BREAKING NEWS – Tiger Roll will not be one of the declared runners in the Irish Grand National – He will run in the Betway Bowl at Aintree next Thursday.
Connections have the next assignment for Tiger Roll will be at Aintree but after deciding against an Aintree Grand National hat-trick bid claiming an unfair appraisal from the British handicapper its Thursdays race.
O’Leary said: “He goes to Aintree for the Bowl. He came out of Cheltenham in great form.
“Red Rum won his third Grand National when he was 12, after he was dropped seven pounds, but I suppose Tiger will have to wait until he’s 17 to try and win his third by the way the English handicapper is carrying on.”
He added: “The handicapper is totally wrong and he has lost Tiger Roll and Easysland from the Grand National. This isn’t just about Tiger Roll anymore.”
Asked if there would be a serving of humble pie should Tiger Roll land the Bowl, O’Leary said: “There is no humble pie, he is rated completely wrong. Okay, if he wins it, we will say we are wrong but we have no regrets.”
Latest Exhibition, Sempo and The Big Dog are battling it out to go off favourite for the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday after final declarations were revealed on Friday morning.
The race sponsors have given cash back to punters who backed Tiger Roll this week after connections decided to send the dual Grand National winner to the Aintree Bowl, leaving three co-favourites at the head of a highly competitive market.
The Big Dog, a Grand National trial winner at Punchestown in February, has shorted into 7/1 from 9/1 and joins Joseph O’Brien’s Sempo and the Paul Nolan-trained Latest Exhibition as co-favourites, while Thyestes runner-up Run Wild Fred is in the mix for Denise Foster at 8/1.
Willie Mullins broke his BoyleSports Irish Grand National duck in style with a 1-2-3 in the most recent renewal and his best chance is currently being given to recent recruit Agusta Gold, who is now also an 8/1 shot having opened up at 14/1 last week.
BoyleSports are now paying seven places each-way on the race with the tape to be lifted at 5.00pm on Monday.
Leon Blanche, Head of Communications for BoyleSports said: “We are thrilled with the final list of entries and it looks like a wide-open contest now. Latest Exhibition and Sempo have both been well backed over the past week and with The Big Dog joining them at 7/1 from 9/1 on Friday morning, it really is all to play for with plenty of eyes on that €400,000 prize fund.”
BoyleSports Irish Grand National
7/1 Latest Exhibition
7/1 The Big Dog
8/1 Run Wild Fred
8/1 Agusta Gold
12/1 Coko Beach
12/1 Escaria Ten
12/1 Home By The Lee
12/1 Off You Go
16/1 Court Maid
16/1 Top Moon
16/1 Espanito Bello
20/1 Scoir Mear
20/1 Brace Yourself
20/1 Ten Ten
22/1 School Boy Hours