GORDON ELLIOTT has revealed Tiger Roll is recovering nicely from his performance and a crack in a historical third win in the Grand National is quite much on his agenda. The Grand national 2020.
Tiger Roll experienced a procedure to remove a chip at a joint and is currently on box rest but Elliott is confident he is going to be fit to attempt to join Red Rum as a triple winner of the Aintree showpiece.
Tiger Roll is recovering well from his performance
Tiger Roll is recovering nicely from his operationCredit: Reuters
The Boyne Hurdle in February is an option because of his return but Elliott isn’t worried if his favorite chaser heads directly to Cheltenham to the Cross Country instead.
Elliott stated:”The process he had travelled well. He is on box break until Thursday week, even once the bandage will come off and he’ll start walking.
“He’ll be walking for three weeks then, all being well, he’ll be back cantering then. The Grand national 2020, He was in complete fitness and nearly ready to run as it occurred. It’s not ideal, but if it had happened in January or February it’d have been a whole lot worse.
“The Boyne Hurdle is where we’d love to go, but when he doesn’t get there then he could go directly to Cheltenham for the Cross Country”
Owner Michael O’Leary has suggested that if the handicapper was harsh on Tiger Roll then he might not run at Aintree, but Elliott isn’t taking the threat too seriously.
Clearly Michael O’Leary owns him and will make the last choice, but in my mind this is the race I’ve been training him for since last year.
“To be truthful, he carried 11st 5lb a year ago, we know he’s going to have top weight, we’re not dumb. The Grand national 2020. It is how much the weights are compacted.
“The handicapper has a project to do, but I’m sure he’s going to be honest with everyone.
“We are almost certain he is going to have to carry 11st 10lb, but would he have won another 5lb last calendar year? I think he probably will.
“It’s the Grand National, I know what can happen in a Grand National. When you go to Cheltenham there is a lot of pressure, but heading to Aintree, it is just great to be there. The Grand national 2020, There’s pressure but of another type.
“Anything could happen in the National, that is what makes it the race it is, but the build up to the race will probably be next to none”