The Randox Health Grand National
Grade 3 Handicap,
Aintree 17:15
£1,000,000 total prize fund,
7yo plus, 4m 2f 74y, Class 1   
Saturday 4th April 2020

Tiger Roll and stablemate Delta Work, with respective ratings of 170, have been allotted top weight of 11st 10lb.
 
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.
 

Tiger Roll winning in 2019
 
Tiger Roll, who is trained by Gordon Elliott and owned by Gigginstown House Stud, is aiming to emulate the legendary Red Rum as a three-time winner of the Randox Health Grand National and, if victorious, would become the first horse to do so in consecutive years. He is the 13/2 favourite with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National.
 
The 10-year-old had an official rating of 150 in the 2018 Randox Health Grand National and defied a rating of 159 in last year's edition.
 
Delta Work, who like Tiger Roll is owned by Gigginstown House Stud and trained by Gordon Elliott, is among the leading contenders for the G1 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, following his victory in the G1 Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown on 2 February.
 
Ten horses have been given 11st or more. They include Bristol de Mai (11st 8lb), one of seven contenders for dual Grand National-winning handler Nigel Twiston-Davies, 2018 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Native River (Colin Tizzard, 11st 6lb) and J P McManus' Anibale Fly (Tony Martin IRE, 11st 2lb), fourth in 2018 and fifth in 2019.
 
Elliott has 18 entries in total, more than any other trainer, as he chases a record equalling fourth Grand National, with his team also featuring promising novice Champagne Classic(10st 6lb) and 2019 Galway Plate victor Borice (10st).

Trainers Quotes

Fellow Irish handler Willie Mullins, successful with Hedgehunter in 2005, has impressive Irish Grand National victor Burrows Saint (10st 10lb) among his nine contenders.
 
Last year's runner-up Magic Of Light (Jessica Harrington IRE) has been handed 10st 12lb. Nickel Coin in 1951 is the most recent mare to win the Aintree spectacular. The other mares engaged are Shattered Love (Gordon Elliott IRE, 10st 6lb), Atalanta Ablaze (Henry Daly, 9st 13lb), Cabaret Queen (Willie Mullins IRE, 9st 13lb).
 

Walk In The Mill in action at Aintree
 
Fourth-placed Walk In The Mill (Robert Walford, 10st 4lb) fared best of the British-trained runners in 2019. He continued his excellent record over the famous fences by winning the Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase for the second successive year in December.
 
The 2017 victor One For Arthur (Lucinda Russell, 10st 2lb) is the other previous Grand National winner among the entries. His rating of 148 is the same as he carried in 2017.
 
Welsh Grand National victor Potters Corner (Christian Wiliams) has been given 10st 6lb, while Scottish Grand National scorer Takingrisks (Nicky Richards) has been handed 10st 1lb.
 
Other names to note are Kimberlite Candy (Tom Lacey, 10st 4lb), winner of the G3 Classic Handicap Chase at Warwick, and Listed Sky Bet Chase victor OK Corral (Nicky Henderson, 10st 9lb). Both horses are owned by J P McManus.
 
British Horseracing Authority chase handicapper Martin Greenwood, who framed the weights for the second time this year and has total discretion for the Randox Health Grand National, said: "I have made Tiger Roll and Delta Work joint top-weights for the Randox Health Grand National.

"This decision was made essentially on two factors - historical compression which was brought in by Phil Smith and has been used for the last 10 years or so. On the other hand, I have to give Tiger Roll this mark based on his efforts over the national fences at Aintree where he is of course unbeaten.
 
"Tiger Roll was rated 172 at the end of last year and obviously there is no recent evidence to go on because of his fitness issues, so his handicap mark has been unquantifiable since. He is therefore coming down 2lb and carries the same weight as Suny Bay did when he was second in the 1998 Grand National. No other horse has carried that rating since. Many Clouds won off 11st 9lb, but he did not have as high a rating.
 
"It must be remembered that Tiger Roll ran in the race off a rating of 159 but was actually rated 167 at the time due to his win in the Cross Country at Cheltenham.
 
"Tiger Roll has also not yet qualified for this year's Grand National. Whilst he may run in the Boyne Hurdle at Navan (Sunday, 14 February), he still has to run in a chase to qualify. There are about 15 horses overall who currently do not qualify because they have either not run over fences this season or not yet finished in the first four in a race over 23 and a half furlongs in their career. A high-profile example would be Cadmium, a Topham Chase winner.
 
