Grand National 2018 Fact Files
Randox Heath Grand National

Tiger Roll

Tiger Roll (IRE) 8-10-13
Breeding: b g Authorized - Swiss Roll (Entrepreneur)
Breeder: Gerry O'Brien
Born: March 14, 2010
Owner: Gigginstown House Stud
Trainer: Gordon Elliott IRE
Jockey: Davy Russell
Form: 121/71P6430/40/P114U2221331P-2P511

 Tiger Roll

*Won the 2018 Randox Health Grand National by a head in a thrilling finish.
 
*Three-time winner at the Cheltenham Festival, most recent last month in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase.
 
*Recorded other Cheltenham Festival victories in the 2017 G2 National Hunt Chase (4m) and the 2014 G1 JCB Triumph Hurdle (2m).
 
*Away from Cheltenham, his best performance saw him win the 2016 Munster National Handicap Chase (3m) by seven lengths at Limerick.
 
*Bought from Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation by trainer Nigel Hawke as an unraced three-year-old and subsequently scored on his hurdling debut at Market Rasen in September, 2013, after which he was purchased for £80,000 by Gigginstown House Stud.
 
Jump race record: Starts: 30; Wins: 9; 2nd: 5; 3rd: 3; Win & Place Prize Money: £800,446
 
Gigginstown House Stud
 
Gigginstown House Stud, covering 1,000 acres at Delvin near Mullingar, Co Westmeath, Ireland is the residence of Michael O'Leary, chief executive of Ryanair, Europe's largest budget airline. O'Leary was born on March 20, 1961, the second of six children, and educated at Clongowes Wood College in County Kildare before reading business studies at Trinity College Dublin. He was a tax consultant at accountants KPMG (1984-86) and became financial adviser to Tony Ryan, founder of Ryanair. He progressed to be Ryanair's deputy chief executive in 1991 and chief operating officer in 1993. He has overseen the rapid development of Ryanair since 1994 when he became chief executive, and his worth was valued at £850 million in the 2017 Sunday Times Rich List, thanks mainly to his significant shareholding in Ryanair. He has often been a controversial figure in business, thanks to outspoken opinions and a penchant for generating publicity. O'Leary started off with horses in training on the Flat with David Wachman and Mick Halford, but he has rapidly become a major Jump owner with a string only rivalled by fellow Irishman J P McManus. Gigginstown used to have many of its horse with Ireland's top Jump trainer, Willie Mullins, but took all 60 away in September, 2016 after a row over training fees. His team of well over 200 horses in training in Ireland, split between mainly Gordon Elliott, Henry de Bromhead, Noel Meade, Mouse Morris and Joseph O'Brien. His racing enthusiasm was boosted when one of his first horses, War Of Attrition, won the 2006 Cheltenham Gold Cup. His 26 Cheltenham Festival winners, boosted by seven at the 2018 four-day meeting in March (six trained by Elliott and one by de Bromhead), also include the 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Don Cossack. O'Leary won the Randox Health Grand National in 2016 with Rule The World, trained by Morris and previously without a win over fences. The horse was retired to Gigginstown after one more run. O'Leary's brother Eddie, based at Lynn Lodge Stud in Mullingar, oversees the Gigginstown racing operation; the young horses are brought along at Pat Doyle's County Tipperary stables and in point-to-points. Gigginstown has had retained jockeys, notably Davy Russell and Bryan Cooper, but neither lasted in the job. However, Russell has returned to ride plenty of Gigginstown horses, including two winners at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival. Gigginstown has owned three of the last four winners of the three mile, five furlong Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse, usually run two weeks before the Randox Health Grand National - Thunder And Roses (2015), Rogue Angel (2016) and General Principle (2018). O'Leary married former banker Anita (Farrell) in 2003 and they have four children. Tiger Roll gave him a second Randox Health Grand National win.
 
Randox Health Grand National Record: 2009 Hear The Echo (Fell 30th); 2012 Tharawaat (8th); 2014 Quito De La Roque (PU 21st); 2015 First Lieutenant (16th); 2016 RULE THE WORLD (WON), First Lieutenant (Fell 2nd), Sir Des Champs (Fell 15th); 2017 Roi Des Francs (18th), Rouge Angel (PU 30th), Wounded Warrior (PU 28th); 2018 TIGER ROLL (WON)............
 
Gordon Elliott IRE (Trim, County Meath)
 
