Tiger Roll makes repeat win look easy to join Grand National greats

No sporting contest makes ‘what-might-have-been’ stories like the Grand National and there have been numerous horses who have tried to emulate Red Rum since 1974

No sporting contest makes ‘what might have been’ stories like the Grand National and, for the 42 years since Red Rum last won it, there have been plenty such stories created by the horses who have tried to emulate him. Mighty animals whose names are remembered still, such as Corbiere, Earth Summit and Hedgehunter, crowned their careers with a single victory but turning the same trick once more proved beyond them.

This is not a recent trend. Before Red Rum, in the whole of the 20th century, there was only Reynoldstown in 1935 and 1936, and he was the first dual winner for half a century. Golden Miller won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in five consecutive years but he managed only one Grand National, finding it hard to keep his jockey on board when he tackled Aintree on other occasions.

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