Tiger Roll aiming for back-to-back Grand National wins as 2019 entries revealed

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  • Tiger Roll is entered to defend his Randox Health Grand National title as contenders for the 2019 race are revealed.

    The pint-sized 2018 Grand National hero is joint favourite for April’s race with December’s Welsh Grand National winner Elegant Escape at 20/1.

    A total of 112 horses have been entered for the 172nd running of Aintree’s most famous race, including a record 47 Irish-trained horses. Of these, 40 will start over the course, of 30 obstacles run at a distance of four miles, two furlongs and 74 yards, on 6 April at 5.15pm.

    One For Arthur, who won in 2017, is among the others entered. Trainer Lucinda Russell said he is in “good form” .

    “He has been fine since Haydock [where he last ran on 19 January] and he will either run again at Haydock in the Grand National Trial (16 February) or go to Kelso. We are yet to make a decision,” she said. “Obviously, the long-term plan is to return to Aintree in April.”

    County Meath-based trainer Gordon Elliott, who trains Tiger Roll, has the most horses entered for this year’s race at 22.

    These include Bless The Wings, who finished third here last year, 2018 Irish Grand National Winner General Principle as well as Grade One winners Outlander and Shattered Love.

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    Willie Mullins, Ireland’s 12-time champion jump trainer who saddled 2005 Grand National winner Hedgehunter, has 10 entries. These include 2018 runner-up Pleasant Company as well as Isleofhopendreams, who finished second in last year’s Irish Grand National.

    The most successful British trainer in the race with horses entered is Gloucestershire-based Nigel Twiston-Davies.

    He saddled 1998 winner Earth Summit and 2002 champion Bindaree and has nine entered for 2019, headed by Go Conquer, Blaklion, Bristol De Mai and Ballyoptic.

    David Pipe and Colin Tizzard both have five entered each, with Neil Mulholland on four and Paul Nicholls with three.

    Aintree racecourse’s managing director John Baker said he is “thrilled” the race has “such a strong entry”.

    “The great race has attracted more entries that ever before from Ireland and it is a remarkable statistic that the record 47 Irish-trained horses amount to 42% of the total entries this year,” he said.

    “We are counting down until Tuesday, 12 February, when the weights for the 2019 Randox Health Grand National will be revealed at that great Liverpool landmark, the Cunard Building.”