"Delta Work is a potential Cheltenham Gold Cup contender and, in order to keep as many of the horses in the handicap, he is also off 170. Other horses towards the top include Bristol de Mai and Native River. Bristol de Mai was rated 173 when entered last year and that figure has been downgraded since to 168. I have dropped Native River 2lb to 166 as Bristol De Mai has finished in front of him the last couple of times they have met, and I thought he was workmanlike when winning at Newbury on Saturday.
 
"This year, 73% of the horses entered are in the handicap. Similarly, from a starting rating of 140, there are more horses than ever in the modern era entered for the race - 92 in total.
 
"The race is full of top-class individuals and boasts the winners of races such as the Grand National, Irish National, Welsh National, Rowland Meyrick Chase, Cheltenham Gold Cup and much more. It is as good a staying handicap as would be run anywhere.
 
"You could argue that it is the highest quality Grand National in modern history."

Randox Health Grand National
Grade 3, £1,000,000 Total Prize Fund.
7yo plus, 4m 2f 74y, Class 1
102 remaining entries

First scratchings deadline February 25, second scratchings deadline March 17, five-day confirmations March 30, final declarations 10am April 2. Maximum field of 40 plus four reserves.

NO. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER
1 3-1411 Delta Work 7 11-10 Gordon Elliott
2 /4111- Tiger Roll 10 11-10 Gordon Elliott
3 F34-22 Bristol De Mai 9 11-8 Nigel Twiston-Davies
NR 4 234-11 Native River 10 11-6 Colin Tizzard NON RUNNER
5 25-988 Anibale Fly 10 11-2 A J Martin
6 62-354 Aso 10 11-2 Venetia Williams
7 121-57 Cadmium 8 11-2 W P Mullins
8 66-236 Elegant Escape 8 11-2 Colin Tizzard
9 3-5313 Top Ville Ben 8 11-2 Philip Kirby
10 11P-48 Beware The Bear 10 11-0 Nicky Henderson
11 215-P1 Chris's Dream 8 11-0 Henry De Bromhead
12 22-233 Alpha Des Obeaux 10 10-13 Gordon Elliott
13 271264 Jett 9 10-13 Mrs John Harrington
14 114215 Peregrine Run 10 10-13 Peter Fahey
15 P-8631 Total Recall 11 10-13 W P Mullins
16 72-311 Magic Of Light 9 10-12 Mrs John Harrington
17 -38U16 The Storyteller 9 10-12 Gordon Elliott
18 1-4543 Voix Du Reve 8 10-12 W P Mullins
19 F-1140 Ballyoptic 10 10-11 Nigel Twiston-Davies
20 1251-3 Talkischeap 8 10-11 Alan King
21 57-031 Yala Enki 10 10-11 Paul Nicholls
22 11-531 Burrows Saint 7 10-10 W P Mullins
23 B-5442 Definitly Red 11 10-10 Brian Ellison
24 1P-091 OK Corral 10 10-9 Nicky Henderson
25 72P2-7 Sub Lieutenant 11 10-9 Henry De Bromhead
26 -34244 Tout Est Permis 7 10-9 Noel Meade
27 44-119 Crievehill 8 10-8 Nigel Twiston-Davies
28 UP-640 Jury Duty 9 10-8 Gordon Elliott
29 3P-533 Lake View Lad 10 10-8 N W Alexander
30 6-5P31 Vintage Clouds 10 10-8 Sue Smith
31 00U-09 Pleasant Company 12 10-7 W P Mullins
32 3-0026 Acapella Bourgeois 10 10-6 W P Mullins
33 F-62U3 Any Second Now 8 10-6 T M Walsh
34 32-112 Champagne Classic 9 10-6 Gordon Elliott
35 4P1-5P Mister Whitaker 8 10-6 Mick Channon
36 -5P011 Potters Corner 10 10-6 Christian Williams
37 P-5173 Shattered Love 9 10-6 Gordon Elliott
