The legendary Tiger Roll wrote himself into Grand National history when winning the 2018 renewal on this day three years ago.
Following his Cheltenham Festival success a month earlier, the Irish star completed another successful English invasion when carrying 10st 13lbs to victory in the Merseyside feature under Davy Russell in what would prove to be the first of two wins in the race.
At odds of 10-1, Denise Foster’s gelding, trained at the time by Gordon Elliot, held on valiantly to deny Pleasant Company by a head in a frenetic finale of the contest, finishing well clear of stable-mate Bless The Wings.
It was the Tiger’s second spin around the Liverpool track, following an underwhelming effort at the course over hurdles two years prior.
But over the National fences, he made no mistake in landing the odds, albeit with heart-in-mouth in the dying strides as David Mullins and Pleasant Company fought back in the final furlong.
Twelve months later would be a far more easier experience for backers and punters alike, though, as Tiger Roll made history in becoming the first horse since Red Rum to win the infamous event in successive attempts.
Connections opted not to run him in this year’s National due to an unfair weight, and he would finish fourth in the Betway Bowl behind Clan Des Obeaux.