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ON THIS DAY: Tiger Roll Lands First National Success in 2018

Gigginstown secured a second Grand National success via Tiger Roll three years ago today

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Tiger Roll ridden by jockey Davy Russell (right) wins the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase ahead of Pleasant Company ridden by jockey David Mullins during Grand National Day of the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse

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.

T3509E AINTREE, Liverpool, UK. 6th Apr, 2019. Tiger Roll winner of the 2019 Randox Grand National ridden by D N Russell. He becomes the first horse to since Red Rum 45 years ago to win the hurdles event race back-to-back. 40 runners, 30 fences and more than four-and-a-quarter miles, the National is the ultimate test for horses and riders.
Tiger Roll is a five-time winner at the Cheltenham Festival and two-time winner of the Grand National

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.

WATCH: TIGER ROLL LANDS THE 2018 GRAND NATIONAL [CREDIT: RACING TV]

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.

WATCH: TIGER ROLL EMULATES RED RUM IN WINNING THE GRAND NATIONAL TWO YEARS IN A ROW [CREDIT: RACING TV]

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.

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