    Grand National entries 2019 in alphabetical order

    Horse Age Owner Trainer
    A TOI PHIL (FR) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
    ABOLITIONIST (IRE) 11 M Albon, J A Provan & C E Stedman Dr Richard Newland
    ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS (FR) 9 Slaneyville Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
    ALLYSSON MONTERG (FR) 9 David Fox Richard Hobson
    ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
    AMERICAN (FR) 9 The Jago Family Partnership Harry Fry
    ANIBALE FLY (FR) 9 J P McManus Tony Martin IRE
    AUVERGNAT (FR) 9 J P McManus Enda Bolger IRE
    BACK TO THE THATCH (IRE) 7 M R & Mrs C J Barnwell Henry Daly
    BAIE DES ILES (FR) 8 Zorka Wentworth Ross O’Sullivan IRE
    BALLYARTHUR (IRE) 9 Graham and Alison Jelley Nigel Twiston-Davies
    BALLYDINE (IRE) 9 Alan Halsall Charlie Longsdon
    BALLYHILL (FR) 8 Simon Such & Gino Paletta Nigel Twiston-Davies
    BALLYOPTIC (IRE) 9 Mills & Mason Partnership Nigel Twiston-Davies
    BLACK CORTON (FR) 8 The Brooks, Stewart Families & Jeremy Kyle Paul Nicholls
    BLAKLION 10 Simon Such & Gino Paletta Nigel Twiston-Davies
    BLESS THE WINGS (IRE) 14 Adrian Butler/S P O’Connor Gordon Elliott IRE
    BLOW BY BLOW (IRE) 8 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
    BORICE (FR) 8 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Gordon Elliott IRE
    BRISTOL DE MAI (FR) 8 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nigel Twiston-Davies
    CALETT MAD (FR) 7 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nigel Twiston-Davies
    CALL IT MAGIC (IRE) 9 Zorka Wentworth Ross O’Sullivan IRE
    CAPTAIN REDBEARD (IRE) 10 Stuart Coltherd Stuart Coltherd
    CAROLE’S DESTRIER 11 Mrs C Skipworth Neil Mulholland
    COGRY 10 Graham and Alison Jelley Nigel Twiston-Davies
    DAKLONDIKE (IRE) 7 Prof Caroline Tisdall David Pipe
    DON POLI (IRE) 10 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
    DOUNIKOS (FR) 8 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
    EDWULF 10 J P McManus Joseph O’Brien IRE
    ELEGANT ESCAPE (IRE) 7 J P Romans Colin Tizzard
    EXITAS (IRE) 11 P Middleton & M Lowther Phil Middleton
    FACT OF THE MATTER (IRE) 9 The Sandylini Racing Partnership Jamie Snowden
    FOLSOM BLUE (IRE) 12 Core Partnership Gordon Elliott IRE
    GENERAL PRINCIPLE (IRE) 10 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
    GIVE ME A COPPER (IRE) 9 Done, Ferguson, Kyle, Mason & Wood Paul Nicholls
    GO CONQUER (IRE) 10 Paul & Clare Rooney Nigel Twiston-Davies
    HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE) 13 Cheveley Park Stud James Moffatt
    IMPULSIVE STAR (IRE) 9 Robert Waley-Cohen & Men Holding Neil Mulholland
    ISLEOFHOPENDREAMS 12 Kilbroney Racing Willie Mullins IRE
    JAROB 12 Chris Jones Gearoid O’Loughlin IRE
    JOE FARRELL (IRE) 10 M Sherwood, N Morris & R Curtis Rebecca Curtis
    JURY DUTY (IRE) 8 Sideways Syndicate Gordon Elliott IRE
    JUST A PAR (IRE) 12 M Scott James Moffatt
    KILCREA VALE (IRE) 9 Alan Spence Nicky Henderson
    KINGSWELL THEATRE 10 John J Murray Michael Scudamore
    LAKE VIEW LAD (IRE) 9 Trevor Hemmings Nick Alexander
    LIEUTENANT COLONEL 10 G Thompson Sophie Leech
    LIVELOVELAUGH (IRE) 9 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
    LOOKING WELL (IRE) 10 David Wesley Yates Nicky Richards
    MAGIC OF LIGHT (IRE) 8 Ann & Alan Potts Limited Jessica Harrington IRE
    MALA BEACH (IRE) 11 Chris Jones Gordon Elliott IRE
    MALL DINI (IRE) 9 Philip J Reynolds Patrick Kelly IRE
    MASTER DEE (IRE) 10 Paul & Clare Rooney Fergal O’Brien
    MEASUREOFMYDREAMS (IRE) 11 T Howley Jnr/A J O’Ryan/D McDonnell Gordon Elliott IRE
    MILANSBAR (IRE) 12 Robert Bothway Neil King
    MINELLA ROCCO (IRE) 9 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill
