Tiger Roll won’t be seeking third title consecutive win according to the owner
Going by owner Michael O’Leary, Tiger Roll will not be competing for a win in next year’s Grand National at Aintree. Tiger Roll has thus far won two consecutive Grand Nationals.
Pursuing A Third Consecutive Win Unlikely For Tiger Roll
The nine-year-old gelding broke a 45-year-old record on Saturday becoming the first racehorse to have consecutive victories since Red Rum. The Red Rum managed a record-breaking third win back in 1977. There is however yet to be a runner who has won three successive Grand Nationals in the 180 years the race has been held.
The Ryanair chief has said he does not feel any pressure to pursue a third win in a row reiterating that Tiger Roll is not Red Rum.
Some of Tiger Roll’s achievements thus far include:
- Now he won his second Grand National race, Tiger Roll became the fifth Grand National back-to-back winner in the race’s 172 events. Before him was Red Rum and Reynoldstown who achieved this feat prior to the Second World War.
- He boasts four winnings at the Cheltenham Festival. These include two Cross Country Chases, a National Hunt Chase and a Triumph Hurdle.
Swiss Roll who was trained by Tommy Stack was Tiger Roll’s mum. In his third win at the Grand National, the Red Rum was ridden by Tommy Stack.
Cross Country Chase Next Target for Tiger Roll
O’Leary has said that next season’s target would be the Cheltenham Festival’s Cross Country Chase. He added that on winning this race Tiger Roll could be retired which means the horse would be retiring after winning a fifth big March fixture race.
Skepticism within the Racing Community
The Ryanair chief’s comments have however been received with a lot of skepticism because he had earlier stated that Tiger Roll would not be taking part in this year’s Aintree after the horse won at Cheltenham.
Next Year’s Race May be Tougher for the Horse
The horse, which was trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Davy Russell, was in the Saturday race sent off as a 4-1 favourite. Although the horse was carrying 5 lb. more, Tiger Roll maintained at over two-length distance to the runner-up Magic of Light. Since Poethlyn, Tiger Roll has been the second shortest-priced runner in the last 100 years.
O’Leary is certain that Tiger Roll will be classified as top weight in next year’s race, which would see the horse take on 5 lb. more than this year’s weight. He runs the Gigginstown House Stud service, which he owns Tiger Roll through, with his brother Eddie O’Leary.
O’Leary Snubs Next Year’s Gold Cup Race
Tiger Roll seemed to be in exquisite shape this year. The effortless way in which he went through the National had many suggesting he should take part in the Cheltenham Gold Cup next year.
In response O’Leary stated that the Gold Cup was not, much temptation as Tiger Roll is a small horse. He added that the Gold Cup is an attrition race.
“He has won four times at Cheltenham, and if he were to go back and win five times at Cheltenham – what more do you want from the horse? I think at that stage I would mind every precious hair in his body.”
The Grand Homecoming
After the win, the Ryanair chief went back to Dublin aboard one of his planes. Among the passengers in the Saturday night, flight was Elliot and Russell. The next day Tiger Roll was trotted out through the village of Summerhill. Close to two thousand people turned up to the grand homecoming.
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