A huge retirement card for the Tiger Roll has been erected at the Cheltenham Racecourse so fans can say goodbye.
The giant retirement card for the Tiger Roll has been erected at the Cheltenham Racecourse so that fans can bid farewell to the legendary two-time Grand National winner as the curtain falls on his incredible career.
- Tiger Roll’s career will come to an end at Cheltenham
- He has won the Grand National twice, winning in 2017 and 2018
- Fans will be able to sign Tiger Roll’s farewell card at Cheltenham this year
- Huge retirement cards are being made inside the racecourse for the Tiger Roll
Tiger Roll is retiring at the end of this week’s Cheltenham Festival after a stellar career that won back-to-back Grand Nationals in 2017 and 2018.
The Tiger Roll – which also holds a notable record in Cheltenham, having previously won five races at the festival – will be celebrated in a four-day event at Coateswalds.
Paddy Power has started the celebration in style by putting up huge holiday cards inside the racecourse to sign fans and punters.
The famous Tiger Roll will retire after this week’s four-day festival
Fans will have the opportunity to bid farewell to the Tiger Roll by personally signing a huge card 10 feet high and 14 feet wide.
Those who are unable to attend in person can contribute their message via Twitter using the hashtag #FarewellTigerRoll.
Speaking about Tiger Roll’s retirement, a Paddy Power spokesman said: ‘He may have cost us dearly during his career, but it was worth all the money to see how this horse captured the hearts and imagination of race fans.
A huge retirement card (above) is made inside the Cheltenham race course
Fans and punters will be able to sign a farewell card for the legendary race horse.
‘The roaring Cheltenham roar we heard earlier this week sounded more like a whimper than the cheers we expected to hear when we came to the famous Cheltenham hill in front of the Tiger Roll.
‘But I must admit, while his retirement is a bitter day for many, it may not come fast enough for us bookies. So, we sent him this supersized special delivery in the hope that there would be no second thoughts on his connections! ‘
Purchased by coach Gordon Elliott for £ 10,000 as a ‘one-on-one idea’, Tiger Roll managed to win back-to-back Grand Nationals in 2017 and 2018.
He earned more than 4 1.4 million in prize money during his career, and won five consecutive Cheltenham Festival titles.
He was scheduled to crack the Red Rum’s record hat-trick in the English Nationals, but a row with the UK handicap saw owner O’Leary pull his horse out of the controversy.
Tiger Roll also has an excellent record at the Cheltenham Festival, having won five races there.
Tiger Roll also won Grand Nationals in 2017 and 2018 and became an iconic figure in the sport.
He first outlined the reasoning behind his absence as he hit Tiger Roll’s handicap rating of 161.
“I believe this is a stupid and absurd disability assessment,” he told the Racing Debate, quoting Sky Sports.
‘This handicapper has now stopped the most popular horse from training for two consecutive years at the Grand National. He has squandered the huge promotional opportunities available for entry and Grand National by trying to imitate Tiger Roll in Red Rum.
‘You can’t deny age. He will not be in the Grand National until he runs in the cross country – he is coming out in the next forced stage. ‘