Tiger Roll was able to continue racing after an offer for the third Grand National in April while trainer Gordon Elliott supports the horse to advance to the next season
- Tiger Roll aims for a third Grand National in April after consecutive wins
- Coach Gordon Elliott believes that the horse can race further than the competition
- The 10-year-old can match the record of Red Rum if he wins the race again
Trainer Gordon Elliott says he expects Tiger Roll to race next season, although many believe that his bid for a third victory in the Randox Health Grand National on April 4 would be his swan song.
The 10-year-old brought the crowd in Navan on Sunday when fifth in the Boyne Hurdle on his late seasonal comeback with it looked like it could possibly be his last point in Ireland.
For the third year in a row, Tiger Roll is trying to win the Cross Country Chase at next month’s Cheltenham Festival, a success that would be his fifth at the meeting.
Tiger Roll is trying to win the Cross Country Chase at next month’s Cheltenham Festival
If he defies the highest weight of 11th 10 pounds in the Grand National, he will join the legendary Red Rum as a triple race winner.
Elliott said: ‘I was very happy with how he walked on Sunday. Since then he seems very good. On the (test) ground I was worried about how well he would run, but I thought he showed a lot of enthusiasm and just got tired.
‘He is only 10 years old. If he is in one piece at the end of the season, there is no reason why he should not come back and go for the Cross Country race again. “
Coach Gordon Elliott thinks the 10-year-old has every chance to race next season
Elliott, who has registered about 80 horses for Cheltenham, expects to have around 50 runners.
He unveiled Samcro, who goes for the Chase of March novices, and Couer Sublime, the 2019 Triumph Hurdle runner-up focused on the Champion Hurdle, have both undergone respiratory surgery.
Elliott’s 11-year-old grade a winning mare Apple’s Jade will run in the Stayers’ Hurdle when she makes the festival, but Elliott has admitted that she hasn’t shown the same brilliance this season.
Meanwhile, jockey Mark Walsh rides Elliott’s Delta Work in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The gelding was ridden by Jack Kennedy when he won the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown, but he is now offside with a leg injury.
Davy Russell, Elliott’s other go-to-jockey, is associated with last year’s beaten Gold Cup favorite Presenting Percy.
Jockey Mark Walsh will ride Elliott’s Delta Work in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March