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Favourite Tiger Roll among 100 remaining entries for 2019 Randox Health Grand National

Press Release 27th February 2019 Aintree

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 – Last year’s winner Tiger Roll headlines 100 remaining contenders, following yesterday’s scratchings’ deadline, for the £1-million Randox Health Grand National, details of which are revealed today.

 

The 2019 Randox Health Grand National takes place at Aintree at 5.15pm on Saturday, April 6, day three of the Randox Health Grand National Festival. This year sees the 172nd running of the great chase, the most valuable run anywhere in the world.

 

Tiger Roll (Gordon Elliott IRE, 11st 1lb) defeated Pleasant Company (Willie Mullins IRE, 10st 11lb, 25/1 with Betway) by a head in 2018 and the nine-year-old is aiming to become the first multiple winner of the Randox Health Grand National since the great Red Rum (1973, 1974 & 1977).

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Tiger Roll is the 11/1 favourite with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, following an impressive victory in the G2 Boyne Hurdle at Navan on February 17.

 

Gordon Elliott has 21 entries going forward, the most of any trainer, with his team also including 2018 Irish Grand National hero General Principle (10st, 25/1) and recent Punchestown Grand National Trial victor Dounikos (10st 10lb, 33/1).

 

Last season’s G2 National Hunt Chase winner Rathvinden (10st 10lb, 14/1) heads the nine Willie Mullins-trained runners after scoring decisively on his seasonal reappearance in the G2 Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse on February 23. Ireland’s champion Jump trainer, successful with Hedgehunter in 2005, has also left in Up For Review (10st 2lb, 25/1), an eye-catching third in the Thyestes Handicap Chase on his latest start.

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Ireland’s hand is strengthened further by last year’s fourth Anibale Fly (Tony Martin IRE, 11st 6lb, 25/1), who was second in the G2 Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park earlier this month, and Cheltenham Festival scorer Mall Dini (Pat Kelly IRE, 10st 4lb, 25/1).

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This season’s Welsh Grand National victor Elegant Escape (Colin Tizzard, 11st 4lb) is the shortest-priced British-trained contender with Betway at 20/1. Elegant Escape is on course to run next in the G1 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, which is also set to feature Randox Health Grand National top-weight Bristol De Mai (Nigel Twiston-Davies, 11st 10lb, 33/1).

 

The 2017 Randox Health Grand National hero One For Arthur (Lucinda Russell, 10st 10lb, 33/1), who was unable to defend his crown last year due to injury, could clash with Lake View Lad (Nick Alexander, 10st 11lb, 33/1), Mala Beach (Gordon Elliott IRE, 10st 12lb, 50/1) and Black Corton (Paul Nicholls, 10st 11lb, 50/1) in the Listed Premier Chase at Kelso this weekend.

 

Blaklion (10st 12lb, 33/1) finished fourth behind One For Arthur in 2017 and was considered a leading contender last year, only to be brought down at the first fence. The 10-year-old, formerly trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, last week joined North Yorkshire trainer Philip Kirby after being purchased by Darren & Annaley Yates.

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Blaklion ran with promise on his final start for Twiston-Davies when fifth over hurdles in a Pertemps Network Final qualifier at Haydock Park on February 16.

 

Kirby said: “Blaklion has been great since arriving at the yard – he seems very straightforward.


“We have not done any fast work with him, but all of his steady work has been great and he seems very happy with himself.

 

“We are going to finalise a plan over the coming days. He has entries at Cheltenham but, although nothing is certain at this stage, I would probably say he won’t go given the way the ground is going to be.

 

“He looks fairly handicapped for the Grand National and is entitled to go there with a fair chance.”

 

A maximum of 40 runners can line up for the 2019 Randox Health Grand National, with the next scratchings’ stage on Tuesday, March 19.

 

The 2019 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree runs from Thursday, April 4 to Saturday, April 6.

 

Randox Health Grand National – Betway odds:

 

11/1 Tiger Roll

 

14/1 Rathvinden

 

20/1 Elegant Escape

 

25/1 Anibale Fly, General Principle, Give Me A Copper, Mall Dini, Pleasant Company, Rock The Kasbah, Step Back, Up For Review, Vintage Clouds, Walk In The Mill

 

33/1 Abolitionist, Blaklion, Bristol De Mai, Captain Redbeard, Dounikos, Lake View Lad, Minella Rocco, Ms Parfois, One For Arthur, Ramses De Teillee, Royal Vacation, Total Recall, Traffic Fluide, Ultragold, Valtor

 

40/1 bar

 

