It’s not very often that a horse becomes a global celebrity, but that is exactly what has happened with Tiger Roll, the legendary horse that became the fifth one in history to win two Grand Nationals last year.
This monumental feat has put Tiger Roll as a firm favorite to win the next Grand National in April this year, where he will be returning to the most famous event in the world of horse racing to attempt to secure the crown for the third year running.
If Tiger Roll achieves this feat, he will be tied with the legendary Red Rum, the record-holding horse who won three Grand National races back in the 1970s. If you’re following the Grand National this year and looking for a horse to stake a bet on, here is everything you need to know about Tiger Roll.
1. The Horse, The Rider, The Owner, and The Trainer
Tiger Roll is a nine-year-old Irish-bred thoroughbred whose father was Montjeu, a legendary french racehorse that won the Prix du Jockey Club and the Irish Derby during his lengthy career. Although never setting foot on the Grand National track prior to his 2018 win, Tiger Roll had previously won the Cheltenham Festival a staggering four times.
He is owned by the billionaire Irish business magnate behind the RyanAir airline, Michael O’ Leary. His rider is the battle-hardened 38-year-old jockey Davy Russel, who had won the Grand National with a different horse previously before taking the reigns of Tiger Roll. He is trained by George Elliot, a career trainer who has guided countless horses to victory in the past.
2. Odds for 2020
With these impressive stats, it’s clear that Tiger Roll is going to be a fan favorite at the 2020 Grand National. According to the latest Grand National betting odds, Tiger Roll currently stands at a healthy 5/1, putting him miles ahead of his closest competitors and securing his place as a firm favorite. His closest competitors include formidable opponents such as Definitely Red, One for Arthur, and Magic of Light. However, it’s worth noting that we are still some time away from the actual event, meaning that anything could happen to tip the scales in the other direction.
3. What to Know Before Betting
Before placing all of your money of Tiger Roll, there are a few things worth bearing in mind. Firstly, there are already some warning signs that things might not be so rosy for Tiger Roll this time around. It was recently revealed that the horse, which has a seven-figure value, was admitted for surgery to remove a bone chip from one of its leg joints – never a good sign before a major race. In addition, the odds of a two-time winner bagging a third victory, are historically slim-to-none, with only one other horse in history ever achieving the feat – Red Rum. These are important things to bear in mind before betting on Tiger Roll.
The Grand National will be upon us before we know it. However Tiger Roll performs this year, he’ll undoubtedly give us the show of a lifetime.