Tiger Roll in 'great nick' and expected to be ready for date with Aintree Grand National destiny
Tiger Roll roared to successive Grand National successes last April and the dream is well and truly alive of an unprecedented hat-trick this spring after Gordon Elliott revealed that 'the people's horse' is recovering as expected from injury.
Doubts were cast over whether the ten-year-old would make it back in time for Aintree this year, and his date with destiny, having had a chip removed from a joint in November but Elliott is delighted with his progress.
The Meath trainer insists that it is full steam ahead with Tiger Roll back cantering and he is confident that the Authorized gelding will also take in the Cheltenham Festival en route to Aintree as he bids for three-in-a-row in the Cross Country Chase.
He landed the Boyne Hurdle at Navan (February 16) in preparation for Cheltenham last year and the Cullentra handler also has hopes that the four-time Cheltenham Festival winner may follow suit once again this year.
"Tiger Roll is in great nick and he is back cantering away. I've been very happy with him and with the way he has progressed over the last few weeks," Elliott told the Racing Post.
"It is hard to know whether he will make the Boyne Hurdle at Navan. He could be back in time for it, you never know, but we will see how the next few weeks go.
"He will definitely make Cheltenham, that's for sure. He's very well at the moment and I couldn't be happier with him."
No horse has ever landed three Aintree Grand Nationals in succession and Tiger Roll is no bigger than 7/1 to join the mighty Red Rum as a three-time winner after a positive bulletin from Elliott.