Tiger Roll victory could carry "bombshell" £250m bill

Tiger Roll victory could carry

Tiger Roll victory could carry "bombshell" £250m bill

Back-to-back Randox Health Grand National victor Tiger Roll has received a hero's homecoming back in Ireland.

Gordon Elliott was far more composed leading the brilliant 9yo into his homeplace than he was at Aintree on Saturday and the emotion he showed after training the first horse since the great Red Rum in 1973/74 to win back-to-back renewals of the world's most famous steeplechase.

Ryanair boss Mr O'Leary, who runs Tiger Roll under his Gigginstown House Stud banner, said: "I never thought we'd win the Grand National once in our lifetime, so to do it three times in four years (Rule The World won in 2016) is phenomenal, a fantastic achievement".

It was Elliot's third National win after winning at Aintree with Silver Birch back in 2007.

Trained by Gordon Elliott, Tiger Roll appeared to hold outstanding claims of claiming a second victory on Merseyside, having looked better than ever in winning his two most recent starts in the Boyne Hurdle at Navan and the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase - his fourth Cheltenham Festival win.

The Summerhill native said: "To come back here and see the crowds, it's unbelievable, it's great". He will be carrying top-weight, he is a small horse and every time he runs now I get nervous - I would hate for anything unfortunate to happen to him while he's racing.

"There's huge public affection for him and I think we're duty-bound to mind him now".

As Russell, who at one point in his career was sacked by owner Michael O'Leary, waved his arms in celebration Elliott, normally unreadable, was sobbing. My uncle passed away this year, and he used to take me point-to-pointing and the race was for him.

Tiger Roll, who in victory became one of those special racehorses that will be recalled as long as the National is spoken about, has the same aura and will still only be 10 when the race comes around next year. The win ensured that the diminutive horse is the first victor of two consecutive Grand Nationals in almost fifty years.

For O'Leary it was not about him making history. First and foremost is the horse and once he's okay, there's no reason why not, ' he said.

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