Tiger Roll can win for the fourth time at the Cheltenham Festival at the chief expense of main rival Auvergnat.
TIGER ROLL – 3-1 with bet365, Ladbrokes and Betfred. Cheltenham Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase. Wednesday 13th March.
The Gordon Elliott-trained Tiger Roll has paid four visits to the Cheltenham Festival and the only time the son of Derby winner Authorized has failed to win was in the 2015 Ladbrokes World Hurdle. Victories in the 2014 Triumph Hurdle, the National Hunt Chase of 2017 and most recently last year’s Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase mark the popular gelding out as a quite exceptional horse, particularly following the biggest pay day of all in the 2018 Randox Health Grand National.
An attempt to become the first dual winner of the world’s most famous steeplechase since Red Rum in 1973/74 is the long-range target for the nine-year-old but first a fourth festival triumph beckons and it would take a brave man to oppose a second Cross Country Chase win for the horse who looks one of the bankers of the meeting in just over two months time. The 3-1 Cheltenham betting odds currently available with bet365, Ladbrokes and Betfred is likely to be much shorter come the day of the race.
The one horse who looks capable of pushing Tiger Roll all the way however is Auvergnat from the stable of Enda Bolger and it may be worth having a saver on the JP McManus-owned gelding at the 8-1 offered by William Hill and Betvictor (watch out for their Cheltenham free betting offers in the lead up to the festival ).The horse was over 17 lengths behind Tiger Roll at last year’s festival but ran out an easy winner of the valuable Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas and in a discipline which suits the horse so well looks a good bet to finish in the frame at the very least.
Last year’s runner-up, French challenger Urgent De Gregaine ( 12-1 Ladbrokes and Unibet ), will need a career-best performance to reverse that form and would be much better off in a handicap while 2016 winner Josies Orders ( on the subsequent disqualification of Any Currency ) was a well-beaten sixth 12 months ago and has not done anything this season to suggest he is capable of troubling the principles.
The Jamie Snowden-trained Fact Of The Matter has taken well to the Cross Country course at Prestbury Park and could go well at Betfair Sportsbook’s 16-1 but this is all about Tiger Roll and a fourth festival victory.
🐯@gelliott_racing confirms that Tiger Roll is set to be back in action this weekend!— CheltenhamRacecourse (@CheltenhamRaces) November 12, 2018
He holds an entry for the @glenfarclas Cross Country Chase on Friday!🏇
We cannot wait to see him back over these fences. Remember that win back in March? #TheNovemberMeeting #Cheltenham pic.twitter.com/fsdUEMFRZl