Tiger Roll is set to take on eight rivals as he offers to add the Grade One Betway Bowl Chase to his remarkable list of top-tier wins.
The five-time Cheltenham Festival winner and double Grand National hero has become a household name without taking on the top chasers at level weights.
But the owners of Gigginstown House Stud have decided to make an exception this time around, and Tiger Roll takes place in Aintree on Thursday – rather than the Irish Grand National on Monday or the Randox Grand National on the weekend.
The 11-year-old, coached by Denise Foster, had been out of form since his second national triumph in 2019 before rebounding with a convincing victory in the Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase at Cheltenham last month.
Leading the opposition this week, 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Native River finished fourth in the last renewal of this great race.
The Clan Des Obeaux, winner of the King George VI Chase in 2018 and 2019, also seems to be a formidable foe – as does Waiting Patience, King George’s runner-up this season and Ascot Chase winner in 2018.
Aso, Clondaw Castle, Militarian, Mister Fisher and Real Steel round out the list of contenders for the Three Mile feature.