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Tiger Roll leads the 89 contenders for the Grand National

Tiger Roll leads the 89 contenders for the Grand National while Gordon Elliott strives for an Aintree hat trick

  • Double winner Tiger Roll leads the 89 remaining contenders for the Grand National
  • No horse has ever claimed the spectacular Aintree in three consecutive years
  • Those withdrawn are Delta Work, Chris’s Dream and Missed Approach

Double winner Tiger Roll leads the 89 remaining contenders for the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree on April 4 after the last forfeited phase.

The retreats included Tiger Roll’s Cheltenham Gold Cup-bound Stablemate Delta Work, Chris’s Dream, Missed Approach, the injured Native River and Noble Endeavor.

History awaits Gordon Elliott’s remarkable 10-year-old Tiger Roll, who must complete his preparations for the Cheltenham Festival when he tries to win there for the fifth time.

Double winner Tiger Roll heads the 89 remaining contenders for this year's Grand National

Double winner Tiger Roll heads the 89 remaining contenders for this year’s Grand National

No horse has ever claimed the spectacular Aintree in three consecutive years, but Tiger Roll is currently the favorite to do that.

Last year’s second place, Magic Of Light, is on track, despite recently lagging far behind Tiger Roll in the Boyne Hurdle. Before that she was in good shape and won at Newbury and Ascot.

Her trainer Jessica Harrington said: ‘Magic Of Light is in good shape. She wasn’t slippery for her obstacles in Navan, but I think the ground was just too heavy for her.

‘The Mares’ Hurdle in Cheltenham was an option, but the race looks very competitive – she would have hired two talented mares in Benie Des Dieux and Honeysuckle as they run. With that in mind, she goes straight to Aintree.

“She has a good weight for Aintree and we look forward to bringing her back.”

Stablemate Jett is also in the mix, which has performed well in top company twice.

“Jett is our other contender for the Grand National and the plan would be to drive it, provided the land is suitable,” Harrington said.

‘He prefers better terrain than the test conditions, but he has run a number of great races this season.

“I am very happy with him and I think there is much more to be gained from him.

“He remains very good and is a good jumper and has a lot of tactical speed.”

Those still outside the top 40 are Give Me A Copper, Takingrisks and Le Breuil (61).

The next scratch phase is March 17.

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