Tiger Roll will bid to become the first horse to win the Grand National at Aintree in three consecutive years, trainer Gordon Elliott confirmed on Friday.

The horse has won the prestigious race in each of the past two years, becoming the first to do so since Red Rum triumphed in consecutive years in 1973 and 1974.

Red Rum then finished second in the next two meetings before becoming the only horse to date to win the Grand National three times in 1977.

Tiger Roll will now have the opportunity to match that tally and go for three wins in a row after Elliott announced his intention to race again in 2020.

"The number one target this year will be the English National," Elliott said. "We are going to have to mind him now and pick and choose where we go.

"He will probably have one run over hurdles, maybe something like the Boyne Hurdle [in February]. He will go back to Cheltenham [in March] for the Cross-Country Race and then we'll go for the Grand National [in April]."

Champion jockey Ricky Jadoo’s perfect ride for champion trainer Glenn Mendez secured a near two-length win for the Jamaica-bred colt Juice Man in Thursday’s Trinidad and Tobago Midsummer Classic at Santa Rosa Park.

A 2-1 joint second favourite in the small seven-horse field, Juice Man, in just his second start in T&T, successfully tackled the front running 16-1 bet Blue Navigator approaching the final turn and galloped stoutly to victory by 1-3/4 lengths in the TT$125,000 (US$18,800) event. The even-money favourite Apocalypse was second and Making Headlines (12-1) third.

The Justyn Kanta Persad-owned Juice Man clocked two minutes 00.40 seconds for the 9-1/2 furlong trip and Mendez is now keen to start the Lakeland Farms-bred colt in the September 24 Trinidad Derby.

“We will look for (another) race or two before the Derby,” Mendez said of Juice Man, who won his T&T debut in early July just a couple of months after his last race in Jamaica in March. The Storm Craft out of Passion colt had logged two wins from eight starts at Jamaica’s Caymanas Park from Triple Crown winning trainer Anthony Nunes’s barn.

Top trainer John O’Brien’s Blue Navigator with Panamanian jockey Nobel Abrego held an uncontested lead for most of the trip but late on the backstretch, Jadoo accelerated Juice Man to move within a length of the lead with Regal Intension (2-1) and Apocalypse under Canada-based Barbadian jockey Patrick Husbands within striking distance.

Coming off the final bend, Juice Man shot past the tiring Blue Navigator while the quickening Apocalypse went in chase with Regal Intension and Making Headlines in challenging positions as a mere three lengths separated the first five horses at the top of the homestretch.

Jadoo, who rode 34 winners in 2018 to snatch his fifth jockeys’ title, glanced – early in the homestretch -- at the looming threat of Husbands and Apocalypse on his outside and roused his mount for a strong run to the finish.

The Apocalypse pressure – despite vigorous left-hand whipping by Husbands – inside the final furlong and a half was mild and good enough only for a clear second as his stablemate Making Headlines finished a further 4-1/2 lengths back in third.

Regal Intension’s Triple Crown bid was scuppered with his fourth place finish and O’Brien’s target miss with his five-pronged entry in the seven-horse field was further compounded by an injury to his Oaks winner She’s So Spectacula.

Owned by Chevan Maharaj, whose colt Supreme Soul captured the 2019 Triple Crown in Jamaica, She’s So Spectacula damaged a sesamoid, a career-ending injury.

For trainer Mendez, Juice Man’s win was his seventh in this second leg of the Triple Crown series and one of his most remarkable having had just a couple of months with the colt. Juice man had never before Thursday gone a trip as long as the 9-1/2-furlong Midsummer with his two wins in Jamaica both five-furlong sprints. Mendez conditioned him quickly to an 8-3/4-furlong win in his Midsummer “prep” on July 6 at Santa Rosa Park, his first run at the Arima racetrack.

“Going into his first race (in July) I tried to do some stamina work because he had never been beyond seven furlongs (in Jamaica) and we weren’t sure how much he would stay. He ran well and actually kicked on in that race,” Mendez said of his Santa Rosa debut win over Trovatore and Blue Navigator.

“We got in a trouble-free preparation so he was ready,” Mendez explained.

The 20 year-old jockey N’Rico Prescod, in only his second Derby ride, piloted the 21-1 outsider Nzinga to a stunning win in the Massy United Insurance Barbados Derby on Thursday as fillies swept the top three spots in the BB$68,000 (US$34,000) Classic at the Garrison Savannah.

