Tiger Roll set for possible third appearance at Grand National
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Tiger Roll remains a possibility for an appearance at the 2022 Grand National which takes place at Aintree on Saturday, 9th April.
The gelding triumphed in the Randox Grand National in 2018 and 2019, however his bid to match the legendary Red Rum by winning the famous steeplechase three times was thwarted due to the race being cancelled following the outbreak of Covid-19. The fixture returned to the Aintree racing calendar in April 2021, however the horse’s connections and the BHA (British Horseracing Authority) official handicapper Martin Greenwood weren’t able to come to any agreement with regard to his rating of 166, this mark requiring him to shoulder a weight of 11st 9lb.
As a direct result of this, Gigginstown House Stud decided to withdraw Tiger Roll’s entry into the race and stated that the handicapper’s assessment was completely unfair.
The horse triumphed in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at the 2021 Cheltenham festival although he lost by 92 lengths in his most recent appearance, the Grade One Betway Bowl at Aintree.
Tiger Roll is next set to appear at Cheltenham where he will contest the Grade Three Jewson Click & Collect Handicap Chase on Sunday, 14th November and following this the plan is to send him in defence of his Cross Country crown at Prestbury Park in March.
Gigginstown racing manager Eddie O’Leary, said: “He’s got the entry, I haven’t spoken to Gordon (Elliott, trainer) yet, but I think the plan is to run him.
“Hopefully he’ll go for the cross country at Cheltenham and then we’ll see how the handicapper is with the National, his aim is the cross country and after that we’ll see.
“It’ll depend on the English handicapper. The Irish handicapper has him at 155 but they won’t accept it in England, they won’t budge.
“Even the Irish handicapper has dropped him 7lb since he won at Cheltenham, but your man won’t budge, so the aim is the cross country at Cheltenham again.”