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Tiger Roll to bid for a hat-trick of Grand Nationals in 2020


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Ireland's Grand National hero Tiger Roll will bid to equal Red Rum's historic tally of three wins in the famous race at Aintree next April. 

The Gordon Elliott trained chaser won the race for the second year in a row this year under jockey Davy Russell.

Tiger Roll will not be seen again on a racecourse this year, with the nine-year-old also lined up for the Cheltenham Festival in 2020, where he will attempt to win a race at the National Hunt Olympics for a fifth time.

The third of Red Rum's victories at Aintree came in 1977.

Owned by Michael O'Leary, Tiger Roll was the first horse since Red Rum to go back to back.

Elliott said:

"It is great to see him back, doing a bit of work again. He has had a nice couple of months of summer holidays.

 "He went back to Gigginstown obviously. He was probably out there and had about 10-12 weeks out on grass. He hasn't had a saddle on him since Aintree and the National but he has done a few parades and had a few good days out, which is great.

 "I have seen him a couple of times during the summer at Gigginstown and he was good and strong, and I have seen him when he was here for a while before he went off to do his flat work and he looked good.

 "He will probably do three or four weeks of flat work before he comes back to us in the main yard here.

 "Obviously he won't be that busy this year. We are going to have to mind him now and pick and choose where we go. He will probably have one run over hurdles, maybe something like the Boyne Hurdle (Navan, February) again. He will go back to Cheltenham (March) for the Cross Country race and then we'll go for the Randox Health Grand National."

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