Wednesday 12 December 2018

Elliott happy with Tiger return as Josies takes prize

Trainer Gordon Elliott. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Gordon Elliott. Photo: Sportsfile

Grand National winner Tiger Roll ran a promising race in fourth on his return to action in yesterday's Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase at Cheltenham, which was won once again by Josies Orders.

Winner of the race in 2015, it was an incredible eighth success in the contest for trainer Enda Bolger, who has farmed events in the middle of the Cotswolds track since their inception.

Josies Orders (2/1 favourite) looked beaten at the last when Fact Of The Matter jumped past him, but the 10-year-old relished the climb to the line and Mark Walsh's mount dug deep to prevail by three-parts of a length.

"That was great, he really knows his way around here and cuts the corners well," said Bolger.

"I thought we were cooked coming to the last, but he's a great stayer and the nice ground helped him as well."

Tiger Roll was on and off the bridle at stages, but began to get involved with half a mile to run.

Having run wide on the final turn, Gordon Elliott's National winner stayed on nicely into fourth.

Elliott said: "It was a lovely run, Keith (Donoghue) just said he was a little bit rusty and had a couple of blows - I thought I had him a bit fitter, but it was his first time on the track since the National.

"Obviously he's getting a bit cuter at home, but I like the way he galloped from the third-last to the line."

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