Grand National Weights: Tiger Roll allotted top weight

Tiger Roll has been allotted top weight for the 2020 Randox Health Grand National.
Tiger Roll has been allotted top weight for the 2020 Randox Health Grand National.

Gordon Elliott's hat-trick-seeking Tiger Roll will have the burden of top weight in the 2020 Randox Health Grand National, if he is to create history at Aintree on April 4.

Allotted 11st 10lb alongside stablemate Delta Work for the Merseyside marathon, Tiger Roll will be looking to become the first horse to win three Grand Nationals on the bounce, but with a top notch field set to do battle in Liverpool, the Gigginstown House Stud-owned ten-year-old will have his toughest assignment to date.

The 2018 and 2019 National winner has not been seen on a racecourse this season, but is set to make his hotly-anticipated return to the track at Navan this weekend in the Boyne Hurdle, before he likely goes on to try and win a third Cross Country Chase on the bounce at the Cheltenham Festival.

Tiger Roll's owners Gigginstown House Stud have threatened to swerve the race entirely if their star is hit too hard by the handicapper, and bearing in mind the likely public demand for a hat-trick bid, it will be interesting to see his connections' reaction to the announcement. 

A dual Grade 1 winner this year, with wins in the Savills Chase and Irish Gold Cup, Delta Work sits adjacent to Tiger Roll on 11st 10lb, but with a tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup next month, it's up in the air whether the classy seven-year-old will line up at Aintree.

Bristol De Mai (11 st 8 lbs) and Native River (11 st 6 lbs) sit third and fourth on the handicap list, respectively and like Delta Work they are set to be unleashed in the Cheltenham Gold Cup next month, so they could well swerve this entirely. Indeed, Native River's trainer Colin Tizzard has voiced his concerns about the fact that Cheltenham and Aintree's festivals are so close to each other this year, and while he would undoubtedly enjoy seeing the front-running Native River take on the unique Aintree fences, the Gold Cup is the main port of call this season.

Jessica Harrington's Magic Of Light (10st 12lb) put up a career best when chasing home Tiger Roll last season, and the classy mare is destined for another crack at Tiger Roll, while former Welsh Grand National winner Elegant Escape (11st 2 lb) is another that has to be considered a notable challenger for the world's greatest steeplechase.

Irish Grand National winner Burrows Saint (10st 10 lb) is sitting second in the latest Grand National betting, and the Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old - who was last seen winning over hurdles at Punchestown - will be looking to excel over a stamina-sapping trip once again.

Robert Walford's Walk In The Mill (10st 4 lb) and Tom Lacey's Kimberlite Candy (10st 4 lb) finished first and second respectively in the Becher Chase over Aintree's National fences in December, and the pair sit prominently in the ante-post market, which is sure to gain significant traction following the weights being announced.

Potters Corner (10st 6 lb) bounded to Welsh Grand National success at Chepstow late last year, and the Christian Williams-trained stable star will be aiming to add another National success to his CV, while Ben Pauling's Le Breuil (9st 13 lb), who won the National Hunt Chase at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, is another eye-catching runner in the entry list, and with stamina proven he has to be a major contender for the spring showpiece.

Welsh National third Yala Enki (10st 11 lb) has blossomed since switching from Venetia Williams' yard to Paul Nicholls' stable and the last-time-out winner at Taunton is another to be wary off, while former Grand National hero One For Arthur (10st 2 lb), who was victorious in 2017, will look to recapture his crown in what is all set to be an epic renewal of the National Hunt gem.

