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Tiger Roll is set to make his eagerly-anticipated return to the track on Saturday.
The dual Grand National winner has been entered in the Grade 2 Many Clouds Chase at Aintree and could face as many as 12 rivals including Al Boum Photo, Champ and Native River.
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Trainer Gordon Elliott is gearing the popular horse’s campaign around a sixth Cheltenham Festival success instead of targeting a third Grand National.
“Tiger Roll will probably run at Aintree on Saturday,” Elliott said. “After that, we’ll look at the Boyne Hurdle at Navan followed by the cross-country race at Cheltenham.
“He may not be the Tiger Roll of old but, if we can get him back to win another cross-country race, it will be a dream come true.
“He’s a horse of a lifetime and for anyone who drives into the yard at Cullentra, he lives in the first stable as you walk in, and to have a horse like him around the place is unbelievable.”
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Tiger Roll was denied his Grand National hat-trick chance in 2020 when the big race was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic before being withdrawn from last season’s renewal due to a row over his rating.
Elliott said: “The dream would be to go back and win a third Grand National but the stats don’t lie. It will have been three years since he won the Grand National and it’s not going to be any easier for him as he’s not getting any younger.”
Tiger rolled back the years to win the Cross Country Chase at this year’s Cheltenham Festival in scintillating style and a fourth success in the race is in Elliott’s sights.
He added: “To be honest, I’d love to win another cross-country race with him at Cheltenham. If he won it, it would blow the roof off Cheltenham. Looking at Cheltenham this year, Tiger Roll winning the cross-country was probably one of the proudest moments of my training career. He’s a little superstar and we’re very lucky to have him.”
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