Tiger Roll could get Aintree hat-trick chance

Trainer Gordon Elliott says the Grand National “could be on the agenda” for Tiger Roll (20/1 – Grand National Winner) after the two-time winner was given a 5lb lower mark for the 2022 race.

Tiger Roll won the world’s greatest steeplechase in 2018 and 2019, while his bid to claim a third straight victory at Aintree was ended by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

Connections then decided not to enter the 12-year-old into the 2021 edition, having been unhappy with the weight from the handicapper, but the gelding could be ready to return for this year’s running in April.

The weights for this year’s Grand National were announced on Tuesday and Tiger Roll, aiming to equal Red Rum’s record of three wins at Aintree on April 9, has been give a rating of 161 and a weight of 11st 4lb.

With this mark 5lb lower than 12 months ago, Elliott has now revealed his charge could be given another chance to triumph for the third time.

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“He is in very good form at home,” he said, as quoted by Racing Post. “We will see how Cheltenham goes but he has got a nice weight so the Grand National could be on the agenda.

“The ground was too soft the last day for him and he is coming to himself at home. To have a horse like him is a dream come true but to win two Grand Nationals with him has just been awesome and I’m very lucky to have him.

“I do think there is still a bit more in him and we are certainly not finished yet.”

Defending champion Minella Times has been given the same rating and weight as Tiger Roll and is 14/1 to claim the spoils for the second year running, while Conflated (20/1) and Galvin (16/1) are joint top-weight at 11st 10lb.

A total of 104 horses remain in the hunt for Grand National glory at this stage, though this will be whittled down in the coming weeks before the final 40 are declared for the prestigious race.

2022 Grand National weights: Top 15

1 Conflated, 11st 10lb (167)
2 Galvin, 11st 10lb (167)
3 Melon, 11st 6lb, (163)
4 Chris’s Dream, 11st 5lb (162)
5 Franco De Port, 11st 4lb (161)
6 Minella Times, 11st 4lb (161)
7 Tiger Roll, 11st 4lb (161)
8 Chantry House, 11st 3lb (160)
9 Delta Work, 11st 3lb (160)
10 Any Second Now, 11st 2lb (159)
11 Easysland, 11st 2lb (159)
12 Run Wild Fred, 11st 1lb (158)
13 Battleoverdoyen, 11st (157)
14 Brahma Bull, 11st (157)
15 Lostintranslation, 11st (157)

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