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  • Tiger Roll struggles in Cheltenham Festival warm-up

    Two-time Grand National winner Tiger Roll failed to pick up on heavy ground in his Cheltenham Festival warm-up at Navan, the Gordon Elliott-trained eleven-year-old looking good for the majority of the Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle – a race he won in 2019 – but trailing the field after failing to take to the unsuitably heavy conditions following the third-last.

    Tiger Roll was beaten by 65 lengths in the race and once it was clear he wasn’t going to win, he wasn’t given a hard time. In fairness, these were very trying conditions and the 2018 and 2019 National winner simply got tired, however as far as his appearance in the Cheltenham Festival is concerned it’s still all systems go.

    On the back of this outing, Tiger Roll’s odds on the 2021 Randox Grand National drifted from a general 14/1 to around 20/1 with William Hill Bookmakers going as much as 33/1 that he clinches his third straight win in the steeplechase.

    Nevertheless there was reason to be cheerful for the Gigginstown House Stud given that Beacon Edge came out on top in a thrilling tussle with Fury Road in the race.

    Elliott said after the race: “Keith [Donoghue] said he travelled well to the third-last but it was horrible ground and he just got tired. Of course I would have liked him to run better, but Keith said he hated the ground. It’s all systems go for Cheltenham.”