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Tiger Roll tops 89 contenders still on course for Randox Health Grand National

Press Release 26th February 2020 Aintree

Tiger Roll heads 89 remaining entries for the £1-million Randox Health Grand National following yesterday’s scratchings deadline, details of which are revealed today.

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The 2020 edition of the world’s greatest and most valuable chase takes place at Aintree on Saturday, 4 April, the third and final day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival.

Tiger Roll (11st 10lb) is the 11/2 favourite with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, as he continues his quest for an unprecedented third consecutive Randox Health Grand National victory.

The 10-year-old made a promising reappearance in the G2 Boyne Hurdle at Navan on 16 February, finishing fifth, and is due to line up next in the  Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on 11 March. Tiger Roll won the Cheltenham contest in both 2018 and 2019 before going on to Randox Health Grand National success.

Tiger Roll’s trainer Gordon Elliott accounts for 15 remaining entries in total, the most of any handler, with Alpha des Obeaux (10st 13lb) and Galway Plate victor Borice (10st) also among his team.

A formidable Irish challenge is also set to feature Irish Grand National hero Burrows Saint (10st 10lb), one of seven contenders for Willie Mullins, and recent Naas G3 scorer Any Second Now (Ted Walsh, 10st 6lb).

Last year’s Randox Health Grand National second Magic Of Light (10st 12lb), trained by Jessica Harrington, posted a rare below part effort when last in the Boyne Hurdle. That came on the back of easy victories against her own sex in a Listed chase at Newbury in December and a G2 hurdle at Ascot in January.

Magic Of Light, who is bidding to become the first mare to win Aintree spectacular since Nickel Coin in 1951, could be joined stable companion Jett (10st 13lb). He has backed up his victory in a G3 chase at Punchestown in October with a series of good efforts, most recently when fourth in the G1 Irish Gold Cup on 2 February.

Harrington said: “Magic Of Light is in good form. She wasn’t as slick at her hurdles in Navan, but I think the ground was just too heavy for her.

“The Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham was an option, but the race looks very competitive – she would have been taking on two talented mares in Benie des Dieux and Honeysuckle if they run. With that in mind, she will go straight to Aintree.

“She has a nice weight for Aintree and we are looking forward to taking her back there.

“Jett is our other contender for the Grand National and the plan would be to run him, provided the ground is suitable.

“He prefers better ground to testing conditions, but he has run some fine races in defeat this season.

“I have been delighted with him and think there is plenty more to come from him.

“He stays very well and is a good jumper and has plenty of tactical speed.”

The leading British-trained hopes, according to the betting, are last year’s fourth Walk In The Mill (Robert Walford) and Kimberlite Candy (Tom Lacey), who are both set to carry 10st 4lb.

Walk In The Mill landed the G3 Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase over the Grand National course for the second successive year in December, while Kimberlite Candy, runner-up in the Becher, impressed when taking the G3 Classic Handicap Chase at Warwick in January.

Dual Grand National-winning trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has seven remaining entries to choose from, with his team headed by multiple G1 victor Bristol de Mai (11st 8lb) and Ballyoptic (10st 11lb), who looked as good as ever when landing a Listed handicap chase at Ascot on 15 February.

There will be more Aintree pointers this weekend with the likes of Definitly Red (Brian Ellison, 10st 10lb), Beware The Bear (Nicky Henderson, 11st), Now McGinty (Stuart Edmunds, 10st 1lb) and Le Breuil (Ben Pauling, 9st 13lb) set to contest either Kelso’s Listed Premier Chase or Doncaster’s Grimthorpe Handicap Chase.

Other leading contenders going forward include Welsh Grand National victor Potters Corner (Christian Williams, 10st 6lb) and wide margin G3 Bobbyjo Chase scorer Acapella Bourgeois (Willie Mullins IRE, 10st 6lb).

Dalko Moriviere (Jerome Larrigade FR, 9st 13lb), one of two French-trained entries, remains engaged.

A maximum of 40 runners can line up for the 2020 Randox Health Grand National, with the next scratchings stage on Tuesday, 17 March.