Each-Way: 1/4 odds, 1-2-3-4

 

Randox Health Grand National

Grade 3 handicap chase, £1 million total prize fund. Aintree, 5.15pm Saturday, April 6, 2019. 4m 2f 74y over the Grand National fences. For seven-year-olds and upwards who, up to and including March 19 have started in a steeple chase during the current season and been placed first, second, third or fourth in a chase with an official distance description of' two miles seven and a half furlongs' or more at any time during the horse's career, Horses must also be allotted a rating of 125 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 10. Horses who are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at closing may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse's racecourse performances up to and including February 10 would merit a minimum rating of 125. To qualify, horses must have run at least three times in chases run under the Rules of Racing of the same Recognised Racing Authority up to and including February 10. At the Handicapper's discretion, such horses may be allocated a rating. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final. Entries closes January 29, entries revealed January 30 (112 entries - 2 not qualified), weights revealed February 12, first scratchings deadline February 26 (100 remain), second scratchings deadline March 19, five-day confirmations April 1, final declarations 10am April 4. Maximum field of 40 plus four reserves.

 

Horse

Age

Wgt

Rating

Owner

Trainer

1)

BRISTOL DE MAI (FR)

8

11-10

168

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nigel Twiston-Davies

2)

ANIBALE FLY (FR)

9

11-06

164

J P McManus

Tony Martin IRE

3)

ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR)

9

11-04

162

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

4)

ELEGANT ESCAPE (IRE)

7

11-04

162

John Romans

Colin Tizzard

5)

THE STORYTELLER (IRE)

8

11-03

161

Pat Sloan

Gordon Elliott IRE

6)

VALTOR (FR)

10

11-02

160

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nicky Henderson

7)

EDWULF

10

11-01

159

J P McManus

Joseph O'Brien IRE

8)

TIGER ROLL (IRE)

9

11-01

159

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

9)

OUTLANDER (IRE)

11

11-00

158

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

10)

DON POLI (IRE)

10

10-13

157

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11)

SUB LIEUTENANT (IRE)

10

10-13

157

Gigginstown House Stud

Henry de Bromhead IRE

12)

GO CONQUER (IRE)

10

10-13

157

Paul & Clare Rooney

Nigel Twiston-Davies

13)

MALA BEACH (IRE)

11

10-12

156

Chris Jones

Gordon Elliott IRE

14)

YALA ENKI (FR)

9

10-12

156

Hills of Ledbury (Aga)

Venetia Williams

15)

BLAKLION

10

10-12

156

Darren & Annaley Yates

Philip Kirby

16)

MINELLA ROCCO (IRE)

9

10-11

155

J P McManus

Jonjo O'Neill

17)

LAKE VIEW LAD (IRE)

9

10-11

155

Trevor Hemmings

Nick Alexander

18)

BLACK CORTON (FR)

8

10-11

155

The Brooks, Stewart Families & Jeremy Kyle

Paul Nicholls

19)

PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE)

11

10-11

155

Malcolm Denmark

Willie Mullins IRE

20)

BALLYOPTIC (IRE)

9

10-11

155

Mills & Mason Partnership

Nigel Twiston-Davies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21)

AMERICAN (FR)

9

10-10

154

The Jago Family Partnership

Harry Fry

22)

DOUNIKOS (FR)

8

10-10

154

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

23)

RATHVINDEN (IRE)

11

10-10

154

Ronnie Bartlett

Willie Mullins IRE

24)

TRAFFIC FLUIDE (FR)

9

10-10

154

Galloping On The South Downs Partnership

Gary Moore

25)

ONE FOR ARTHUR (IRE)

10

10-10

154

Two Golf Widows

Lucinda Russell

26)

SHATTERED LOVE (IRE)

8

10-10

154

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

27)

SIZING CODELCO (IRE)

10

10-10

154

Ann & Alan Potts Limited

Colin Tizzard

28)

TOTAL RECALL (IRE)

10

10-10

154

Slaneyville Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

29)

ROCK THE KASBAH (IRE)

9

10-09

153

Diana Whateley

Philip Hobbs

30)

WARRIORS TALE

10

10-09

153

Trevor Hemmings

Paul Nicholls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31)

REGAL ENCORE (IRE)

11

10-08

152

J P McManus

Anthony Honeyball

32)

ROYAL VACATION (IRE)

9

10-08

152

Jean Bishop

Colin Tizzard

33)

MAGIC OF LIGHT (IRE)

8

10-07

151

Ann & Alan Potts Limited

Jessica Harrington IRE

34)

A TOI PHIL (FR)

9

10-07

151

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

35)

