THE people of Youghal will be out in force, as the seaside town welcomes the Grand National-winning combination of Tiger Roll and Cork jockey Davy Russell, for a special celebration gathering on Friday at 6pm.
Tiger Roll, Russell and trainer Gordon Elliott made it back-to-back wins in the world’s most famous steeplechase, when triumphing in the Aintree showpiece, earlier this month.
The Gigginstown House Stud-owned runner became the first horse since Red Rum in 1974 to win the great race for a second time.
In March, the nine-year-old gelding added a second Cross Country Chase success at the Cheltenham Festival to his remarkable career CV, which now includes four wins at the Festival and two victories in the Aintree Grand National.
Having been paraded in front of a crowd numbering ‘thousands’ at winning-trainer Elliott’s home village of Summerhill, Co Meath, last week – and having since made an appearance on the Late Late Show on RTÉ last Friday night – it’s now the turn of the victorious jockey’s hometown to put on a special welcome for the son of Authorized.
On Friday, Tiger Roll, Russell and the team will descend on Barry’s Lane in Youghal, at 6pm.
From there, they will march on to Green Park, where their victory parade will culminate.
It is a golden opportunity for locals to see not only a Grand National winner, but a history maker and one of the most remarkable equine stars of the century, up close, on their doorstep, celebrated alongside one of Youghal’s most successful sports stars.