Punters start to consider Tiger Roll for 2021 Grand National

Tiger Roll still on a Grand National hattrick

Horse Racing Betting

The Grand National 2020 has been wiped out. That is due to the coronavirus outbreak, of course. But that hasn’t stopped punters getting behind Tiger Roll for next year’s renewal.

After the disappointment of not being able to see him go for the hattrick of Grand National wins this April, punters are already looking forward.

Tiger Roll can be backed at 25/1 currently to win the Grand National 2021* (betting odds taken from William Hill at 08:14 GMT on Thursday 19th March 2020).

Chasing Red Rum’s record

Red Rum famously won the Grand National three times during his remarkable career. However, Tiger Roll is in a position to top that. Beating what the great trainer Ginger McCain did with the equally great Red Rum, would be astonishing.

The first two wins that Red Rum took were in 1973 and 1974. He was denied a straight hat-trick as he was beaten into second place by L’Escargot in 1975. The following year Red Rum had to settle for second again, this time behind Rag Trade.

But then that elusive third Grand Slam success happened in 1977. It secured his place as perhaps the greatest Grand National competitor of all time.

Can Tiger Roll top Red Rum?

So the big story of the 2020 Grand National was all about the Tiger Roll hattrick. Could Tiger Roll could become the first horse to win the race in three consecutive years?

He was denied that chance because of the Covid-19 outbreak. So now everyone has to wait a further twelve months to see if it will happen.

Tiger Roll had been eased out to around the 8/1 mark ahead of the 2020 edition of the Grand National, from around 5/1.

That was because he had failed to win the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham for what would have been the third year in a row.

Tiger Roll was beaten by a massive 17 lengths at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival by Easysland, despite having been the 8/11 favourite in a race he loves so much.

Ready for 2021?

Trainer Gordon Elliott fully expects that Tiger Roll will be back in action and ready to defend his crown at Aintree. He will be trained for it and he is generally lightly worked, so the National can be targeted.

Red Rum was a twelve-year-old when he won the race for the fourth time. Tiger Roll will only be an 11-year-old.