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Talking Horses: Tiger Roll to learn Grand National fate … and weight | Greg Wood

The racing world will converge on Liverpool on Tuesday to find out how much of an incentive – if any – has been handed to the winner of the race in 2018 and 2019

There were 105 entries for the Grand National on 4 April when the race closed last month but, for the moment at least, everything revolves around one horse: Tiger Roll. The racing world will converge on central Liverpool on Tuesday afternoon to find out how much of an incentive – if any – has been handed to the winner in 2018 and 2019 in an attempt to persuade his connections to let him try for a record-equalling third success.

There is not much doubt Tiger Roll will carry top weight this year, just as Red Rum did in 1975 when he tried – and failed – to win a third consecutive National. It will be 11st 10lb rather than the 12st Red Rum lugged into a 15-length second place behind L’Escargot, a dual Gold Cup winner, who was getting 11lb. Red Rum did not manage to notch his third win until 1977, when he had top weight for the fourth year in a row but the maximum burden had dropped to 11st 8lb.

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