The Randox Health Grand National
Grade 3 Handicap,
Aintree 17:15
£1,000,000 total prize fund,
7yo plus, 4m 3f 110y, Class 1   
Saturday 13th April 2019

2018 victor Tiger Roll made an encouraging return to action when a staying-on fourth in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase over three miles and six furlongs at Cheltenham on November 16.
 
He is set to return to Cheltenham for the £35,000 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase over the same course and distance on Friday, December 14.
 
A tilt at the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at The Festival™ presented by Magners in March is his main aim before a repeat bid in the Randox Health Grand National on Saturday, April 6.
 
Tiger Roll will bid to become the first horse since Red Rum (1973 & 1974) to win a second running of the world’s most famous and richest chase over four and a quarter miles.
 

Tiger Roll, Davy Russell and Gordon Elliott
 
Trainer Gordon Elliott commented: “Tiger Roll is in good form. We are very lucky to have him and it was a great performance last year in the Randox Health Grand National.
 
“The main plan with him is to target the Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. He will run at Cheltenham next week at The International in the Cross Country Chase and I’ve been pleased with him since his latest run at the track.
 
“The Cross Country race at the Cheltenham Festival is going to be his Gold Cup really. We will then head to the Randox Health Grand National after that.
 
“I was pleased with his comeback run. He gave lots of weight to some very good horses, Keith Donoghue was happy with him and I probably minded him a bit more this year, as I thought I had him fitter than I actually did. It was a very good run and he took a couple of blows after the race.
 
“Having won three races at the Cheltenham Festival and winning a Grand National, I probably went a bit soft on him in terms of the amount of work we did, so we will make sure we give him lots of work.
 
“Tiger Roll is a special horse. He is not the biggest horse we have in the yard and he might not be that great to look at, but he wears his heart on his sleeve every day of the week.
 
“If I am going to be perfectly honest, it is going to be very tough for him to come back and win the race as he will probably have close to top-weight and that will be difficult for him.
 
“He will run and have an each-way chance, but I do think it’s going to be tough with all the weight he will have.
 
“You always hope that these horses take to the fences, but you never really know if they will until they’ve jumped three or four of them.

Free Horse Racing Tips from Betting Gods

Two potential 2019 Randox Grand National entries were successful at Cheltenham on Saturday November 18, writes Martin Greenwood in the BHA Handicappers blog.

Rock The Kasbah, like many from his stable this season, returned to his very best by scoring in the long-distance handicap, possibly dossing late but always holding his rivals, including the returning Coneygree who showed he is no back number at the age of 11 in finishing third off a mark of 160.

Rock The Kasbah
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Rock The Kasbah

Rock The Kasbah had previously won three times over fences, all at Chepstow, and his new mark of 153 will definitely guarantee a run should connections choose to go down the National route.

Ibis du Rheu
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Ibis du Rheu

Conversely Ibis du Rheu scored for the first time over the larger obstacles when beating the bold-jumping Theatre Territory and the slightly disappointing hotpot The Worlds End in the novice around half an hour earlier.

Ibis du Rheu was having his eighth race as a chaser, most of them in handicaps, and he was another returning to his best (147). Given the bottom weight in the 2018 National was 142, then Ibis du Rheu would be a likely runner if his rating stays roughly the same between now and February when the weights are compiled. Theatre Territory will remain on a mark of 132 as I have to ignore his 139 performance in this race due to the restrictions placed on non-winners in novice chases, while The Worlds End is worth another chance to prove he will be a force to be reckoned with in the very best staying novice chases this season.

