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Talking Horses: weights furore threatens Tiger Roll hat-trick attempt

Grand National handicapper faces a tough choice as racing gears up for what could be its biggest moment in half a century

As anyone who has tried to board a Ryanair flight with a cabin bag a centimetre too wide will confirm, Michael O’Leary is a stickler for rules. If you don’t do things his way, you don’t get on the plane. It has made O’Leary very rich and Ryanair immensely successful, and if neither the CEO nor his airline get much love from their customers, it’s a price he is willing to pay.

When it comes to his horses, though – and the dual Grand National winner, Tiger Roll, in particular – O’Leary’s attitude to rules seems a little more flexible.

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