    MISSED APPROACH (IRE) 9 Alan & Andrew Turner Warren Greatrex
    MONBEG NOTORIOUS (IRE) 8 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
    MORNEY WING (IRE) 10 The Steeple Chasers Charlie Mann
    MR DIABLO (IRE) 10 Aidan Glynn Philip Dempsey IRE
    MS PARFOIS (IRE) 8 M R Chapman Anthony Honeyball
    NED STARK (IRE) 11 Noel Moran & Valerie Moran Gordon Elliott IRE
    NOBLE ENDEAVOR (IRE) 10 Chris Jones Gordon Elliott IRE
    ONE FOR ARTHUR (IRE) 10 Two Golf Widows Lucinda Russell
    OUT SAM 10 D Charlesworth Gordon Elliott IRE
    OUTLANDER (IRE) 11 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
    PAIROFBROWNEYES (IRE) 10 Fibbage Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
    PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE) 11 Malcolm Denmark Willie Mullins IRE
    POLIDAM (FR) 10 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Willie Mullins IRE
    POTTERS CORNER (IRE) 9 All Stars Sports Racing & J Davies Christian Williams
    RAMSES DE TEILLEE (FR) 7 John White & Anne Underhill David Pipe
    RATHLIN ROSE (IRE) 11 Fergus Wilson David Pipe
    RATHVINDEN (IRE) 11 Ronnie Bartlett Willie Mullins IRE
    RED INFANTRY (IRE) 9 Rob Little Ian Williams
    REGAL ENCORE (IRE) 11 J P McManus Anthony Honeyball
    ROCK THE KASBAH (IRE) 9 Diana Whateley Philip Hobbs
    ROGUE ANGEL (IRE) 11 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
    ROYAL VACATION (IRE) 9 Jean Bishop Colin Tizzard
    SANDYMOUNT DUKE (IRE) 10 Ronnie Wood Jessica Harrington IRE
    SCOIR MEAR (IRE) 9 J P McManus Thomas Mullins IRE
    SHANTOU VILLAGE (IRE) 9 Mrs Jane Gerard-Pearse Neil Mulholland
    SHATTERED LOVE (IRE) 8 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
    SINGLEFARMPAYMENT 9 N T Griffith & H M Haddock Tom George
    SIZING CODELCO (IRE) 10 Ann & Alan Potts Limited Colin Tizzard
    SKIPTHECUDDLES (IRE) 8 TyroneForSam Graeme McPherson
    SOME NECK (FR) 8 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
    SPLASH OF GINGE 11 John Neild Nigel Twiston-Davies
    STEP BACK (IRE) 9 Cracker and Smodge Partnership Mark Bradstock
    SUB LIEUTENANT (IRE) 10 Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead IRE
    TEA FOR TWO 10 Jane Williams & Len Jakeman Jane Williams
    THE DUTCHMAN (IRE) 9 SprayClad UK Colin Tizzard
    THE LAST SAMURI (IRE) 11 Paul & Clare Rooney Harry Fry
    THE STORYTELLER (IRE) 8 Mrs Pat Sloan Gordon Elliott IRE
    THE YOUNG MASTER 10 Mike Burbidge & The Old Masters Neil Mulholland
    TIGER ROLL (IRE) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
    TOTAL RECALL (IRE) 10 Slaneyville Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
    TRAFFIC FLUIDE (FR) 9 Galloping On The South Downs Partnership Gary Moore
    ULTRAGOLD (FR) 11 Brocade Racing J P Romans Terry Warner Colin Tizzard
    UP FOR REVIEW (IRE) 10 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
    VALSEUR LIDO (FR) 10 Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead IRE
    VALTOR (FR) 10 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson
    VAN GOGH DU GRANIT (FR) 10 Fergus Wilson David Pipe
    VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR) 10 Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent David Pipe
    VIEUX MORVAN (FR) 10 M L Bloodstock Limited Joseph O’Brien IRE
    VINTAGE CLOUDS (IRE) 9 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith
    WALK IN THE MILL (FR) 9 Baroness Harding Robert Walford
    WARRIORS TALE 10 Trevor Hemmings Paul Nicholls
    WESTERNER POINT (IRE) 10 Thade Quill Syndicate Eoghan O’Grady IRE
    WILLIE BOY (IRE) 8 Kate & Andrew Brooks Charlie Longsdon
    WOODS WELL (IRE) 8 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
    YALA ENKI (FR) 9 Hills of Ledbury (Aga) Venetia Williams
    ZIGA BOY (FR) 10 Axom LI Alan King


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