Positioned off the lead for most of the 10-furlong trip, Nzinga swept to the front approaching the home turn and won by a length for trainer Raphael Greene, with 13-1 shot Naomi second and the 2-1 favourite Good Vibration third.

“I am excited and I am glad I made my mother proud and my family proud,” Prescod said after his first Derby triumph.

The 52-1 outsider Fantastic Frances was the pacesetter early and after a couple of furlongs enjoyed a five-length advantage at the head of the field with Defiant David (4-1), Marie Aurore (5-1) and Nzinga tracking.

At the half mile, Fantastic France’s lead had shrunk as Marie Aurore, Nzinga and Midsummer Classic winner SeventeenmillionUS, the 5-2 second favourite, all pounced simultaneously for challenges.

Prescod roused Nzinga at the two-furlong pole to surge past Fantastic Frances and Marie Aurore and the chestnut filly came off the final bend with a clear advantage.

Nzinga drifted off the rail down the homestretch as Naomi edged ahead of Fantastic Frances and Marie Aurore to emerge as the main threat.

Prescod switched his whip from left to right hand approaching the finish and safely held Naomi for the win, stopping the clock at two minutes 11.30 seconds.

Brilliantly prepared by first-time Derby winning trainer Greene, who is also a part of the triumphant owners group Some Guys & A Gyal, Nzinga was securing her first top-three finish in the 2019 Classics after placing sixth in the Guineas and fifth in Midsummer.

Greene, also breeder of the filly - by Janak out of the mare Mrs. B - believes she would have had better results in the earlier Classics if not for traffic problems as Prescod complained of being bounced around by other horses in the June 22 Midsummer.

“All I prayed for was a clean trip and that is what happened,” Prescod said.

“God answered my prayers and she came out on top and I am really proud of her, I love her,” added the former St Michael and Combermere (6th Form) student, who had three other winners on Thursday’s card.

“N’Rico is a fantastic young rider, he is also very intelligent, has good hands and a good seat,” Greene said.

The team answers a pop quiz on the achievements of Anthony 'Baba' Nunes, with special guest Anthony 'Baba' Nunez.

The colt Supreme Soul withstood a terrific and unexpected challenge from his stablemate Toona Ciliata to win Saturday’s Jamaica St Leger and become Caymanas Park’s 12th Triple Crown winner as trainer Anthony Nunes logged an unprecedented sweep of the top finishes.

Coming off wins in the 2000 Guineas in April and the Jamaica Derby in June, Chevan Maharaj’s Supreme Soul snatched the prized Triple Crown final leg as the 1-2 favourite with a tense win by a short head over the 7-1 bet Toona Ciliata in the JM$4 Million (US$30,000) St Leger under jockey Shane Ellis.

The filly Princess Ava, a 46-1 outsider, was only a further half-length behind in third and the front-running Earn Your Stripes (6-1) faded to fourth as Nunes became the first ever trainer to saddle the top four finishers in a Jamaica Classic.

“It was a great feeling seeing three, four of my horses coming down the homestretch but there was a little piece of me that wanted to close out the Triple Crown for the Maharaj family,” Nunes told SportsMax.

Nunes’s entries stamped their authority from the start as Earn Your Stripes galloped into a comfortable lead and went into the backstretch cruising with Supreme Soul, the 27-1 bet Cryptocurrency and Toona Ciliata in a stalking group behind.

Supreme Soul went in chase of his front-running stablemate approaching the half-mile, as Toona Ciliata reignited his effort having lost some ground to slip almost six lengths off the lead.

Coming off the final bend, Supreme Soul pounced on the fading Earn Your Stripes and briefly headed him before Toona Ciliata shockingly surged forward and grabbed a narrow lead from his far more distinguished stablemate.

A riveting stride-for-stride battle ensued with Linton Steadman aboard Toona Ciliata matching Ellis’s vigorous ride toward the finish, while Nunes’s Princess Ava also loomed as a threat when they flashed past the eighth pole.

Hampered by a worrying hoof problem during final preparation for the St Leger, Supreme Soul advertised grit to repel Toona Ciliata’s spirited bid to claim the narrow win, stopping the clock at two minutes 09.20 seconds for the 10-furlong trip.

Supreme Soul had been given sea training this past week to avoid the impact of his hurting hoof on the racetrack.