2020 Randox Health Grand National Weights

  1. Delta Work - 11-10 - Gordon Elliott 
  2. Tiger Roll - 11-10 - Gordon Elliott 
  3. Bristol De Mai - 11-08 - Nigel Twiston-Davies
  4. Native River - 11-06 - Colin Tizzard
  5. Anibale Fly - 11-02 - Tony Martin
  6. Aso - 11-02 - Venetia Williams
  7. Cadmium - 11-02 - Willie Mullins
  8. Elegant Escape - 11-02 - Colin Tizzard 
  9. Top Ville Ben - 11-02 - Philip Kirby
  10. Beware The Bear - 11-00 - Nicky Henderson
  11. Chris's Dream - 11-00 - Henry de Bromhead
  12. Alpha Des Obeaux - 10-13 - Gordon Elliott
  13. Jett - 10-13 - Jessica Harrington
  14. Peregrine Run - 10-13 - Peter Fahey
  15. Total Recall - 10-13 - Willie Mullins
  16. Magic Of Light - 10-12 - Jessica Harrington
  17. The Storyteller - 10-12 - Gordon Elliott
  18. Voix Du Reve - 10-12 - Willie Mullins
  19. Ballyoptic - 10-11 - Nigel Twiston-Davies
  20. Talkischeap - 10-11 - Alan King
  21. Yala Enki - 10-11 - Paul Nicholls
  22. Burrows Saint - 10-10 - Willie Mullins
  23. Definitly Red - 10-10 - Brian Ellison
  24. OK Corral - 10-09 - Nicky Henderson
  25. Sub Lieutenant - 10-09 - Henry de Bromhead
  26. Tout Est Permis - 10-09 - Noel Meade
  27. Crievehill - 10-08 - Nigel Twiston-Davies
  28. Jury Duty - 10-08 - Gordon Elliott
  29. Lake View Lad - 10-08 - Nick Alexander
  30. Vintage Clouds - 10-08 - Sue Smith
  31. Pleasant Company - 10-07 - Willie Mullins
  32. Acapella Bourgeois - 10-06 - Willie Mullins
  33. Any Second Now - 10-06 - Ted Walsh
  34. Champagne Classic - 10-06 - Gordon Elliott
  35. Mister Whitaker - 10-06 - Mick Channon
  36. Potters Corner - 10-06 - Christian Williams
  37. Shattered Love - 10-06 - Gordon Elliott
  38. Death Duty - 10-05 - Gordon Elliott
  39. Dounikos - 10-05 - Gordon Elliott
  40. Kildisart - 10-05 - Ben Pauling
  41. Ramses de Teillee - 10-05 - David Pipe
  42. Acting Lass - 10-04 - Harry Fry 
  43. Double Shuffle - 10-04 - Tom George
  44. Kimberlite Candy - 10-04 - Tom Lacey
  45. Saint Xavier - 10-04 - Paul Nicholls
  46. Valtor - 10-04 - Nicky Henderson
  47. Walk In The Mill - 10-04 - Robert Walford
  48. Warriors Tale - 10-04 - Paul Nicholls
  49. Chef des Obeaux- 10-03 - Willie Mullins
  50. Class Conti - 10-03 - Willie Mullins
  51. Traffic Fluide - 10-03 - Gary Moore
  52. One For Arthur - 10-02 - Lucinda Russell
  53. Romain de Senam - 10-02 - Paul Nicholls
  54. Snugsborough Benny - 10-02 - Liam Cusack
  55. Dallas des Pictons - 10-01 - Gordon Elliott
  56. Give Me A Copper - 10-01 - Paul Nicholls
  57. Lord du Mesnil 10-01 - Richard Hobson
  58. Now Mcginty - 10-01 - Stuart Edmunds
  59. Poker Party - 10-01 - Henry de Bromhead
  60. Steely Addition - 10-01 - Philip Hobbs
  61. Takingrisks - 10-01 - Nicky Richards
  62. Borice - 10-00 - Gordon Elliott 
  63. Heron Heights - 10-00 - Henry de Bromhead
  64. Hogan's Height - 10-00 - Jamie Snowden
  65. Regal Encore - 10-00 - Anthony Honeyball
  66. Activial - 9-13 - Tom George
  67. Atlanta Ablaze - 9-13 - Henry Daly
  68. Cabaret Quieen - 9-13 - Willie Mullins
  69. Dalko Moriviere 9-13 - Nicky Henderson
  70. Dragon d'Estruval 9-13 - Nicky Henderson
  71. Le Breuil - 9-13 - Ben Pauling
  72. Outlander - 9-13 - Richard Spencer
  73. A Toil Phil - 9-12 - Gary Moore
  74. Cogry - 9-12 - Nigel Twiston-Davies
  75. Dingo Dollar - 9-12 - Alan King
  76. Flying Angel - 9-12 - Nigel Twiston-Davies
  77. The Hollow Ginge - 9-12 - Nigel Twiston-Davies
  78. The Young Master - 9-12 - Neil Mulholland
  79. Mall Dini - 9-11 - Patrick Kelly
  80. Monbeg Notorious - 9-11 - Gordon Elliott
  81. As de Mee 9-10  - Paul Nicholls
  82. Fitzhenry 9-10 - Paul Nolan
  83. Joe Farrell - 9-10 - Rebecca Curtis
  84. Ravenhill - 9-10 - Gordon Elliott
  85. Roaring Bull - 9-10 - Gordon Elliott
  86. Townshend - 9-10 - Nigel Twiston-Davies
  87. Vieux Lion Rouge - 9-10 - David Pipe
  88. Ami Desbois - 9-09 - Graeme McPherson
  89. Missed Approach - 9-09 - Warren Greatrex
  90. Moonshine Boy - 9-08 - Jessica Harrington
  91. Noble Endeavor - 9-08 - Gordon Elliott
  92. Out Sam - 9-08 - Gordon Elliott
  93. Fingerontheswitch - 9-07 - Neil Muholland
  94. Singlefarmpayment - 9-07 - Tom George
  95. Kilfilum Cross - 9-06 - Henry Oliver
  96. Soupy Soups - 9-06 - Neil Mulholland
  97. General Principle - 9-05 - Gordon Elliott
  98. Spider Web - 9-05 - Tom Mullins
  99. Princeton Royale - 9-03 - Neil King
  100. Scoir Mear - 8-12 - Tom Mullins
  101. Rathlin Rose - 8-10 - David Pipe
  102. Disco d'Authie - 8-07 - David Pipe
  103. Prince Of Scars - 8-07 - Gordon Elliott
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