38 111F/4 Death Duty 9 10-5 Gordon Elliott
39 F1PP-5 Dounikos 9 10-5 Gordon Elliott
40 41-366 Kildisart 8 10-5 Ben Pauling
41 2P-141 Ramses De Teillee 8 10-5 David Pipe
42 /P912P Acting Lass 9 10-4 Harry Fry
43 2P0-85 Double Shuffle 10 10-4 Tom George
44 35P-21 Kimberlite Candy 8 10-4 Tom Lacey
45 46-712 Saint Xavier 8 10-4 Paul Nicholls
46 P0-153 Valtor 11 10-4 Nicky Henderson
47 34-P12 Walk In The Mill 10 10-4 Robert Walford
48 41P0P- Warriors Tale 11 10-4 Paul Nicholls
49 1P-45P Chef Des Obeaux 8 10-3 W P Mullins
50 1-P5F2 Class Conti 8 10-3 W P Mullins
51 11/21- Traffic Fluide 10 10-3 Gary Moore
52 UU6-45 One For Arthur 11 10-2 Lucinda Russell
53 412-14 Romain De Senam 8 10-2 Paul Nicholls
54 4-9369 Snugsborough Benny 10 10-2 Liam P Cusack
55 0-153U Dallas Des Pictons 7 10-1 Gordon Elliott
56 4F4-17 Give Me A Copper 10 10-1 Paul Nicholls
57 422111 Lord Du Mesnil 7 10-1 Richard Hobson
58 128-29 Now McGinty 9 10-1 Stuart Edmunds
59 1-3U14 Poker Party 8 10-1 Henry De Bromhead
60 3141-4 Steely Addition 8 10-1 Philip Hobbs
61 11-516 Takingrisks 11 10-1 Nicky Richards
62 -1110P Borice 9 10-0 Gordon Elliott
63 1/0-1P Heron Heights 11 10-0 Henry De Bromhead
64 P11-71 Hogan's Height 9 10-0 Jamie Snowden
65 2082P1 Regal Encore 12 10-0 Anthony Honeyball
66 60-3U6 Activial 10 9-13 Tom George
67 1FP-14 Atlanta Ablaze 9 9-13 Henry Daly
68 F21PF0 Cabaret Queen 8 9-13 W P Mullins
69 F-1323 Dalko Moriviere 7 9-13 Jerome Larrigade
70 -35V1P Dragon D'Estruval 7 9-13 Nicky Henderson
71 41-P75 Le Breuil 8 9-13 Ben Pauling
72 449-3P Outlander 12 9-13 Richard Spencer
73 004014 A Toi Phil 10 9-12 Gary Moore
74 0U-312 Cogry 11 9-12 Nigel Twiston-Davies
75 2P-355 Dingo Dollar 8 9-12 Alan King
76 6-4146 Flying Angel 9 9-12 Nigel Twiston-Davies
77 -12371 The Hollow Ginge 7 9-12 Nigel Twiston-Davies
78 1P32-P The Young Master 11 9-12 Neil Mulholland
79 /362-P Mall Dini 10 9-11 Patrick G Kelly
80 6PP-70 Monbeg Notorious 9 9-11 Gordon Elliott
81 0/7637 As De Mee 10 9-10 Paul Nicholls
82 -53220 Fitzhenry 8 9-10 Paul Nolan
83 2PP-37 Joe Farrell 11 9-10 Rebecca Curtis
84 12152F Ravenhill 10 9-10 Gordon Elliott
85 6-3015 Roaring Bull 7 9-10 Gordon Elliott
86 2641-1 Townshend 9 9-10 Nigel Twiston-Davies
87 0-1997 Vieux Lion Rouge 11 9-10 David Pipe
88 -2062P Ami Desbois 10 9-9 Graeme McPherson
89 21P/6- Missed Approach 10 9-9 Warren Greatrex
90 4P44-0 Moonshine Bay 7 9-8 Mrs John Harrington
91 P-PP00 Noble Endeavor 11 9-8 Gordon Elliott
92 52FP30 Out Sam 11 9-8 Gordon Elliott
93 332212 Fingerontheswitch 10 9-7 Neil Mulholland
94 08-447 Singlefarmpayment 9 10 9-7 Tom George
95 4-3P42 Kilfilum Cross 9 9-6 Henry Oliver
96 072122 Soupy Soups 9 9-6 Neil Mulholland
97 FP-PP8 General Principle 11 9-5 Gordon Elliott
98 3-P2P3 Spider Web 9 9-5 Thomas Mullins
99 2-86P8 Princeton Royale 11 9-3 Neil King
100 766600 Scoir Mear 10 8-12 Thomas Mullins
101 679V03 Rathlin Rose 12 8-10 David Pipe
102 23/424 Disco D'Authie 11 8-7 D Cottin
103 /6-965 Prince Of Scars 10 8-7 Gordon Elliott
NR 1/17/F Sizing John 95 10 - Mrs John Harrington NON-RUNNER
NR U1P4FP Yorkhill 62 10 - W P Mullins 48 NON-RUNNER