“What he’s been through this week, it was really hard on him. He battled through,” said Nunes, who had captured a 2016 Triple Crown in T&T with two horses, Academy Award landing the Guineas and the Derby and The Gatsby scoring in the Midsummer Classic.

Ellis was winning his fourth St Leger in eight years, having scored with Typewriter in 2012, Relampago (2014) and Marquesas last year.

“I am so proud, I am so happy with this Triple Crown win. I have always wanted to win a Triple Crown and finally I have done it,” said the 45-year-old ex-champion jockey.

It was the first Triple Crown triumph for Ellis and Maharaj.

“It’s a fantastic feeling,” said the Trinidadian Maharaj, who becomes the first non-Jamaican owner of a Triple Crown winner at Caymanas Park.

“Words can’t explain how I really feel about this Triple Crown win,” added Maharaj, who eyes another Classic success next week Thursday when his filly She’s So Spectacular tackles the Trinidad Midsummer Classic field at Santa Rosa Park.

The huge 1-5 favourite Supreme Soul weathered a stout challenge from his Governor’s Cup rival Sentient to score a two-length victory in the Boom Jamaica Derby at Caymanas Park on Saturday afternoon. 

Jubilant jockey James Doyle hailed Blue Point as an "unbelievable" horse after the five-year-old won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes to complete a Royal Ascot double.

After landing the King's Stand Stakes on Tuesday, winning that race for a second year, the Godolphin-owned horse triumphed in Saturday's showpiece race by a head from the fast-finishing Dream Of Dreams.

Kachy, who finished third, had set a rapid early pace, but Blue Point, trained by Charlie Appleby, took over at the front and the 6-4 favourite held on as Dream Of Dreams came barrelling up behind.

Doyle said: "That was pretty special. He gave me an unbelievable feeling.

"I said to Charlie after his last piece of work before the King's Stand that he's probably one of the quickest horses I've ever ridden and he certainly is that.

"It got a little bit hairy late on. The other day I was able to do things all by myself without any pressure but Kachy went off at a hell of a pace, and this fella is just so genuine, all he wanted to do was chase him down."

Choisir in 2003 was the last horse to win both Group 1 races at the meeting, and Doyle said the achievement by Blue Point "earmarks him as a real champion".

Defoe, the 11-4 favourite, fended off Nagano Gold to take victory in the Hardwicke Stakes, where last year's Derby winner Masar finished fifth.

Cape Byron landed the Wokingham Stakes to justify his 7-2 favourite status, while Daniel Tudhope - later aboard Dream Of Dreams - rode 25-1 shot Space Traveller to victory in the Jersey Stakes.

Pinatubo, another Appleby-trained horse, edged out favourite Lope Y Fernandez in the Chesham Stakes, while Cleonte was the 7-2 winner of the final race of the festival, the Queen Alexandra Stakes.

Hayley Turner became only the second female jockey to ride a Royal Ascot winner and Ryan Moore landed a double on the penultimate day of the famous meeting.

Thirty-two years after Gay Kelleway claimed a historic win aboard Sprowston Boy, Turner came out of the pack to claim victory in the Sandringham Stakes on Thanks Be.

Turner quit in 2015 but resumed her career last year after serving a three-month ban for breaching betting rules and her decision to come out of retirement has certainly paid off.

Thanks Be's triumph at 33/1 was also a first at Royal Ascot for trainer Charlie Fellowes on Friday.

Turner said: "Gay Kelleway is obviously the first and great respect to her, but it's nice the girls' changing rooms are full now. It was only a matter of time. It's a great winner for Charlie Fellowes as well.

"She had eight stone so I missed my tea and breakfast but it was certainly worth it."

The 6/4 Aidan O'Brien-trained favourite Japan earlier proved to be a class apart when bolting up to win the King Edward VII Stakes under Moore at 6/4.

Moore took his tally of wins for the week to five when he steered Baghdad (7/2) - saddled by Mark Johnston - home in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes.

Watch Me, trained by Francis Graffard and ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot, sprung a 20/1 surprise in the Coronation Stakes, denying the well-fancied Hermosa in a setback for Moore and O'Brien.

Frankie Dettori claimed his seventh win of the meeting a day after his famous four-timer, striking on Advertise (8/1) in the Commonwealth Cup, while Daahyeh - ridden by David Egan - took the Albany Stakes for Roger Varian.

