Connections have confirmed Tiger Roll will be heading to Aintree to run in the Betway Bowl next week.
It had already been revealed that the dual Grand National winner would not be aiming for a third victory in the Aintree showpiece this year, as connections felt his handicap mark was "unfair", with the suggestion being he would instead head for the Irish equivalent at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday.
However, Tiger Roll was not left in at the declaration stage for that race and Eddie O'Leary, racing manager for owners Gigginstown House Stud, has now confirmed the 11-year-old will instead be heading to Aintree's Grand National meeting next week to run in Thursday's Betway Bowl.
"He's come out of Cheltenham great," O'Leary said, regarding Tiger Roll's victory in the Glenfarclas Chase at last month's Cheltenham Festival. "His weight at Fairyhouse had no bearing on this decision. Our thinking is let's run him in the Bowl and let the handicapper see."
O'Leary also revealed that the change in approach is likely to see jockey Jack Kennedy partner Tiger Roll for the first time since October 2017, replacing regular rider Keith Donoghue in the saddle.
"Keith (Donoghue) tends to only ride him in the cross country, so I would imagine Jack Kennedy will be riding him - but we haven't confirmed that yet," O'Leary added.
Article Posted on Friday 2nd April 2021 @ 15.46