Two-time Grand National winner Tiger Roll is resuming full work following surgery to remove a chip in a joint last year and he will be bidding for a fifth win at the Cheltenham Festival prior to his anticipated appearance in the 2020 Randox Health Grand National on April 4th.
Prior to this, the Gordon Elliott-trained runner is still on course to run in the Boyne Hurdle at Navan in less than two week’s time, the Meath-based trainer saying: “He did his first bit of work on Saturday after his setback and he worked well. He’ll work again during the week.
“My plan is to run on Sunday week in the Boyne Hurdle – he won’t be as fit as he was last year and will come on a lot for the run, but it will be a lovely stepping stone to the cross-country (at Cheltenham).
“He missed a month, so he’s by no means as fit as he was when he won it last year. Hopefully it will put him spot on for Cheltenham.”
With regard to his appearance at Aintree on April 4th, connections have stated that he will only line-up should he have his weight compressed, owner Michael O’Leary making it clear that the prospects of Tiger Roll running in the famous steeplechase were extremely slim should the handicapper fail to give him sufficient leeway.
Tiger Roll remains the punters pick on the ante-post market with the bookmakers going 5/1 that he makes history by becoming the first horse ever to win the Grand National in three successive seasons.