This past weekend fans, punters, trainers and the whole world was tuned in at 5.15pm on Saturday for the most important race meeting in the calendar, the Aintree Grand National of 2019.
As we all know by now, the bookies favourite to win the race Tiger Roll, which was priced at 7/2 right across the board, took home gold with Jockey Davy Russell and Trainer Gordon Elliot both in pure joy.
Tiger Roll emulated the one and only legendary Red Rum by successfully defending his Grand National crown at Aintree on Saturday. The nine-year-old became the first horse since the great Red Rum in 1973/74 to win back-to-back victories in the world’s most famous steeplechase.
As well as winning two Nationals, Red Rum added a third title in 1977 and came second in 1975 and 1976. Tiger Roll has been getting the applauds all weekend long, but what is next for the double Grand National winner?
— Aintree Racecourse (@AintreeRaces) April 6, 2019
Just as he did last season, the Gordon Elliott trained Tiger Roll warmed up for the Grand National by winning his second Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. This was his fourth Festival success overall having also won the Triumph Hurdle and the National Hunt Chase.
Irish owner Michael O’Leary has said that he doesn’t feel pressured to enter his star prize into next year’s Grand National, in a bid to win three in a row. Tiger could be put into the Gold Cup next years as an alternative, but that decision wont be made anytime soon.
The fans have really taken to Tiger and O’Leary insists that there is no need to emulate a great in Red Rum, who many say saved the Grand National and put it back on the map at a time when racing was struggling.
— Aintree Racecourse (@AintreeRaces) April 7, 2019
Winning jockey Davy Russell said “I know it’s silly, but I believe he knows his name. Going to the start, when we were parading, the commentator said his name and he stood up and put his chest out. Louise who was leading him up noticed it too. He’s so intelligent.”
Everyone is talking about what’s next, but really we should just savour this moment and enjoy history being made.
Tiger Roll will shortly return to Gigginstown with former O’Leary-owned stars like Cheltenham Gold Cup heroes Don Cossack, War Of Attrition and the 2016 Grand National winner Rule The World.