History at Aintree

Tiger Roll emulates Red Rum’s Grand National record

Gordon Elliott with Tiger Roll

Three times a winner: trainer Gordon Elliott celebrates with winning horse Tiger Roll


Tiger Roll wrote himself into racing history after becoming the first horse since Red Rum in 1974 to win back-to-back Grand Nationals.

The 4-1 favourite was ridden by Davy Russell who rode him last year for trainer Gordon Elliott who has now won three Nationals following his victory with Silver Birch in 2007.

He was delirious as one of the smallest horses in the race defied his size to achieve what even his owner, the Ryanair CEO Michael O”Leary, thought impossible, by emulating Red Rum’s successive victories in 1973 and 1974.

“What a horse, what a horse!” said Elliott who watched the horse win more comfortably than last year when it won by a nose. This time he crossed the winning line three lengths ahead of Magic of Light who looked poised to become the first mare since 1951 to win the race.

Russell said: “I can’t believe it. At my age now to win two Grand Nationals – wow.”

Rathvinden (8-1) was third and Walk in the Mill (25-1) fourth. Anibale Fly (10/1) was fifth while Scottish-trained One for Arthur (25/1), winner in 2017, finished sixth.

Up for Review, trained by Willie Mullins, was fatally injured after falling at the first, the third fatality at this week’s meeting.

UPDATE (7 April): O’Leary said Tiger Roll will return to Cheltenham next year but he is unsure about entering the horse for a crack at a third Grand National.

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