Latest prices from Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival

11/2 Tiger Roll

10/1 Any Second Now

11/1 Burrows Saint

16/1 Kimberlite Candy, Magic of Light, Walk In The Mill

18/1 Le Breuil

20/1 Acapella Bourgeois, Definitly Red

22/1 Potters Corner

25/1 Anibale Fly, Ballyoptic, One For Arthur, Ramses de Teillee, Total Recall, Yala Enki

33/1 Alpha des Obeaux, Beware The Bear, Bristol de Mai, Dingo Dollar, Elegant Escape, Give Me A Copper, Hogan's Height, Ok Corral, Pleasant Company, Talkischeap, Traffic Fluide, Vintage Clouds

40/1 Atlanta Ablaze, Borice, Chef des Obeaux, Fitzhenry, Kildisart, Lake View Lad, Lord du Mesnil, Mall Dini, Takingrisks, The Storyteller, Top Ville Ben, Valtor

50/1 A Toi Phil, Class Conti, Cogry, Dragon d'Estruval, Fingerontheswitch, Jury Duty, Poker Party, Ravenhill, Regal Encore, Roaring Bull, Snugsborough Benny, Sub Lieutenant, The Hollow Ginge, Vieux Lion Rouge

66/1 Activial, Aso, Cabaret Queen, Dalko Moriviere, Dallas des Pictons, Death Duty, Dounikos, General Principle, Joe Farrell, Moonshine Bay, Now McGinty, Peregrine Run, Prince of Scars, Saint Xavier, Shattered Love, Spider Web, The Young Master, Tout Est Permis, Townshend, Warriors Tale

80/1 Crievehill, Jett, Monbeg Notorious, Out Sam, Romain de Senam

100/1 Ami Desbois, Disco d'Authie, Double Shuffle, Flying Angel, Kilfilum Cross, Scoir Mear, Singlefarmpayment, Soupy Soups

150/1 Outlander, Rathlin Rose

The Randox Health Grand National

Grade 3 handicap chase, £1 million total prize fund. Aintree, 5.15pm Saturday, April 4, 2020. 4m 2f 74yds over the Grand National fences. For seven-year-olds and upwards who, prior to March 17, have started in a 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 9. Horses which 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 9 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 (105 entries, 2 subsequently scratched), weights revealed February 11, first scratchings deadline February 25 (89 remain), second scratchings deadline March 17, five-day confirmations March 30, final declarations 10am April 2. Maximum field of 40 plus four reserves.

 

 

Horse

Age

Wgt

 

Owner

Trainer

1

Tiger Roll (IRE)

10

11-10

170

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

2

Bristol de Mai (FR)

9

11-08

168

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

3

Anibale Fly (FR)

10

11-02

162

J P McManus

Tony Martin IRE

4

Aso (FR)

10

11-02

162

The Bellamy Partnership

Venetia Williams 

5

Elegant Escape (IRE)

8

11-02

162

J P Romans

Colin Tizzard 

6

Top Ville Ben (IRE)

8

11-02

162

Harbour Rose Partnership

Philip Kirby 

7

Beware The Bear (IRE)

10

11-00

160

G B Barlow

Nicky Henderson 

8

Alpha des Obeaux (FR)

10

10-13

159

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

9

Jett (IRE)

9

10-13

159

G M McGrath

Jessica Harrington IRE

10

Peregrine Run (IRE)

10

10-13

159

V Byrne

Peter Fahey IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Total Recall (IRE)

11

10-13

159

Slaneyville Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

12

Magic of Light (IRE)

9

10-12

158

Ann & Alan Potts Limited

Jessica Harrington IRE

13

The Storyteller (IRE)

9

10-12

158

Mrs Pat Sloan

Gordon Elliott IRE

14

Ballyoptic (IRE)

10

10-11

157

Mills & Mason Partnership

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

15

Talkischeap (IRE)

8

10-11

157

Charles Dingwall

Alan King 

16

Yala Enki (FR)

10

10-11

157

Hills of Ledbury Ltd

Paul Nicholls 

17

Burrows Saint (FR)