MASTER DEE (IRE)

10

10-07

151

Paul & Clare Rooney

Fergal O'Brien

36)

JURY DUTY (IRE)

8

10-07

151

Sideways Syndicate

Gordon Elliott IRE

37)

THE LAST SAMURI (IRE)

11

10-06

150

Paul & Clare Rooney

Harry Fry

38)

NOBLE ENDEAVOR (IRE)

10

10-06

150

Chris Jones

Gordon Elliott IRE

39)

SANDYMOUNT DUKE (IRE)

10

10-06

150

Ronnie Wood

Jessica Harrington IRE

40)

MONBEG NOTORIOUS (IRE)

8

10-06

150

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

41)

RAMSES DE TEILLEE (FR)

7

10-05

149

John White & Anne Underhill

David Pipe

42)

TEA FOR TWO

10

10-05

149

Jane Williams & Len Jakeman

Jane Williams

43)

MALL DINI (IRE)

9

10-04

148

Philip Reynolds

Patrick Kelly IRE

44)

DAKLONDIKE (IRE)

7

10-04

148

Prof Caroline Tisdall

David Pipe

45)

STEP BACK (IRE)

9

10-03

147

Cracker and Smodge Partnership

Mark Bradstock

46)

ULTRAGOLD (FR)

11

10-03

147

Brocade Racing John Romans Terry Warner

Colin Tizzard

47)

MS PARFOIS (IRE)

8

10-02

146

Martyn Chapman

Anthony Honeyball

48)

SOME NECK (FR)

8

10-02

146

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

49)

PAIROFBROWNEYES (IRE)

10

10-02

146

Fibbage Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

50)

BLOW BY BLOW (IRE)

8

10-02

146

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51)

SINGLEFARMPAYMENT

9

10-02

146

Neal Griffith & Heather Haddock

Tom George

52)

VALSEUR LIDO (FR)

10

10-02

146

Gigginstown House Stud

Henry de Bromhead IRE

53)

UP FOR REVIEW (IRE)

10

10-02

146

Andrea & Graham Wylie

Willie Mullins IRE

54)

VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR)

10

10-02

146

Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent

David Pipe

55)

ABOLITIONIST (IRE)

11

10-01

145

Mark Albon, John Provan & Chris Stedman

Dr Richard Newland

56)

GIVE ME A COPPER (IRE)

9

10-01

145

Done, Ferguson, Kyle, Mason & Wood

Paul Nicholls

57)

LIVELOVELAUGH (IRE)

9

10-00

144

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

58)

FOLSOM BLUE (IRE)

12

10-00

144

Core Partnership

Gordon Elliott IRE

59)

WILLIE BOY (IRE)

8

10-00

144

Kate & Andrew Brooks

Charlie Longsdon

60)

GENERAL PRINCIPLE (IRE)

10

10-00

144

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

61)

VINTAGE CLOUDS (IRE)

9

10-00

144

Trevor Hemmings

Sue Smith

62)

WALK IN THE MILL (FR)

9

10-00

144

Baroness Harding

Robert Walford

63)

CAPTAIN REDBEARD (IRE)

10

9-13

143

Stuart Coltherd

Stuart Coltherd

64)

BLESS THE WINGS (IRE)

14

9-13

143

Adrian Butler & Stephen O'Connor

Gordon Elliott IRE

65)

BALLYHILL (FR)

8

9-13

143

Simon Such & Gino Paletta

Nigel Twiston-Davies

66)

POLIDAM (FR)

10

9-13

143

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Willie Mullins IRE

67)

JUST A PAR (IRE)

12

9-12

142

Mark Scott

James Moffatt

68)

THE YOUNG MASTER

10

9-12

142

Mike Burbidge & The Old Masters

Neil Mulholland

69)

BAIE DES ILES (FR)

8

9-12

142

Zorka Wentworth

Ross O'Sullivan IRE

70)

EXITAS (IRE)

11

9-12

142

Phil Middleton, Mark Lowther

Phil Middleton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

71)

JOE FARRELL (IRE)

10

9-12

142

Mark Sherwood, Nigel Morris & Rebecca Curtis

Rebecca Curtis

72)

ISLEOFHOPENDREAMS

12

9-12

142

Kilbroney Racing

Willie Mullins IRE

73)

SHANTOU VILLAGE (IRE)

9

9-12

142

Jane Gerard-Pearse

Neil Mulholland

74)

RED INFANTRY (IRE)

9

9-12

142

Rob Little

Ian Williams

75)

COGRY

10

9-10

140

Graham and Alison Jelley

Nigel Twiston-Davies

76)

