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Wednesday 24 July 2019

Elliott's Tiger Roll heads record Irish entry for Aintree showpiece

Last year's winner Tiger Roll is one 112 initial entries for the Aintree Grand National, which, with a prize fund of £1m, is the world’s most valuable jumps race. Stock photo: AFP/Getty Images
Last year's winner Tiger Roll is one 112 initial entries for the Aintree Grand National, which, with a prize fund of £1m, is the world’s most valuable jumps race. Stock photo: AFP/Getty Images

Thomas Kelly

Last year's winner Tiger Roll is one 112 initial entries for the Aintree Grand National, which, with a prize fund of £1m, is the world's most valuable jumps race.

Tiger Roll provided Gordon Elliott with a second Grand National triumph, narrowly denying the Willie Mullins-trained Pleasant Company in a thrilling and Irish-dominated finish.

There is likely to be a strong raiding party once again, with Tiger Roll and Pleasant Company among a record 47 Irish-trained entries - up from the previous highest number of 40 in 2018.

Tiger Roll is a best-priced 25/1 joint-favourite to become the first horse since the legendary Red Rum to win back-to-back renewals.

Elliott, who first claimed National glory with Silver Birch in 2007, is the trainer with the most entries this year - with last year's third Bless The Wings, recent Thyestes Chase runner-up Alpha Des Obeaux and 2018 Irish Grand National hero General Principle among his 22 contenders.

In addition to Pleasant Company, Mullins has nine other entries including Irish National runner-up Isleofhopendreams, Rathvinden - winner of the National Hunt Chase at last year's Cheltenham Festival - and Total Recall.

Jessica Harrington has two entries - useful dual-purpose mare Magic Of Light and Sandymount Duke, which is owned by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood.

Entries with proven form over the Grand National fences include Robert Walford's Becher Chase winner Walk In The Mill and the Colin Tizzard-trained Ultragold, which has won Aintree's Topham Chase in each of the last two years.

Tizzard has five entries in total, with his quintet also including Welsh Grand National victor Elegant Escape.

Weights for the race will be unveiled at Liverpool's iconic Cunard Building on February 12.

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