7

10-10

156

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

18

Definitly Red (IRE)

11

10-10

156

Phil & Julie Martin

Brian Ellison 

19

Ok Corral (IRE)

10

10-09

155

J P McManus

Nicky Henderson 

20

Sub Lieutenant (IRE)

11

10-09

155

Gigginstown House Stud

Henry de Bromhead IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21

Tout Est Permis (FR)

7

10-09

155

Gigginstown House Stud

Noel Meade IRE

22

Crievehill (IRE)

8

10-08

154

Highclere T'Bred Racing- Crievehill

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

23

Jury Duty (IRE)

9

10-08

154

Sideways Syndicate

Gordon Elliott IRE

24

Lake View Lad (IRE)

10

10-08

154

Trevor Hemmings

Nick Alexander 

25

Vintage Clouds (IRE)

10

10-08

154

Trevor Hemmings

Sue Smith 

26

Pleasant Company (IRE)

12

10-07

153

Malcolm Denmark

Willie Mullins IRE

27

Acapella Bourgeois (FR)

10

10-06

152

Slaneyville Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

28

Any Second Now (IRE)

8

10-06

152

J P McManus

Ted Walsh IRE

29

Potters Corner (IRE)

10

10-06

152

All Stars Sports Racing & J Davies

Christian Williams 

30

Shattered Love (IRE)

9

10-06

152

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31

Death Duty (IRE)

9

10-05

151

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

32

Dounikos (FR)

9

10-05

151

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

33

Kildisart (IRE)

8

10-05

151

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Ben Pauling 

34

Ramses de Teillee (FR)

8

10-05

151

John White & Anne Underhill

David Pipe 

35

Double Shuffle (IRE)

9

10-04

150

Crossed Fingers Partnership

Tom George 

36

Kimberlite Candy (IRE)

8

10-04

150

J P McManus

Tom Lacey 

37

Saint Xavier (FR)

8

10-04

150

David Maxwell Racing Limited

Paul Nicholls 

38

Valtor (FR)

11

10-04

150

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nicky Henderson 

39

Walk In The Mill (FR)

10

10-04

150

Baroness Harding

Robert Walford 

40

Warriors Tale

11

10-04

150

Trevor Hemmings

Paul Nicholls 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

41

Chef des Obeaux (FR)

8

10-03

149

Sullivan Bloodstock Limited

Willie Mullins IRE

42

Class Conti (FR)

8

10-03

149

P Joubert

Willie Mullins IRE

43

Traffic Fluide (FR)

10

10-03

149

Galloping On The South Downs

Gary Moore 

44

One For Arthur (IRE)

11

10-02

148

Two Golf Widows

Lucinda Russell 

45

Romain de Senam (FR)

8

10-02

148

Chris Giles & Dan Macdonald

Paul Nicholls 

46

Snugsborough Benny (IRE)

10

10-02

148

R Loughnane

Liam Cusack IRE 

47

Dallas des Pictons (FR)

7

10-01

147

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

48

Give Me A Copper (IRE)

10

10-01

147

Done, Ferguson, Mason, Nicholls & Wood

Paul Nicholls 

49

Lord du Mesnil (FR)

7

10-01

147

Paul Porter

Richard Hobson 

50

Now McGinty (IRE)

9

10-01

147

The Garratt Family

Stuart Edmunds 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51

Poker Party (FR)

8

10-01

147

Robcour

Henry de Bromhead IRE

52

Takingrisks (IRE)

11

10-01

147

Frank Bird

Nicky Richards 

53

Borice (FR)

9

10-00

146

Simon Munir/Isaac Souede

Gordon Elliott IRE

54

Hogan's Height (IRE)

9

10-00

146

Foxtrot Racing: Hogan's Height

Jamie Snowden 

55

Regal Encore (IRE)

12

10-00

146

J P McManus

Anthony Honeyball 

56

Activial (FR)

