny (IRE) 10 10-02 148 R Loughnane, Liam Cusack IRE

    Dallas des Pictons (FR) 7 10-01 147 Gigginstown House Stud, Gordon Elliott IRE

    Give me Copper (IRE) 10 10-01 147 Done, Ferguson, Mason, Nicholls & Wood, Paul Nicholls

    Lord du Mesnil (FR) 7 10-01 147 Paul Porter, Richard Hobson

    Now McGinty (IRE) 9 10-01 147 The Garratt Family, Stuart Edmunds

    Poker Party (FR) 8 10-01 147 Robcour, Henry de Bromhead IRE

    Steely Addition (IRE) 8 10-01 147 Step By Step, Philip Hobbs

    Takingrisks (IRE) 11 10-01 147 Frank Bird, Nicky Richards

    Borice (FR) 9 10-00 146 Simon Munir/Isaac Souede, Gordon Elliott IRE

    Heron Heights (IRE) 11 10-00 146 Barry Maloney, Henry de Bromhead IRE

    Hogan’s Height (IRE) 9 10-00 146 Foxtrot Racing: Hogan’s Height, Jamie Snowden

    Regal Encore (IRE) 12 10-00 146 J P McManus, Anthony Honeyball

    Activial (FR) 10 9-13 145 Roger Brookhouse, Tom George

    Atlanta Ablaze 9 9-13 145 The Last Man Standing, Henry Daly

    Cabaret Queen 8 9-13 145 SyndicatesRacing, Willie Mullins IRE

    Dalko Moriviere (FR) 7 9-13 145 Ecurie Sagara, Jerome Larrigade FR

    Dragon d’Estruval (FR) 7 9-13 145 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede, Nicky Henderson

    Le Breuil (FR) 8 9-13 145 Mrs Emma Palmer, Ben Pauling

    Outlander (IRE) 12 9-13 145 GOWING’S ELEVEN, Richard Spencer

    A Toi Phil (FR) 10 9-12 144 Teme Valley 2, Gary Moore

    Cogry 11 9-12 144 Graham and Alison Jelley, Nigel Twiston-Davies

    Dingo Dollar (IRE) 8 9-12 144 M Warren J Holmes R Kidner & J Wright, Alan King

    The Hollow Ginge (IRE) 7 9-12 144 The Ginge Army, Nigel Twiston-Davies

    The Young Master 11 9-12 144 Mike Burbidge & The Old Masters, Neil Mulholland

    Mall Dini (IRE) 10 9-11 143 Philip J Reynolds, Patrick Kelly IRE

    Monbeg Notorious (IRE) 9 9-11 143 Gigginstown House Stud, Gordon Elliott IRE

    As de Mee (FR) 10 9-10 142 The Stewart Family & Judi Dench, Paul Nicholls

    Fitzhenry (IRE) 8 9-10 142 J P McManus, Paul Nolan IRE

    Joe Farrell (IRE) 11 9-10 142 M Sherwood, N Morris & J Turner, Rebecca Curtis

    Ravenhill (IRE) 10 9-10 142 Try Ravenhill Syndicate, Gordon Elliott IRE

    Roaring Bull (IRE) 7 9-10 142 Gigginstown House Stud, Gordon Elliott IRE

    Townshend (GER) 9 9-10 142 J D Neild, Nigel Twiston-Davies

    Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) 11 9-10 142 Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent, David Pipe

    Ami Desbois (FR) 10 9-09 141 The Reserved Judgement Partnership, Graeme McPherson

    Missed Approach (IRE) 10 9-09 141 Alan & Andrew Turner, Warren Greatrex

    Moonshine Bay (IRE) 7 9-08 140 Ann & Alan Potts Limited, Jessica Harrington IRE

    Noble Endeavor (IRE) 11 9-08 140 Chris Jones, Gordon Elliott IRE

    Out Sam 11 9-08 140 D Charlesworth, Gordon Elliott IRE

    Fingerontheswitch (IRE) 10 9-07 139 Cahill, Atwell & Crofts, Neil Mulholland

    Singlefarmpayment 10 9-07 139 N T Griffith & H M Haddock, Tom George

    Kilfilum Cross (IRE) 9 9-06 138 Andy Bell & Fergus Lyons, Henry Oliver

    Soupy Soups (IRE) 9 9-06 138 Equi ex Incertis Partners, Neil Mulholland

    General Principle (IRE) 11 9-05 137 Gigginstown House Stud, Gordon Elliott IRE

    Spider Web (IRE) 9 9-05 137 J P McManus, Tom Mullins IRE

    Princeton Royale (IRE) 11 9-03 135 D Nott, P Beadles, R Clarke, Neil King

    Scoir Mear (IRE) 10 8-12 130 J P McManus, Tom Mullins IRE

    Rathlin Rose (IRE) 12 8-10 128 Fergus Wilson, David Pipe 

    Disco d’Authie (FR) 11 8-07 125 Mme Magalen Bryant, David Cottin FR

    Prince of Scars (IRE) 10 8-07 125 Simon Munir/Isaac Souede, Gordon Elliott IRE