Randox Health Grand National 2018
Grade 3, £1,000,000 Total Prize Fund.
Four miles, three and a half furlongs.
38 ran

Going: Heavy, Soft in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Tiger Roll (IRE) 10/1 D N Russell
10-13
G Elliott 8
2nd hd Pleasant Company (IRE) 25/1 D J Mullins
10-11
W P Mullins 10
3rd 11 Bless The Wings (IRE) 40/1 J W Kennedy
10-6
G Elliott 13
4th nk Anibale Fly (FR) 10/1 B J Geraghty
11-8
A J Martin 8
5th 21 Milansbar (IRE) 25/1 Bryony Frost
10-6
N B King 11
6th 12 Road To Riches (IRE) 33/1 S W Flanagan
10-5
N Meade 11
7th 7 Gas Line Boy (IRE) 25/1 R T Dunne
10-11
Ian Williams 12
8th 4 Valseur Lido (FR) 66/1 K M Donoghue
11-7
H de Bromhead 9
9th ¾ Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) 25/1 T Scudamore
10-13
D Pipe 9
10th ¾ Raz De Maree (FR) 20/1 R M Power
10-9
G P Cromwell 13
11th 29 Seeyouatmidnight 11/1 B Hughes
10-12
A M Thomson 10
12th Baie Des Iles (FR) 16/1 Ms K Walsh
10-8
Ross O'Sullivan 7
PU 26 Thunder And Roses (IRE) 33/1 J J Slevin
10-5
M F Morris 10
PU 26 The Last Samuri (IRE) 16/1 David Bass
11-8
K C Bailey 10
PU 29 Total Recall (IRE) 7/1f P Townend
11-5
W P Mullins 9
PU 26 Shantou Flyer (IRE) 20/1 James Bowen
11-2
Richard Hobson 8
PU 26 Tenor Nivernais (FR) 66/1 T J O'Brien
11-1
Miss V Williams 11
PU RUN IN Carlingford Lough (IRE) 33/1 M P Walsh
11-1
J E Kiely 12
PU 17 Delusionofgrandeur (IRE) 50/1 Henry Brooke
10-5
Mrs S J Smith 8
PU 15 Chase The Spud 25/1 P J Brennan
10-12
F M O'Brien 10
PU 29 Warriors Tale 33/1 Sean Bowen
10-12
P F Nicholls 9
PU 18 Maggio (FR) 66/1 Brendan Powell
10-8
P Griffin 13
PU 29 Pendra (IRE) 80/1 Aidan Coleman
10-8
C E Longsdon 10
PU RUN IN Childrens List (IRE) 66/1 J J Burke
10-8
W P Mullins 8
PU 29 Double Ross (IRE) 66/1 Thomas Bellamy
10-6
N A Twiston-Davies 12
F 15 Alpha Des Obeaux (FR) 33/1 Rachael Blackmore
11-4
M F Morris 8
F 1 Perfect Candidate (IRE) 50/1 A P Cawley
11-3
F M O'Brien 11
F 6 I Just Know (IRE) 14/1 Danny Cook
10-8
Mrs S J Smith 8
F 6 Virgilio (FR) 50/1 Harry Skelton
10-8
D Skelton 9
F 6 Houblon Des Obeaux (FR) 25/1 Charlie Deutsch
10-7
Miss V Williams 11
UR 8 Final Nudge (IRE) 33/1 G Sheehan
10-6
David Dennis 9
UR 23 The Dutchman (IRE) 20/1 Harry Cobden
10-11
C L Tizzard 8
UR 27 Ucello Conti (FR) 16/1 D A Jacob
10-10
G Elliott 10
UR 8 Buywise (IRE) 50/1 Adam Wedge
10-8
Evan Williams 11
UR 8 Lord Windermere (IRE) 50/1 A E Lynch
10-7
J H Culloty 12
UR 7 Captain Redbeard (IRE) 20/1 Sam Coltherd
10-7
W Coltherd 9
BD 1 Blaklion 14/1 Sam Twiston-Davies
11-10
N A Twiston-Davies 9
BD 15 Saint Are (FR) 50/1 C Gethings
10-10
T R George 12
NR Regal Encore (IRE) R P McLernon
10-13
A J Honeyball 10
NR Walk In The Mill (FR) Mr S Waley-Cohen
10-4
R Walford 8