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Tiger Roll has firmly established his place in racing folklore, but how much prize money has the popular little horse won in his career?
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The 12-year-old will be running for the 45th time under rules and has already taken his place in the winner’s enclosure on 13 occasions.
Grand National triumphs in 2018 and 2019, which made Tiger Roll the first horse since Red Rum in 1974 to win the race in successive seasons, make up the bulk of his career earnings as he banked a tidy £500,000 for connections on both occasions.
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Despite leaping into the public’s affections with his Aintree exploits, it’s arguably at Cheltenham where the son of Authorized really stamped his authority. Tiger Roll has incredibly won on five occasions at the Festival spanning three different races.
On just his third career start – and second for trainer Gordon Elliott – he claimed the 2014 Triumph Hurdle at odds of 10/1 to net £68,340 for his owners, Gigginstown House Stud. He displayed the stamina reserves that would later go on to prove vital to his Grand National wins when landing the 2017 National Hunt Chase over four miles, having successfully switched from hurdling to chasing in the previous year. A cheque worth £71,952 winged its way to connections for that effort.
Tiger Roll was pitched into the Cross Country Chase at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival and won at the meeting for a third time by inflicting a 2l defeat on Urgent De Gregaine to add £40,261 to his prize money tally.
It sparked the most prolific period of his career as he won the following month’s Grand National in thrilling fashion from Pleasant Company. He also landed a surprise victory at odds of 25/1 in the Grade 2 Boyne Hurdle at Navan in February 2019 before scoring by 22l in the 2019 Cross Country Chase and becoming a dual Grand National winner in the spring.
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The following campaign was built around an Aintree hat-trick attempt but Tiger Roll was fifth in the Boyne Hurdle and second in the Cross Country Chase before the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the world’s greatest steeplechase.
Days after being scratched from the 2021 Grand National amid a row over his handicap rating, the gelding rolled back the years by emphatically turning the tables on Cross Country rival Easysland at Cheltenham.
Sadly, Tiger Roll will be absent from the 40-strong field set to run at Aintree in April after Gigginstown bigwig Michael O’Leary threw his toys out the pram once again and withdrew his charge. A chance to join Red Rum in the history books as a three-time winner denied.
That means the Cross Country Chase at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival is set to be his final run as he attempts to add to the £1,419,316 in prize money claimed during his illustrious career.
Tiger Roll’s Major Wins
Triumph Hurdle (2014)
National Hunt Chase (2017)
Cross Country Chase (2018, 2019, 2021)
Grand National (2018, 2019)
Boyne Hurdle (2019)
Tiger Roll’s Race Record
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