Saturday 17 March 2018

Elliott continues on a roll with Tiger in National Hunt Chase

Tiger Roll is well clear in the four-miler
Tiger Roll is well clear in the four-miler

Gordon Elliott completed a famous Cheltenham treble with Tiger Roll in the JT McNamara National Hunt Chase.

Winner of the Triumph Hurdle over two miles in 2014, the Gigginstown House Stud-owned gelding was sent off at 16-1 for this four-mile test.

The seven-year-old was pulling rider Lisa O'Neill's arms out running down the hill and picked up from the home turn for a ready three-length success.

Missed Approach was second ahead of Haymount in third.

O'Neill said: "It's surreal, to be honest. It's an overwhelming feeling. I was just hoping up the hill that there was nothing there to pass me.

"It's a good team effort and it's absolutely brilliant."

Elliott, who was following on from the earlier victories of Labaik and Apple's Jade, said of the jockey: "She's decent and is an absolute star.

"She pre-trains our horses and does everything for us. She's an absolute star and I'm delighted for her."

Elliott added of the winner: "I knew after three fences he was on a going day.

"He's a Triumph Hurdle winner and he's won here twice. He's never been moving so well at home.

"I can't believe it. To train three winners on the first day of Cheltenham. I thought if I had one this year I'd be delighted. It's a credit to the staff I have at home and the owners and the horses. It's brilliant."

Edwulf was being assessed by racecourse vets on Tuesday night after appearing to suffer what was thought to be some form of seizure in the closing stages.

It looked like the Joseph O'Brien-trained eight-year-old was going to finish second when he went badly wrong and collapsed.

The final race on the card was delayed by 10 minutes as he was being treated and he was eventually moved off the course while still being looked at, before being loaded into the horse ambulance.

Sophia Dale, communications manager for Jockey Club Racecourses, said: "Edwulf has gone off in the horse ambulance and he will continue to be assessed by the vets."

Tweeting a positive bulletin on Tuesday night, O'Brien's brother, Donnacha, said: "Edwulf is back in the stable yard receiving fluids, not out of the woods yet but looking more positive."

His rider Derek O'Connor tweeted: "Edwulf is up and gone back to the stable yard. Thanks."

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