OUT SAM

10

9-10

140

Danny Charlesworth

Gordon Elliott IRE

77)

FACT OF THE MATTER (IRE)

9

9-10

140

The Sandylini Racing Partnership

Jamie Snowden

78)

BALLYDINE (IRE)

9

9-10

140

Alan Halsall

Charlie Longsdon

79)

VIEUX MORVAN (FR)

10

9-10

140

M L Bloodstock Limited

Joseph O'Brien IRE

80)

MR DIABLO (IRE)

10

9-09

139

Aidan Glynn

Philip Dempsey IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

81)

KINGSWELL THEATRE

10

9-09

139

John J Murray

Michael Scudamore

82)

IMPULSIVE STAR (IRE)

9

9-09

139

Robert Waley-Cohen & Men Holding

Neil Mulholland

83)

MILANSBAR (IRE)

12

9-08

138

Robert Bothway

Neil King

84)

CAROLE'S DESTRIER

11

9-08

138

Carole Skipworth

Neil Mulholland

85)

SPLASH OF GINGE

11

9-07

137

John Neild

Nigel Twiston-Davies

86)

MEASUREOFMYDREAMS (IRE)

11

9-07

137

T Howley Jnr/A J O'Ryan/D McDonnell

Gordon Elliott IRE

87)

BORICE (FR)

8

9-07

137

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Gordon Elliott IRE

88)

ZIGA BOY (FR)

10

9-07

137

Axom LI

Alan King

89)

KILCREA VALE (IRE)

9

9-05

135

Alan Spence

Nicky Henderson

90)

WOODS WELL (IRE)

8

9-05

135

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

91)

HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE)

13

9-05

135

Cheveley Park Stud

James Moffatt

92)

CALL IT MAGIC (IRE)

9

9-05

135

Zorka Wentworth

Ross O'Sullivan IRE

93)

LOOKING WELL (IRE)

10

9-03

133

David Wesley Yates

Nicky Richards

94)

BACK TO THE THATCH (IRE)

7

9-02

132

M R & Mrs C J Barnwell

Henry Daly

95)

POTTERS CORNER (IRE)

9

9-02

132

All Stars Sports Racing & Jonathan Davies

Christian Williams

96)

MORNEY WING (IRE)

10

8-13

129

The Steeple Chasers

Charlie Mann

97)

NED STARK (IRE)

11

8-12

128

Noel Moran/Valerie Moran

Gordon Elliott IRE

98)

RATHLIN ROSE (IRE)

11

8-12

128

Fergus Wilson

David Pipe

99)

VAN GOGH DU GRANIT (FR)

10

8-11

127

Fergus Wilson

David Pipe

100)

SCOIR MEAR (IRE)

9

8-11

127

J P McManus

Thomas Mullins IRE

                         

 

100 entries remain

42 Irish-trained

 

THE FOLLOWING 10 HORSES HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED: ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS (FR), ALLYSSON MONTERG (FR), AUVERGNAT (FR), BALLYARTHUR (IRE), CALETT MAD (FR), JAROB, MISSED APPROACH (IRE), ROGUE ANGEL (IRE), THE DUTCHMAN (IRE), WESTERNER POINT (IRE)

 

SKIPTHECUDDLES (IRE) & LIEUTENANT COLONEL not qualified

 

About Aintree Racecourse / The Jockey Club

Aintree is home to The Randox Health Grand National, the most famous horse race in the world which is the climax to a three-day Festival meeting in April every year. The racecourse hosts five other fixtures and is a leading conference centre in the north west of England.

 

More information is available at aintree.thejockeyclub.co.uk

 

Aintree is part of The Jockey Club which stages thrilling sporting occasions including The Randox Health Grand National, The Cheltenham Festival and The Investec Derby. Millions of people every year enjoy the special experiences we offer through racing, music, food and entertainment. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny we make goes back into British Racing to help the sport thrive. We were founded in 1750 and today we are the largest commercial group in Britain's second-biggest spectator sport, operating 15 racecourses nationwide, The National Stud, Jockey Club Estates, Jockey Club Catering, Jockey Club Live and our charity, Racing Welfare.

 

For more information visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk

 

For further information please contact:

 

Grant Rowley, Regional Communications Manager, The Jockey Club (North West) on 07884 655990 or email: Grant.Rowley@thejockeyclub.co.uk

 

Jessica Dalgliesh, Senior Communications Executive, The Jockey Club (North West) on 07464 491507 or email: Jessica.Dalgliesh@thejockeyclub.co.uk

 

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