• Tiger Roll in great shape for Cheltenham Festival

    Tiger Roll’s legion of adoring fans received the best news possible yesterday when trainer Gordon Elliott announced that the back-to-back Grand National winner is now cantering and is very much on course to make an appearance at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

    The ten-year-old underwent an operation for a small joint chip in November and the news is that he has fully recovered from the procedure and remains very much in the frame to grab a hat-trick in the Glenfarclas Cross County Chase on 11th March.

    Indeed there is every possibility that the runner could be tackling the Boyne Hurdle at Navan in mid-February, however Elliott remains tight-lipped about this and will be monitoring the progress of the famous horse over the coming weeks.

    The trainer said: “Tiger Roll is in great nick and he is back cantering away. I’ve been very happy with him and with the way he has progressed over the last few weeks. 

    “It is hard to know whether he will make the Boyne Hurdle at Navan. He could be back in time for it, you never know, but we will see how the next few weeks go. He will definitely make Cheltenham, that’s for sure. He’s very well at the moment and I couldn’t be happier with him.”

    Tiger Roll is a best price of 7/1 to make history by becoming the first horse ever to win the Grand National three years on the trot.