Thousands turn out for Tiger Roll's homecoming

2019 Grand National Winner Tiger Roll with trainer Gordon Elliott during the parade through Summerhill County Meath Ireland

2019 Grand National Winner Tiger Roll with trainer Gordon Elliott during the parade through Summerhill County Meath Ireland

The two-times Grand National victor, who on Saturday became the first horse since Red Rum 45 years ago to defend the world's greatest steeplechase, is well on his way to becoming a national treasure.

Becoming the first horse since Red Rum in 1974 to win back-to-back Grand Nationals, the Gordon Elliot trained nine-year-old stud has been branded 'racing's rockstar' and the 'punters dream'.

"I don't get upset very often. but this is unbelievable" said Elliott, who was winning his third Grand National. To come here (and celebrate) two years in a row is great - this is a great community, everyone gets on well, so it's great to see a big crowd here.

Davy Russell rode the 4-1 favorite to victory again to emulate the feat of Red Rum in 1973 and '74.

Lawrence Lyons, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: "Hats off to our Offaly customer who is toasting Tiger Roll's Grand National victory more than most".

"For his sake and for the sake of the race, I really wouldn't want to bring him back shouldering huge lumps of weight".

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"I give away free drinks every time we win the Grand National - it probably won't happen for another 45 years!"
The win ensured that the diminutive horse is the first victor of two consecutive Grand Nationals in almost fifty years.

Owner Michael O'Leary, the head of budget airline Ryanair, also would not commit, although he revelled in having a horse mentioned alongside Red Rum and, with his renowned competitiveness in business, a third tilt may prove irresistible.

"I would be strongly of the view that if he was to win the cross-country in Cheltenham next year for a third time - which would be his fifth win in Cheltenham - I would see no reason not to retire him at that point in time and let him go out on a high".

'We won't rule it out.

"As far as the National is concerned, Tiger Roll's win goes down as one of the biggest blows we have ever suffered".

Of the other fancied horses topweight Anibale Fly made a bad mistake towards the end of the first circuit and ran on to finish fifth with the 2017 victor One For Arthur sixth.

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