Stradivarius retained the Gold Cup as Frankie Dettori lit up Royal Ascot with an astonishing 449/1 four-timer to bash the bookmakers on Ladies' Day.

Dettori claimed a double on Wednesday and raised the roof time and again on another dream day for the esteemed Italian at a course where he won all seven races in a meeting back in 1996.

The John Gosden-trained Stradivarius bolted up to become the first horse since the great Yeats a decade ago to successfully defend the Gold Cup - sending 60,000 racegoers who were witnessing something special into a frenzy.

Dettori already had a treble in the bag by the time the five-year-old superstar, an even-money favourite, escaped from being cramped for room to charge up and beat Dee Ex Bee by a length.

"What an amazing horse, he's got me out of trouble. He's a horse for the occasion and I love him dearly," Dettori told ITV Racing after winning the biggest race of the meeting for a seventh time.

A seventh consecutive win for the magnificent Stradivarius made it four from four for Dettori, but he was denied a perfect day when he finished second behind Biometric (28/1) aboard the unsurprisingly well backed Turgenev in the Britannia Stakes.

Turgenev led a big field in the one-mile sprint until Biometric - trained by Ralph Beckett - stormed past under Harry Bentley on good to soft ground.

The Simon Crisford-trained A'Ali (5/1) got Dettori off to a winning start in the Norfolk Stakes and he doubled up his tally for the week when Sangarius (13/2), saddled by Michael Stoute, took the honours in the Hampton Court Stakes.

There was no stopping Dettori as Star Catcher (4/1) landed the Ribblesdale Stakes before Stradivarius took the spoils yet again, sending Gosden into the winners' enclosure for the second time of the day.

Aidan O'Brien celebrated a one-two-three in a King George V Stakes that was won by South Pacific after Biometric's success, but that did not take any gloss of a glorious day for Dettori with the Queen watching on.

Frankie Dettori steered Crystal Ocean to a maiden Group 1 victory in the Prince of Wales's Stakes and complete a double at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

Dettori produced a masterful ride aboard the 3/1 shot in the feature race over a mile and two furlongs on day two, fending off favourite Magical.

The five-year-old travelled strongly throughout under Italian Dettori and stayed on strongly to make Michael Stoute the first trainer to saddle 80 Royal Ascot winners.

Magical, ridden by Ryan Moore, was unable to catch Crystal Ocean and Dettori punched the air after crossing the line in driving rain, winning by one-and-a-quarter lengths with Waldgeist taking third spot.

"I knew he stayed really well so I kicked early, I didn't hear anything coming and the rest is history," Dettori told ITV Racing.

Dettori started the day by winning the Queen Mary Stakes on Raffle Prize (18/1) before taking his magic number of Royal Ascot wins to 62 with Crystal Ocean.

The Andrew Balding-trained Dashing Willoughby showed why the colt had been backed in from 14-1 to 6-1 by storming to victory in the Queen's Vase.

Balding said the three-year-old had been "very lame" last weekend, but he recovered to dart home under Oisin Murphy.

Ryan Moore claimed his third win of the meeting on Southern Hills for Aidan O'Brien in the Windsor Castle Stakes, while Daniel Tudhope added to his day-one double with a success on the aptly-named Move Swiftly in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes.

Afaak, ridden by Jim Crowley and trained by Charlie Hills, took the Royal Hunt Cup after the rain stopped and the sun finally came out.

Blue Point edged out 2-1 favourite Battaash to make it back-to-back victories in the King's Stand Stakes on day one at Royal Ascot.

The Charlie Appleby-trained 5-2 chance, ridden by James Doyle, got the better of his big rival for the second year in succession, winning by a length and a quarter. 

In the other Grade One race of the day, Circus Maximus, priced at 10-1, triumphed in the St James's Palace Stakes, holding off King of Comedy and 2-1 favourite Too Darn Hot.

It was a second win of the opening day for trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore, who earlier rode 15-8 favourite Arizona to victory in the Coventry Stakes.  

The first race of the day saw Daniel Tudhope ride the 14-1 David O'Meara-trained Lord Glitters to glory in the Queen Anne Stakes.

Tudhope subsequently claimed a second success with Addeybb in the Wolferton Stakes.

There was a surprise, meanwhile, in the Ascot Stakes when 12-1 shot The Grand Visir, ridden by Richard Kingscote, defeated Buildmeupbuttercup to deny Moore a third success.

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