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'We'll be training him back for the National' -Tiger Roll to be aimed at 2021 as Gordon Elliott backs cancellation

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Tiger Roll has won the last two Aintree Grand Nationals. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Tiger Roll has won the last two Aintree Grand Nationals. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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Tiger Roll has won the last two Aintree Grand Nationals. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

The dream is still very much alive for Tiger Roll with Gordon Elliott insisting that the people's horse will be aimed at the 2021 Aintree Grand National after this year's renewal was cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Tiger Roll had been set for his date with destiny on April 4 as the loveable chaser attempted to rewrite the history books and become the first horse to claim three successive victories in the Liverpool showpiece but those plans were shelved last night when Aintree took the decision to abort the meeting.

Elliott has given his full support for the cancellation. "It is disappointing but everyone has to do what's right to get everything back on track. We're all on the one team, you know," he told BBC Radio 4 this morning.

The Meath trainer will target Tiger Roll – which was second in last week's Cross Country Chase as his hat-trick bid at the Cheltenham Festival was foiled by French raider Easysland – at next year's Aintree showpiece where he will try to secure his third Grand National success as an 11-year-old.

"There is every chance of him competing and he hasn't got that many miles on the clock, and we will be training him back for the Grand National again," the Cullentra handler said of the Michael O'Leary-owned 10-year-old.

"He's in good form and he was all set for the National but unfortunately we're only one of 40 horses. And so we've just got to keep going. You're training horses day by day, never mind year by year, so I'll be taking things day by day.

"There's a lot of water to go under the bridge by then. This is the Grand National, how can you be confident of victory, but we like to have a few runners in the race and we were really looking forward to it. All we can do is dream so you never know what might happen."

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