Published: Fri, February 14, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Elliott disappointed as Tiger Roll given Grand National top weight

Elliott disappointed as Tiger Roll given Grand National top weight

The Irish superstar is looking to become the first horse in history to win three National's in succession.

The Gordon Elliott-trained Tiger Roll and Delta Work have been allotted top weight of 11st 10lb each for the 2020 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree on Saturday 4th April.

The 10-year-old gelding last year became the first horse since the legendary Red Rum (1973/74) to win the steeple chase in consecutive years.

"It's fascinating to have Jessica Harrington's Magic Of Light also entered in the race resulting in Navan having the privilege of the first and second across the line in the Grand National past year competing at what promises to be a great race".

However the reaction reverberated around the handicapper's assessment of Tiger Roll who carried 10st 3lb to victory in 2018 and then 11st 5lb the following year when recording back-to-back victories under the evergreen jockey Davy Russell.

The other Grand National victor among the entries, One For Arthur, is set to carry 10st 2lb - a rating of 148, which is the same as his winning mark in 2017. His rating of 148 is the same as he had in 2017. Both horses are owned by J P McManus.

Sunday's rivals could also include the horse that chased him home at Aintree a year ago, the Jessica Harrington-trained Magic Of Light.

Grand National 2020: Tiger Roll given top weight for Aintree race in April

"Tiger Roll was rated 172 at the end of previous year and obviously there is no recent evidence to go on because of his fitness issues, so his handicap mark has been unquantifiable since", he said. A high-profile example would be Cadmium, a Topham Chase victor. Therefore, it is losing 2 pounds and It has the same weight that Suny Bay did when it was second in the Grand National of 1998. Many Clouds gained off 11st 9lb, however he didn't have as excessive a score.

Ten horses have been given 11st or more and Greenwood said: "This year, 73% of the horses entered are in the handicap".

Tiger Roll is set to make his first start since his Aintree heroics of last spring in the Boyne Hurdle at Navan on Sunday, before bidding for a third straight win in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. There are about 15 horses in total who now do not qualify because they have not run over fences this season or have not yet finished in the first four in a race of more than 23 and a half years in their career.A high-profile example would be Cadmium, a victor of Topham Chase.

The locally-bred horse won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2018 - he will aim for another next month - and has won in excess of £1m for his connections. Other horses in direction of the highest embody Bristol de Mai and Native River. Bristol de Mai was rated 173 when entered a year ago and that figure has been downgraded since to 168. The welfare of the horse we feel is far more important to us than the race.

"The race boasts the winners of races such as the Grand National, Irish National, Welsh National, Rowland Meyrick Chase, Cheltenham Gold Cup and much more".

That race proved Burrows Saint's fitness while keeping his handicap mark until Tuesday's weights launch - and he looks good for an ante-post play.

"You could argue it is the highest-quality Grand National in modern history".

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