Monday 15 October 2018

Watch: Tiger Roll roars to his third Cheltenham festival win in the Cross Country Chase

Keith Donoghue celebrates winning the 16:10 Glenfarclas Chase on Tiger Roll Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers
Keith Donoghue celebrates winning the 16:10 Glenfarclas Chase on Tiger Roll Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Graham Clark

Tiger Roll won for the third time at the Cheltenham Festival in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase.

With victories in the Triumph Hurdle and four-mile National Hunt Chase under his belt already, he emulated his Gordon Elliott-trained stablemate Cause Of Causes - this time unplaced - with three successes to his name.

Always towards the head of affairs, the eight-year-old was settled just behind the pace-setting Beeves and his only real moment of danger was when another stable companion, Bless The Wings, fell early on and nearly brought him down.

His jockey Keith Donoghue took time out of the saddle not too long ago with weight problems, but could always count on the support of Elliott and has been rewarded with a first Festival winner.

Sent off at 7-1, he took up the running before entering the racecourse proper and while French challenger Urgent De Gregaine threw down a good challenge, he could only close to within two lengths. The Last Samuri did his Grand National chances no harm by finishing third.

Donoghue said: "That was brilliant. He jumped brilliant the whole way and travelled well.

"I thought he would win, my only worry was the ground.

"He comes alive round here - he loves it.

"If it wasn't for Gordon I wouldn't be standing here as I struggle with my weight."

Tiger Roll is owned by Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud operation.

O'Leary said: "This is a family pet now. He loved it.

"He hates everywhere else, but he loves Cheltenham. I wish I had a few more like him.

"He's a little rat of a thing, but he's the heart of a lion."

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