10

9-13

145

Roger Brookhouse

Tom George 

57

Atlanta Ablaze

9

9-13

145

The Last Man Standing

Henry Daly 

58

Cabaret Queen

8

9-13

145

SyndicatesRacing

Willie Mullins IRE

59

Dalko Moriviere (FR)

7

9-13

145

Ecurie Sagara

Jerome Larrigade FR

60

Dragon d'Estruval (FR)

7

9-13

145

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nicky Henderson 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

61

Le Breuil (FR)

8

9-13

145

Mrs Emma Palmer

Ben Pauling 

62

Outlander (IRE)

12

9-13

145

GOWING'S ELEVEN

Richard Spencer 

63

A Toi Phil (FR)

10

9-12

144

Teme Valley 2

Gary Moore 

64

Cogry

11

9-12

144

Graham and Alison Jelley

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

65

Dingo Dollar (IRE)

8

9-12

144

M Warren J Holmes R Kidner & J Wright

Alan King 

66

Flying Angel (IRE)

9

9-12

144

R J Rexton

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

67

The Hollow Ginge (IRE)

7

9-12

144

The Ginge Army

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

68

The Young Master

11

9-12

144

Mike Burbidge & The Old Masters

Neil Mulholland 

69

Mall Dini (IRE)

10

9-11

143

Philip J Reynolds

Patrick Kelly IRE

70

Monbeg Notorious (IRE)

9

9-11

143

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

71

Fitzhenry (IRE)

8

9-10

142

J P McManus

Paul Nolan IRE

72

Joe Farrell (IRE)

11

9-10

142

M Sherwood, N Morris & J Turner

Rebecca Curtis 

73

Ravenhill (IRE)

10

9-10

142

Try Ravenhill Syndicate

Gordon Elliott IRE

74

Roaring Bull (IRE)

7

9-10

142

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

75

Townshend (GER)

9

9-10

142

J D Neild

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

76

Vieux Lion Rouge (FR)

11

9-10

142

Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent

David Pipe 

77

Ami Desbois (FR)

10

9-09

141

The Reserved Judgment Partnership

Graeme McPherson 

78

Moonshine Bay (IRE)

7

9-08

140

Ann & Alan Potts Limited

Jessica Harrington IRE

79

Out Sam

11

9-08

140

D Charlesworth

Gordon Elliott IRE

80

Fingerontheswitch (IRE)

10

9-07

139

Cahill, Atwell & Crofts

Neil Mulholland 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

81

Singlefarmpayment

10

9-07

139

N T Griffith & H M Haddock

Tom George 

82

Kilfilum Cross (IRE)

9

9-06

138

Andy Bell & Fergus Lyons

Henry Oliver 

83

Soupy Soups (IRE)

9

9-06

138

Equi ex Incertis Partners

Neil Mulholland 

84

General Principle (IRE)

11

9-05

137

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

85

Spider Web (IRE)

9

9-05

137

J P McManus

Tom Mullins IRE 

86

Scoir Mear (IRE)

10

8-12

130

J P McManus

Tom Mullins IRE 

87

Rathlin Rose (IRE)

12

8-10

128

Fergus Wilson

David Pipe 

88

Disco d'Authie (FR)

11

8-07

125

Mme Magalen Bryant

David Cottin FR 

89

Prince of Scars (IRE)

10

8-07

125

Simon Munir/Isaac Souede

Gordon Elliott IRE

 

89 entries remain

33 Irish-trained

2 French-trained

 

The following 16 horses have been scratched: Acting Lass (IRE), As de Mee (FR), Cadmium (FR), Champagne Classic (IRE), Chris's Dream (IRE), Delta Work (FR), Heron Heights (IRE), Missed Approach (IRE), Mister Whitaker (IRE), Native River (IRE), Noble Endeavor (IRE), Princeton Royale (IRE), Sizing John, Steely Addition (IRE), Voix du Reve (FR), Yorkhill (IRE)

 

Breakdown of entries by trainer with past successes in the Randox Health Grand National

 

15 entries

Gordon Elliott IRE (2007 Silver Birch, 2018 & 2019 Tiger Roll)

