Tiger Roll stays on course to bid for a historic third successive win in the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree despite a recent setback.
The nine-year-old underwent a procedure to remove a chip at a joint earlier this month and is presently on box rest, however, Watch Grand National online, trainer Gordon Elliott is convinced his celebrity will attempt to combine Red Rum as a triple winner of this extended four-and-a-quarter-mile event.
If his comeback goes to the program, Tiger Roll will return to action from the Boyne Hurdle at Navan in February — a race he won last season — before bidding for a fifth Cheltenham Festival success. Watch Grand National online.
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“The procedure he’d go well. He is on box break until Thursday week, when the bandage will probably come off and he’ll start back walking,” explained Elliott.
“He will be walking for 3 weeks then, all being well, he’ll be back cantering then. He had been in complete fitness and nearly ready to run as it occurred. It is not perfect, Watch Grand National online, but if it had happened in January or February it’d have been a whole lot worse.
“The Boyne Hurdle is where we would love to go, Stream Grand National, but when he doesn’t get there then he could go straight to Cheltenham to the Cross Country”
Owner Michael O’Leary recently indicated that when the handicapper was brutal on Tiger Roll, Watch Grand National online, his pride and pleasure may not run at Aintree, but Elliott is not taking the threat too seriously.
Stream Grand National-Clearly Michael O’Leary possesses him and will make the final decision, but in my mind this is the race I’ve been training him since this past year,” said Elliott.
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“To be truthful, he carried 11st 5lb a year ago, we know he is going to have high weight, we’re not stupid. It is just how much the weights are compacted. Watch Grand National online, The handicapper has a job to do, but I am sure he’s going to be honest with everybody.
“We’re almost certain he is going to have to carry 11st 10lb, but could he have won with another 5lb last year? Grand National online. I think he probably would.
“It is the Grand National, I understand what can happen in a Grand National online. When you go to Cheltenham there is a lot of pressure, but heading to Aintree, it is just great to be there. There’s pressure but of a different kind.
“Anything could happen in the National, that’s what makes it the race it is, but the build up to the race will probably be second to none.”Watch Grand National online.
Grand National online-In addition to Tiger Roll, Elliott hopes to be nicely represented come April, with more than a dozen titles potentially in the mix.
“If we needed to make the entrances today, I would make about 15. They are all in the disability and all entitled to run in the race,” he said. Watch Grand National online.
“Borice could go — he runs at the Ladbroke at the weekend — we have got Dounikos who’s a fantastic horse when things go right, we have Jury Duty who obtained the American National, Alpha Des Obeaux is a rated winner, Watch Grand National online, The Storyteller is a Cheltenham Festival winner, therefore is Shattered Love. Grand National online.
“Then we have Ravenhill, who was only beaten at a Kerry National and Noble Endeavor, who has dropped his form a little but ran okay at the National last year once the floor was too fast. Watch Grand National online, Roaring Bull will get an entry but might not get in, but Champagne Classic is a very good horse.