Merely a few hours after Tiger Roll’s historic win at Aintree this afternoon – the first horse to achieve back-to-back Grand National wins since Red Rum forty five years ago, and only the fifth to have done so in its 180 year history – bookies are already rolling out the odds for a first-of-its-kind treble in 2020.
Boyle Sports is quoting odds of 8/1 in response to high demand for a price on the outcome from punters who already have one eye on the 2020 race. If Tiger Roll does achieve the feat, he will become only the second horse to have won the competition three times – and the first to have done so with three consecutive wins.
Whilst the betting public is now anticipating an outcome that would see Tiger Roll immortalised at the head of the National Hunt’s current harras of legendary horses, bookmakers will be quietly hoping for another outcome.
Quoted at 11/4 by some bookies going into today’s race, the Michael O’Leary-owned horse was the shortest price offered on any horse in a century. And despite what appeared to many punters as miserly odds, bookies’ losses on Tiger Roll are thought to have amounted to £200 million.
However, it is too early to know if the nine year old gelding will even be fielded at next year’s event – despite entering the annals of history today as one of the greats of the National Hunt circuit, Tiger Roll will need to meet the same entry requirements laid down by the British Horse Authority for next year’s event as any other entrant. And owner Michael O’Leary has also hinted that it is unlikely the horse will return for next year’s event, albeit for reasons that he didn’t quite make clear.