According to trainer Gordon Elliott, Tiger Roll could revert to hurdles after he decided against running last year’s Grand National winner on Friday, Racing UK report.
The eight-year-old, who won his third Cheltenham Festival race in March, also came out on top in the world’s most famous steeplechase at Aintree just one month later.
Tiger Roll has since made a welcome appearance last month, finishing fourth in another cross-country race at Prestbury Park.
Elliott was also preparing Tiger Roll for another return to the course this week, however, last year’s Grand National winner didn’t take to the track.
After realising the race was another handicap – meaning the eight-year-old would have to concede weight all round again, Elliott decided Tiger Roll should skip the race.
And talking after saddling a winner at Cheltenham on Friday, trainer Elliott admitted he will more than likely give Tiger Roll one more run over hurdles before March.
I thought it was a conditions race and I didn’t want him running off top weight again giving stones away.
I’ll probably give him one more run over hurdles before March to open his windpipes up.
Back here in March is his Gold Cup, all being well.