Tony Mullins: Tiger Roll not running in the Grand National has to be the craziest move of all-time

The Aintree hero won't be going for a third National.

Tiger Roll wins the Grand National 2019

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Grand National icon Tiger Roll has been denied a shot at emulating Red Rum’s three victories in the Aintree extravaganza after being scratched from this year’s renewal – and Tony Mullins thinks the decision is crazy.

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Gigginstown chief Michael O’Leary pulled the 2018 and 2019 winner from the world’s greatest steeplechase after branding the horse’s handicap rating of 161 “absurd and unfair”.

The Tiger is set to roar for one last time at next week’s Cheltenham Festival and, speaking on Paddy Power’s Ultimate Cheltenham Preview Night, Mullins thinks it would be hilarious if he romps to glory in the Cross Country Chase.

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Tony Mullins:

“Can you imagine if Tiger Roll bolts in here and then doesn’t run in the Grand National.

“I’ve seen crazy things but this has to be the craziest move of all-time. We have the next potential Red Rum.

“Can you imagine having the only horse for 40 years that can win a treble National not running because he has a lighter weight than Red Rum had when he won his third race.

“It’s very funny, not for Gordon Elliott, though.”

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