Tiger Roll 11-10

Alpha des Obeaux 10-13

The Storyteller 10-12

Jury Duty 10-08

Shattered Love 10-06

Death Duty 10-05

Dounikos 10-05

Dallas des Pictons 10-01

Borice 10-00

Monbeg Notorious 9-11

Ravenhill 9-10

Roaring Bull 9-10

Out Sam 9-08

General Principle 9-05

Prince of Scars 8-07

 

7 entries

Willie Mullins IRE (2005 Hedgehunter)

Total Recall 10-13

Burrows Saint 10-10

Pleasant Company 10-07

Acapella Bourgeois 10-06

Chef des Obeaux 10-03

Class Conti 10-03

Cabaret Queen 9-13

 

Nigel Twiston-Davies (1998 Earth Summit, 2002 Bindaree)

Bristol de Mai 11-08

Ballyoptic 10-11

Crievehill 10-08

Cogry 9-12

Flying Angel 9-12

The Hollow Ginge 9-12

Townshend 9-10

 

5 Entries

Paul Nicholls (2012 Neptune Collonges)

Yala Enki 10-11

Saint Xavier 10-04

Warriors Tale 10-04

Romain de Senam 10-02

Give Me A Copper 10-01

 

4 Entries

Nicky Henderson

Beware The Bear 11-00

Ok Corral 10-09

Valtor 10-04

Dragon d'Estruval 9-13

 

3 Entries

Tom George

Double Shuffle 10-04

Activial 9-13

Singlefarmpayment 9-07

 

Jessica Harrington IRE

Jett 10-13

Magic of Light 10-12

Moonshine Bay 9-08

 

Neil Mulholland

The Young Master 9-12

Fingerontheswitch 9-07

Soupy Soups 9-06

 

David Pipe (2008 Comply Or Die)

Ramses de Teillee 10-05

Vieux Lion Rouge 9-10

Rathlin Rose 8-10

 

2 Entries

Henry de Bromhead IRE

Sub Lieutenant 10-09

Poker Party 10-01

 

Alan King

Talkischeap 10-11

Dingo Dollar 9-12

 

Gary Moore

Traffic Fluide 10-03

A Toi Phil 9-12

 

Tom Mullins IRE

Spider Web 9-05

Scoir Mear 8-12

 

Ben Pauling                    

Kildisart 10-05

Le Breuil 9-13

 

1 Entry

Nick Alexander

Lake View Lad 10-08

 

David Cottin FR

Disco d'Authie 8-07

 

Rebecca Curtis

Joe Farrell 9-10

 

Liam Cusack IRE

Snugsborough Benny 10-02

 

Henry Daly

Atlanta Ablaze 9-13

 

Stuart Edmunds

Now McGinty 10-01

 

Brian Ellison

Definitly Red 10-10

 

Peter Fahey

Peregrine Run 10-13

 

Richard Hobson

Lord du Mesnil 10-01

 

Anthony Honeyball 

Regal Encore 10-00

 

Patrick Kelly IRE

Mall Dini 9-11

 

Philip Kirby

Top Ville Ben 11-02

 

Tom Lacey

Kimberlite Candy 10-04

 

Jerome Larrigade FR

Dalko Moriviere 9-13

 

Tony Martin IRE

Anibale Fly 11-02

 

Graeme McPherson

Ami Desbois 9-09

 

Noel Meade IRE

Tout Est Permis 10-09

 

Paul Nolan

Fitzhenry 9-10

 

Henry Oliver

Kilfilum Cross 9-06

 

Nicky Richards

Takingrisks 10-01

 

Lucinda Russell (2017 One For Arthur)

One For Arthur 10-02

 

Sue Smith (2013 Auroras Encore)

Vintage Clouds 10-08

 

Jamie Snowden

Hogan's Height 10-00

 

Richard Spencer

Outlander 9-13

 

Colin Tizzard

Elegant Escape 11-02

 

Robert Walford

Walk In The Mill 10-04

 

Ted Walsh IRE (2000 Papillon)

Any Second Now 10-06

 

Venetia Williams (2009 Mon Mome)

Aso 11-02

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