Saturday 21 April 2018

WATCH: A hero's return for Grand National winner Tiger Roll in Summerhill village, Co. Meath

Gordon Elliott and Tiger Roll soaked up the plaudits as the Grand National heroes were treated to a rapturous welcome in the village of Summerhill, Co Meath, yesterday.

The trainer's pride and joy paraded down the main street surrounded by a couple of hundred people, in company with stable-mates Bless The Wings, who was third, and General Principle, who landed the Irish Grand National on Easter Monday.

"It's unbelievable and it's only sinking in now when you get home and see all your family, friends and the crowd here in Summerhill," Elliott said.

"It's some buzz and it'll be a long night. He's been a super little horse, I'm very proud of him.

"We have good staff at home and Gerry Kelly, the vet, did a lot of work with him and also the physios. Everyone has done a great job with him.

"The girls will tell you he's a bit like a tiger at home. He can be in very good form or very bad.

"In fairness, he's allowed to be in bad form as much as he wants because he's a great horse."

Tiger Roll is looked after at Elliott's yard by Louise Magee, who said: "It was amazing, something you dream about, just fantastic.

Heart

"We stood over in the middle of the track, so we could see the big screen, and it was a good spot to watch it.

"He's unbelievable. Everyone goes on about his size, but I think it's just all about his heart, he has just so much heart and leaves nothing behind.

"He's a star. He's grumpy, but very lovable. He's a little character. He'd let you know if he didn't want you in the stable. He's a funny little quirky horse, but he's lovely.

"I've had fantastic times, especially this year, and rode a winner for Gordon [in the Up The Yard Challenge Race] and also had Don Cossack, but this is amazing.

"I've looked after the likes of Tiger Roll, Don Cossack and Bayan.

"I've some really good memories of some really good horses," she added.

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