Born:  March 2, 1978, in Summerhill, Co Meath Background: A very successful point-to-point rider, Elliott also partnered 46 winners as an amateur under Rules. He started his racing career while still at school, working at Tony Martin's stable in County Meath. He moved to Britain, joining Martin Pipe in 1997, and learnt a lot during his spell in Somerset. His biggest victory as a rider was on board King's Road, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, in the 1998 Punchestown Champion Bumper. After commencing handling point-to-pointers, he started his main training career from Capranny Stables in Trim, Co Meath in early 2006 and bought the 78-acre Cullentra House Farm, Longwood, Co Meath, in 2011, where the facilities have been built up from scratch, with a capacity of 200 horses, two gallops, three schooling grounds, an equine pool, a natural spa and more. The trainer has emerged over the last few seasons as the main challenger to Willie Mullins' dominance in Ireland and had a major boost when receiving the pick of 60 horses that Gigginstown House Stud removed from Mullins in September, 2016. Elliott is part of a select group of trainers to saddle a winner at both the Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot, having sent out Commissioned to land the Queen Alexandra Stakes at the prestigious Flat meeting in June, 2016. He also saddled Dirar to win the Ebor Handicap at York in 2010. Training Career: Elliott's first runner under Rules came at the 2006 Cheltenham Festival, when Brandon Mountain was pulled up in the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Handicap Hurdle. He continued to send runners over to the UK and enjoyed almost instant success, most notably with Arresting, who notched up four victories between May and July, 2006. Elliott's Grand National victory with Silver Birch in April, 2007 was remarkable not only because he was just 29 at the time, but also because he had yet to saddle a winner in his native country. The winners in Ireland soon followed and Elliott gained an initial G1 victory with Jessies Dream in the Drinmore Novice Chase in December, 2010, and celebrated his first Cheltenham Festival successes in 2011 with Chicago Grey in the National Hunt Chase and Carlito Brigante in the Coral Cup. His Cheltenham Festival haul now stands at 22 and includes Don Cossack's victory in the 2016 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup. He was the leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival for the first time in March, 2017 with six successes, the same number as Willie Mullins but had one more runner-up. Elliott plundered his second leading trainer award at this year's Festival following a remarkable record-equalling eight winners over the four days, emulating Mullins' best - eight wins at The Festival in 2015. One of the most talked about horses in Jump racing, Samcro, is currently trained by Elliott and justified the hype at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival with a dominant victory in the G1 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle. Last season was Elliott's most successful as he sent out 223 winners in Ireland and Britain, but he missed out on the Irish Jump trainers' championship on the final day of the season by less than €200,000. This season, Elliott has enjoyed his best tally of winners with 214 winners in Ireland and Britain and he leads Willie Mullins in the Irish Jump trainers' championship, 194 to 183 on March 28. He will set a new record for the number of winners in an Irish Jump season in 2017/18, having surpassed the previous best of 193 (set by Willie Mullins) at Downpatrick on March 25. For the second season in succession, Elliott emulated one of his mentors, Martin Pipe, as the only other Jump trainer to saddle more than 1,000 runners in a season. Tiger Roll gave him a second Randox Health Grand National win.
 
First winner as a trainer - Arresting, Fugro-Technip Handicap Hurdle, Perth, June 11, 2006.
 
Randox Health Grand National Record:  2007 SILVER BIRCH (WON); 2009 Silver Birch (FELL 22nd); 2010 Backstage (UR 20th); 2011 Backstage (10th); 2012 Tharawaat (8th), Chicago Grey (BD 5th); 2013 Tarquinius 8th, Chicago Grey (PU 30th); 2015 Cause Of Causes (8th); 2016 Ucello Conti (6th) 2017 Cause Of Causes (2nd), Roi Des Francs (18th), Ucello Conti (UR 22nd); 2018 TIGER ROLL (WON)............
 
Davy Russell
 
Born:    June 27, 1979 Background: Hails - like fellow Jump jockey Denis O'Regan - from Youghal in County Cork and progressed from pony racing to become one of Ireland's leading point-to-point riders, winning the championship outright in 2001 and sharing the title with J T McNamara in 2002. His first Aintree success came in 2000 when he rode, as an amateur, the Pat Fahy-trained Quadco to win the Champion National Hunt Flat Race at 33/1. The retirement of another one-time Irish point-to-point star, Adrian Maguire, saw him travel over to Britain as stable jockey to Yorkshire-based Ferdy Murphy and he turned professional on November 12, 2002, with his first success in that sphere coming on Inn Antique at Sedgefield on November 12. He enjoyed his first big success when Truckers Tavern won the 2003 Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock and the same horse went on to be second to Best Mate in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Russell lost his job as number one jockey to Murphy in January, 2004, after 14 months as he also wanted to continue riding in Ireland at weekends. He took the Topham Handicap Chase over the Grand National fences on 50/1 outsider Cregg House in 2005. He had his first Cheltenham Festival success in 2006 when Native Jack won the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase. Russell won the Irish jockeys' championship on two occasions (2011/12 & 2012/13). He was retained jockey to Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary, whose horses run in the maroon and white silks of Gigginstown House Stud, from 2007 until January 1, 2014, although he still rides regularly for the outfit as freelance. He has a great record at the Cheltenham Festival where his 22 winners include victory on Lord Windermere in the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup - he partnered four winners over the four days last month and was the leading rider at the meeting. He currently rides Britain and Ireland on a regular basis. He was the oldest of the 38 riders today at the age of 38 in the Randox Health Grand National and won on Tiger Roll.
 
Randox Health Grand National Record: 2003 Ballinclay King (PU bef 15th); 2004 Takagi (UR 15th); 2005 Arctic Copper (19th); 2006 Joes Edge (7th); 2007 Livingstone Bramble (UR 6th); 2008 Chelsea Harbour (9th); 2009 Hear The Echo (FELL 30th); 2010 Cerium (11th); 2011 Becauseicouldntsee (FELL 2nd); 2012 Alfa Beat (Fell 7th); 2014 Lion Na Bearnai (PU 27th); 2016 Morning Assembly (8th); 2017 Saint Are (3rd): 2018 TIGER ROLL (WON).

 

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