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Quirky Facts & Stats about Tiger Roll & the Grand National

Excess Baggage

Tiger Roll is officially owned by Gigginstown House Stud in Ireland which is in turn owned by Michael O’Leary who is the CEO of Ryanair.

Possibly the most famous and best loved chaser in training, Tiger Roll was described by O’Leary after winning for the third time at the Cheltenham Festival as “a little rat of a thing”

It begs the question however… will Tiger Roll become the first passenger in the airline’s history that eludes paying excess baggage for bringing a large additional piece of luggage aboard a Ryanair flight?

The horse Tiger Roll running during Grand National -

Unlucky Number

As Tiger Roll carried No. 13, which is universally recognised as an unlucky number, on his saddle cloth to 2018 Grand National victory some ask, can anything stop him?

This year Tiger Roll will carry the number 5 or possibly lower. No. 5 has given us two Grand National winners in the past 50 years. Nos 1, 2 and 4 have won the race three times apiece in the same period while No. 3 has not won the race in that timeframe.

Tiger Roll being Tiger Roll, you could almost predict he will wear the 3 ‘vest’ and win, again.

Food for Thought

Google ‘Tiger Roll’ and you find pages reverting to the defending Grand National champion. But search for ‘Tiger Roll’ in Google Images and you will be presented with images of a Sushi dish and/or a bread roll which has a distinctive pattern on it having been brushed, pre-baking, with rice paste.

Tiger Roll Sushi Google Results-


The last Grand National winner before Tiger Roll named after a foodstuff was L’Escargot in 1975. Before that Oxo won the race back in 1959.

Tea for Two would make an excellent forecast bet with Tiger Roll in the 2019 Grand National.

The Price is Right

With Tiger Roll set to go off at Grand National odds around 4/1 he will bid to become the shortest priced Grand National winner since Poethlyn won the race at 11/4 exactly 100 years ago in 1919.

Like Tiger Roll he had won the race as an eight-year-old 12 months earlier – a war substitute race at Gatwick before the airport was built there. Since then the shortest priced winner has been 13/2.

Family Ties

  • Swiss Roll, the dam of Tiger Roll, was trained by Tommy Stack who rode Red Rum to victory in his record-breaking third Grand National of 1977.
  • Tiger Roll’s sire was Authorized who was Frankie Dettori’s first Epsom Derby winner in 2007
  • Jerry M who won the great race in 1912 at just 4/1 was trained by Ernest Piggott who was the grandfather to a certain 11-time champion jockey called Lester Piggott. As for Tiger Roll, his first trainer was Nigel Hawke who won the 1991 Grand National aboard Seagram.

Forecast Going

Tiger Roll won last season’s Grand National on heavy going and much of his best form has come on soft or heavy going.

The latest weather forecasts indicate there will be plenty of rain falling on Aintree racecourse in the days leading up to the 2019 Grand National which will be perfect for this mud-loving superstar.

Grand National Infographic

Grand National Info Graphic -