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Melissa Jones

Tiger Roll withdrawn from Grand National hat-trick by Giggingstown over unfair weight

Tiger Roll will not attempt a historic third win in the Randox Grand National, his owners have revealed.

Giggingstown House Stud believe that the 11-year-old, the winner of the race in 2018 and 2019, has been given an unfair weight.

The Gordon Elliott-trained chaser was set to race off a handicap mark 7lb higher than his last success in next month's Aintree marathon.

"We believe this is patently unfair, unjustified and does not reflect the horse's age or his form over the past two seasons," a Giggingstown spokesperson said.

Tiger Roll was the first horse to win back to back since Red Rum in the 1970s.

His bid to win three renewals in successive years had to abandoned in 2020 as the race was was replaced by a virtual contest during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gigginstown, run by Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary, said on Monday they would support Elliott after an image of him sitting on a dead horse went viral.

Tiger Roll ridden by Keith Donoghue jumps the last in the Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle at Navan (PA)

Tiger Roll was given a mark of 166 when the National weights were published last month, which would have seen him saddled with 11st 9lb on April 10.

He finished last on his most recent run on February 21, 65 lengths behind the winner in the Grade 2 Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle.

Gigginstown's statement added: "The handicapper has decided to rate him on his reputation than his form – which we fully accept is his prerogative – but we have a duty of care to Tiger.

"So we will not ask him to carry an unfair weight burden especially as he gets older and his form declines.

"We therefore regret to announce that Tiger Roll will be removed from the Grand National entries at Tuesday's forfeit stage.

"We hope he will run next as planned in the cross country race at Cheltenham, where we hope he will enjoy himself and run well.

"After that, we will consider his future wellbeing, which may involve retirement if his handicap mark is not adjusted to more fairly reflect his age and form over the past two seasons."

The Jonjo O'Neill-trained Cloth Cap is the 12-1 favourite for the National with bookmakers Paddy Power.

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