Tiger Roll has had a remarkable career with five hits at the Cheltenham Festival and Gordon Elliott has high hopes that everyone’s horse can wrap up his career in fairy style at the Cotswolds next month.
i was his first Cheltenham Festival success that came in 2014 when he landed the Triumph Hurdle, Elliott has done a remarkable job of keeping him sound throughout his glittering career, including including two Aintree Grand National victories.
Meath’s coach knows he may not be the old force with two colorless performances this season, but he feels that the 12-year-old will “take all the blows” if he shows up anywhere close to him. best as he chases a record sixth Festival win.
“He was unbelievable. He hasn’t missed too much of the Cheltenham Festival since winning the Triumph Hurdle. He may have missed one (in 2016), he’s a great horse. He’s part of the team here and he’s a horse of a lifetime,” Elliott said earlier today.
“We put him at Cheltenham last week through the Cross Country fence and he’s very good. I think the negative with Tiger Roll is if the ground is soft. He’s not like a horse on soft ground.
“The better the pitch, the better chance he has. I don’t think it’s going to be terrible rain between now and Cheltenham, if the ground keeps drying we’ll be happy. He’ll win the Festival. sixth time, he’s a great horse.
“The thing with the Tiger Roll is that whoever ever walks into this yard, one horse they want to see is the Tiger Roll.
“There is only one place I am interested in winning with him and that is Cheltenham. He cannot walk in soft ground. His run on the last day was as good or bad as his run in Boyne Hurdle last year and everyone then said he had no chance.
“Around that place (Cheltenham), he was just different. He’s getting older, but if he can grow even 80% with the form he’s had over the past few years then he’ll take any beating.
“Bringing a horse like him back year after year is something special. He’s also a character and he’s a favorite and coming back and winning this year would be a great thing. “
Tiger Roll is a 2/1 favorite to equal Quevega’s six-time Festival champions while he’s set up for Cheltenham by level-stabilizing friend Delta Work (6/1) with the Irish Gold Cup winner 2020 won the right to cross the Cross Country fence when tackling them last week.
“Delta Work was there (Cheltenham) last week, studying very well and he ran in the Cross Country. If the ground is soft, he will be there to take the place of Tiger. That said, it is very difficult to win. won over that course the first time.
“But we think it would be a nice route to go with him before heading off to the England national team. It might just make him a little sweeter. He was jarred at Leopardstown last year and just not the same over the park fence.
“So we said we were going to teach him over the Cross Country fence. We had him at Cheltenham last week and he was fantastic. He’s only nine years old so if he plays then it’s fine. He would be a great replacement for Tiger Roll.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/horse-racing/cheltenham/theres-only-one-place-i-care-about-winning-with-him-and-thats-cheltenham-gordon-elliott-41395607.html ‘There’s only one place I’m interested in winning with him and that’s Cheltenham’ – Gordon Elliott