Tiger Roll became the first horse to win two consecutive English Grand Nationals since Red Rum’s same success in 1973 and 1974. The talented 9-year-old Meath horse was ridden to victory once again by Davy Russell, is trained by Gordon Elliott and owned by Michael O’Leery of Gigginstown stud. He went off as the 4/1 favourite for the race and didn’t disappoint many, many punters.
Tiger Roll faced stiff competition on the day from Magic Of Light who came second at 66/1 and Rathvinden in third at 8/1. Rounding off the top 6 was Walk In The Mill, Anibale Fly and One For Arthur.
Well done Tiger Roll and all concerned. 🙂
But the day was also filled with sadness when 10-year-old Up For Review suffered a fatal fall at the first fence and was put down. When I heard the news it broke my heart.
There was numerous debate in the run-up to the National about the unsafeness horses face in the National and in horse racing in general. And since the news of Up For Review’s passing, there has been further debate. At any other time I would say debate away to both sides but at this moment in time my thinking is different as there is a horse after losing his life and I think now is a time to mourn his loss instead of one side appearing to use his death to show how unsafe racing is and the other side speaking about Up For Review with that he’s ‘only a horse’ ugly attitude when that horse went out there to race for your entertainment.
I love you Up For Review, rest in peace sweetheart.