Tiger Roll rated 50-50 to defend Grand National crown

Tiger Roll will return to action in Boyne Hurdle | Racing news

I'm no expert on the handicapping system but I would suggest a rating of 170 is entirely reasonable for a horse that barely came off the bridle until the elbow in last year's National triumph.

Fellow Irish manager Willie Mullins, successful with Hedgehunter in 2005, has the impressive victor of the Great Irish National Burrows Saint (10º 10 pounds) among his nine contestants.

Elliott has 18 entries in complete, greater than every other coach, as he chases a document equalling fourth Grand National, together with his workforce additionally that includes promising novice Champagne Classic (10st 6lb) and 2019 Galway Plate victor Borice (10st).

Other leading contenders in the ante-post betting market include Burrows Saint (10st 10lb), Kimberlite Candy (10st 4lb), Walk In The Mill (10st 4lb) and last year's runner-up Magic Of Light (10st 12lb). Nickel Coin in 1951 is the latest mare to win the Aintree spectacular.

"Tiger Roll is a very, very special horse - but is he a Gold Cup horse?"

Martin Greenwood, the British Horseracing Authority's senior steeplechase handicapper, has acceded to O'Leary's wish for "compression" at the top of the weights, but only by 1lb for Tiger Roll - nowhere near what O'Leary perceives as the average compression - and he would have to run off a rating of 170. The J.P McManus owned 8-year old will carry 10st 6lb should he run in what would be his first attempt around the Liverpool track.

"Tiger Roll is invaluable to us, so we will do best by him".

"Tiger Roll was rated 172 on the finish of final 12 months and clearly there isn't any current proof to go on due to his health points, so his handicap mark has been unquantifiable since". Therefore, it is losing 2 pounds and It has the same weight that Suny Bay did when it was second in the Grand National of 1998.

The best weight-carrying performance of recent years came in 2015 when Many Clouds, one of the most popular horses, of the past decade, shouldered 11st 9lb.

Twice Grand National Tiger Roll winner
Twice Grand National Tiger Roll winner

"No other horse has carried that rating since".

He hasn't seen action since last year's National success but is entered for the Boyne Hurdle at Navan this weekend.

What is far more important at this present time is that he gets through Sunday at Navan okay and then comes out of Cheltenham and the Cross Country race in one piece.

Elliott, who sings from a slightly different hymn sheet to the owner, said if the horse were his he would run.

Other names to highlight are Kimberlite Candy (Tom Lacey, 10st 4lb), victor of the G3 Classic Handicap Chase in Warwick, and the victor of Listed Sky Bet Chase Ok Corral (Nicky Henderson, 10st 9lb).

The next horse in the weights is Bristol De Mai (11st 8lb), trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies. Bristol de Mai was rated 173 when entered past year and that figure has been downgraded since to 168.

Ten horses have received 11 or more. I have dropped Native River 2lb to 166 since Bristol De Mai has finished in front of him the last two times they have met, and I thought he was professional when he was winning at Newbury Saturday. Similarly, since an initial rating of 140, there are more horses than ever in the modern era registered for the race, 92 in total. It is almost as good a staying handicap as could be run wherever.

"You could argue it is the highest-quality Grand National in modern history".

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