Only one other horse can claim to have had a dominance at the Grand National that exceeds Tiger Roll, but Red Rum’s record of three successes in that race looks to be in grave danger this year as the irrepressible Tiger Roll can emulate that success.
All roads are leading to Aintree for the ten-year-old. We haven’t seen the Gordon Elliott trained horse for nearly a year now, with his late run coming in last year’s Grand National success. However, it is expected that he will take the same route to Aintree again this year, with a run at the Cheltenham festival before the April event.
The Cheltenham festival is often the preferred route for horses looking to achieve success at Aintree. Tiger Roll has been no different over recent years, with the Cross Country Chase being his race for the last four years. However, it is important to notice that this hasn’t always been a happy stomping ground for Tiger Roll.
His last defeat of any description came in the Cross-Country back in 201
That was a staggering feat considering that Josies Orders was the last horse to beat it just four months earlier. The Cross Country Chase is the perfect way to understand the conditioning of Tiger Roll ahead of Aintree, and he is already set to start the race as the heavy favourite.
Of course, the Grand National is very similar to the Twinspires.com Kentucky Derby odds in terms of its unpredictable nature, and this year’s event promises to be no different. Tiger Roll will likely be starting the race as the heavy favourite, with punters hopeful of seeing history made. However, there will still be stern competition from other runners in the field.
This seven-year-old is likely to be the best placed next favourite after Tiger Roll. He has been in strong form throughout the season as he has won four of his six starts over the last 12 months. It is still unclear at present whether the Grand National could be his preferred route, as he may instead fancy a different race at Aintree. The fact that he has never run over National fences may also go against him in the eyes of the gamblers.
The former Gold Cup winner could be looking to join a select few that have won both the prestigious races throughout their career. Native River has enjoyed an excellent season to this point by winning both of his starts. However, it is unlikely that Native River will be running in the Grand National despite being one of the bookmaker’s favourites. The preferred route for Colin Tizzard will likely be the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival, and it is incredibly unlikely that he will run in both the Gold Cup and Grand National in the space of three weeks.
It would be a remarkable achievement if it does that, but punters shouldn’t be placing any bets on Native River until they know what route he will be going down.
Magic Of Light
Experience over the Grand National fences is essential when considering a horse to bet on, and Magic Of Light boasts that experience. He finished second in last year’s race, and since then he has won on both his previous appearances at Newbury and Ascot.
He could be a popular pick with punters, and his performance last season would give punters hope that he could go one better.