Some Tiger Talk after Aintree

Story by Conall Collier

Saturday, 6th April, 2019 8:52pm

Some Tiger Talk after Aintree

PARTY TIME FOR TIGER ROLL AT AINTREE TODAY

Tiger Roll is the fourth shortest-priced favourite to win the Grand National at 4/1.

 Tiger Roll is the shortest-priced winning favourite since Poethlyn in 1919, which started at 11/4.
 
Tiger Roll became the 27th winner of the Randox Health Grand National trained in Ireland and led home an Irish 1-2-3. However, this did not quite match the 2018 finish, which saw an unprecedented 1-2-3-4 for Irish-trained horses.
 
Tiger Roll is the fifth back-to-back winner of the Grand National following Abd-El-Kader (1850 and 1851), 

The Colonel (1869 and 1870), Reynoldstown (1935 and 1936) and Red Rum (1973 and 1974). 

Three others have won the race twice - Peter Simple (1849 and 1853), The Lamb (1868 and 1871) and Manifesto (1897 and 1899).

Gordon Elliott has become the eighth trainer in Grand National history to saddle three winners of the race. 

The most recent trainer to have achieved this was the late Tim Forster who saddled the winners in 1972 (Well To Do), 1980 (Ben Nevis) and 1985 (Last Suspect).
 
Davy Russell has now won two Randox Health Grand Nationals in succession on Tiger Roll. He is the first jockey to do this since Leighton Aspell scored on Pineau De Re in 2014 and Many Clouds in 2015.
 
Davy Russell at 39 is one of the oldest riders to capture the Grand National in the race's history. 

The oldest was 48-year-old amateur Dick Saunders on Grittar in 1982.

Tiger Roll became the 46th nine-year-old - the most successful age group - in the 172 runnings of the Grand National where the winner's age was recorded.

Tiger Roll carried the third joint-highest weight to victory in the last 22 runnings, with his 11st 5lb emulated by Don't Push it in 2010 and beaten by Neptune Collonges (2012, 11st 6lb) and Many Clouds (2015, 11st 9lb).
 
Gigginstown House Stud are now the joint most successful Grand National winning owners ever with three winners: Rule The World (2016) and Tiger Roll (2018 and 2019). 

Others to win three Grand Nationals, most recently Noel Le Mare (Red Rum 1973, 1974 and 1977) and Trevor Hemmings (Hedgehunter 2005, Ballabriggs 2011 and Many Clouds 2015).
 
This was the 172nd running of the Randox Health Grand National, and for the 17th year in-a-row for a sell-out crowd 
of 70,000

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