Youghal jockey Russell is ready to Roll again at the Grand National

Youghal jockey Russell is ready to Roll again at the Grand National
Tiger Roll ridden by jockey Davy Russell wins last year. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

YOUGHAL jockey Davy Russell will ride Tiger Roll in Saturday's Randox Health Grand National at Aintree and last year's winner is set to go off as one of the shortest-priced favourites in the history of the race.

The brilliant Tiger Roll could be on the verge of adding his name to the sporting elite, as he will look to rewrite the history books once again if managing to secure a second Grand National success this weekend.

The world-famous Red Rum is the most successful horse in the race's history, winning the Grand National three times: in 1973, 1974 and 1977, and Tiger Roll would be seeking to join a list of just four horses who have managed to win it back-to-back.

Generally a 4-1 chance for Saturday's showpiece, the Gordon Elliott-trained runner has come in for strong market support over the last few weeks.

Picture: David Davies/PA Wire
Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

"Davy Russell rides Tiger Roll, Keith Donoghue rides Outlander and Paddy Mullins is on Don Poli," Gordon Elliott said.

"Jamie Codd rides Mala Beach, Dounikos is Jack Kennedy, Denis O'Regan rides A Toi Phil - and Noble Endeavor is Mark Enright.

"Sean Bowen will ride Monbeg Notorious, Andrew Ring is on Blow By Blow, JJ Slevin rides General Principle, Robbie Power is on Jury Duty, Luke Dempsey on Folsom Blue and Robbie Dunne is on Bless The Wings."

"I couldn't be happier with them and I'm looking forward to running them all and hopefully we'll get a bit of luck.

"They are in good order, and obviously our main chance is with Tiger Roll again.

"I don't know if he can do it again - everybody that has ever watched the Grand National knows that you need a lot of luck in the race - but I do know I couldn't be happier with the horse since (his win in the Glenfarclas Chase at) Cheltenham."

The record of the shortest-priced winning favourite in the history of the race is still carried by Poethlyn at 11/4, back in 1919. Tiger Roll would need some further considerable backing to fall to that sort of price, but the son of Authorized is expected to prove very popular among the normal punter.

The Grand National was first run in 1839, the course over which the race is run features much larger fences than those found on conventional National Hunt tracks.

Many of these, particularly Becher's Brook, The Chair and the Canal Turn, have become famous in their own right and, combined with the distance of the event, create what has been called "the ultimate test of horse and rider".

The race itself will get underway at 5.15pm on Saturday and one thing is for sure is that the Youghal jockey will have high hopes of making it back to back victories in the race of the year.

Picture: David Davies/PA Wire
Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

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