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Tiger Roll set to run at Cheltenham Festival 2021 despite Navan flop

Tiger Roll remains on course to bid for his fifth Cheltenham Festival success, despite finishing last in a race at Navan yesterday.

The 11-year-old crossed the line well behind in the Ladbrokes Boyne Hurdle, which he won two years ago.

On that occasion, he defied odds of 25-1 before going on to win the first of his two Grand Nationals at Aintree.

Next month’s Glenfarclas Chase, a race he took in 2018 and 2019, is still on the agenda according to trainer Gordon Elliott.

“Keith said he travelled well to the third last, in horrible ground, and just got tired,” he said.

“It’s still all systems go for Cheltenham. Keith said he was happy with him, but he just got tired in the ground. He’ll be OK.

Tiger Roll ridden by jockey Davy Russell (centre) on the way to winning the 2019 Randox Health Grand National

“Of course you want him to run better, but he hated that ground.”

The other two Gigginstown House Stud-owned runners, Beacon Edge and Fury Road, fought out the finish to the 2m 5f contest.

Beacon Edge (15-8) just managed to push ahead in the closing stages to prevail by a neck.

Earlier on the card, Hugh Morgan produced a sensational performance to win a race without stirrups.

The issue with the tack materialised after the first fence, but Morgan somehow stayed aboard for the three-mile journey and went on to take the Racing Again March 6th Handicap Chase.




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