Tiger Roll could race on after bid for third Grand National in April as trainer Gordon Elliott backs horse to continue into next season
- Tiger Roll is aiming for a third Grand National in April after successive victories
- Trainer Gordon Elliott believes the horse can race on beyond the competition
- The 10-year-old could equal Red Rum’s record if he wins the race once again
Trainer Gordon Elliott says he expects Tiger Roll to race on next season despite many believing his bid for a third win in the Randox Health Grand National on April 4 would be his swansong.
The 10-year-old swelled the crowd at Navan on Sunday when fifth in the Boyne Hurdle on his belated seasonal comeback with it looking like it could be potentially his last run in Ireland.
Tiger Roll will attempt to win the Cross Country Chase at next month’s Cheltenham Festival for the third year running, a success that would be his fifth at the meeting.
Tiger Roll will attempt to win the Cross Country Chase at next month’s Cheltenham Festival
If he defies top weight of 11st 10lb in the Grand National he will join legendary Red Rum as a three-time race winner.
Elliott said: ‘I was very happy with how he ran on Sunday. He seems very well since. On the (testing) ground I was worried how well he would run but I thought he showed a lot of zest 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 won’t come back and go for the Cross Country race again.’
Trainer Gordon Elliott thinks the 10-year-old has every chance to race on next season
Elliott, who has around 80 horses entered for Cheltenham, expects to have around 50 runners.
He revealed Samcro, who goes for the March Novices’ Chase, and Couer Sublime, the 2019 Triumph Hurdle runner-up who is being aimed at the Champion Hurdle, have both had breathing operations.
Elliott’s 11-time grade-one winning mare Apple’s Jade will run in the Stayers’ Hurdle is she makes the Festival but Elliott has conceded she has not shown the same sparkle this season.
Meanwhile, jockey Mark Walsh will ride 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 sidelined with a leg injury.
Davy Russell, Elliott’s other go-to jockey, is associated with last year’s beaten Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy.
Jockey Mark Walsh will ride Elliott’s Delta Work in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March