Top weight Tiger still to qualify

A total of 92 runners remain entered in the Grand National which will be run with a safety limit of 40

A total of 92 runners remain entered in the Grand National which will be run with a safety limit of 40

The other Grand National victor among the entries, One For Arthur, is set to carry 10st 2lb - a rating of 148, which is the same as his winning mark in 2017.

Tiger Roll and fellow coworker Delta Work, with respective qualifications of 170, have received a maximum weight of 11o 10lb for the Randox Health Grand National 2020 in Aintree on Saturday, April 4, whose details are revealed today.

With a prize fund of £1 million, the Randox Health Grand National is the world's richest Jump race and takes place for the 173rd time this year at 5.15pm on day three of the Randox Health Grand National Festival.

Trained by Gordon Elliott, Tiger Roll is looking to become the first horse to win the Grand National in three straight years.

Bookmakers Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National, make him the 13/2 favourite for the marathon over the famous spruce fences.

Martin Greenwood, the British Horseracing Authority's senior steeplechase handicapper, has acceded to O'Leary's wish for "compression" at the top of the weights, but only by 1lb for Tiger Roll - nowhere near what O'Leary perceives as the average compression - and he would have to run off a rating of 170.

"This year, 73% of the horses entered are in the handicap".

The locally-bred horse won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2018 - he will aim for another next month - and has won in excess of £1m for his connections.

Also with an eyecatching mark is last season's Irish Grand National victor Burrows Saint for Ireland's champion trainer Willie Mullins.

And Vintage Clouds - a first fence faller a year ago - is 30th with 10st 8lb following his fine win in last month's Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock. Nickel Coin in 1951 is the most recent mare to win the Aintree spectacular. The different mares engaged are Shattered Love (Gordon Elliott IRE, 10st 6lb), Atalanta Ablaze (Henry Daly, 9st 13lb), Cabaret Queen (Willie Mullins IRE, 9st 13lb). His rating of 148 is the same as he carried in 2017. A high-profile example would be Cadmium, a Topham Chase victor. The J.P McManus owned 8-year old will carry 10st 6lb should he run in what would be his first attempt around the Liverpool track.

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No horse has ever won three consecutive Grand Nationals, and Gigginstown racing manager Eddie O'Leary is still casting doubt on whether or not Tiger Roll will race at Aintree.

"This choice was made basically on two elements - historic compression which was introduced in by Phil Smith and has been used for the final 10 years or so".

"Tiger Roll is a very, very special horse - but is he a Gold Cup horse?"

However, the focus last night was on Tiger Roll.

"He is therefore coming down 2lbs and carries the same weight as Suny Bay did when he was second in the 1998 Grand National".

Elliott was more accepting of Tiger Roll's rating.

What is far more important at this present time is that he gets through Sunday at Navan okay and then comes out of Cheltenham and the Cross Country race in one piece.

"Delta Work is our Gold Cup horse and the handicapper thinks Tiger Roll is as good as him, that makes no sense to me at all".

Whilst he might run in the Boyne Hurdle at Navan (Sunday, 14 February), he nonetheless has to run in a chase to qualify. There are about 15 horses in total who now do not qualify because they have not run over fences this season or have not yet finished in the first four in a race of more than 23 and a half years in their career.A high-profile example would be Cadmium, a victor of Topham Chase.

O'Leary insists he has no problem with Tiger Roll being joint topweight alongside his Irish Gold Cup-winning Gordon Elliott-trained stable companion Delta Work. Other horses in direction of the highest embody Bristol de Mai and Native River.

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