Ladies Day (Day 2) really is the golden ticket for this year’s Cheltenham Festival!
Whilst Altior attempts a hat trick of Champion Chases, the nation’s favourite horse and dual Grand National winner, Tiger Roll, is attempting his own hat trick bid of three Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase titles.
His preparation has not been ideal but trainer Gordon Elliott is delighted with his progress and it’s all systems go for this race at Cheltenham and more significantly an attempt to win a third Grand National which will seal his status of legend and immortality if he is triumphant.
CAN TIGER ROLL WIN ANOTHER GRAND NATIONAL?
When the Grand National weights were revealed some weeks ago, the horse’s owner Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair went almost into mini meltdown upon receiving the news that Tiger Roll will be carrying 11 stone 10 into battle at Aintree on Saturday April 5th.
And yes the 5/1 favourite (NRNB with Betfair, Paddy Power, Betfred) can easily oblige with a clear round of jumping.
The sport of national hunt will be greatly elevated if Tiger Roll wins.
In fact the profile of the sport will be enhanced either way in the days and weeks leading up to the big race, as comparisons with that previous Aintree hero Red Rum will undoubtedly emerge.
Tiger Roll’s biggest concern however will be the threat of the Coronavirus spread which by early April, judging by current predictions, will have soared to somewhat more urgent levels.
The Cheltenham Festival may look safe but future crowded events such as The Aintree Grand National Meeting and Royal Ascot now look increasingly under threat.
THE GLENFARCLAS CROSS COUNTRY CHASE
However, before Tiger Roll attempts to rewrite history at Aintree, the Gordon Elliott trained pocket rocket has The Glenfarclas Chase to navigate on Day 2 of The Cheltenham Festival.
This hat trick attempt looks far easier on paper and providing he’s fit and reasonably sound, this should be a formality based on the strength of his mighty impressive victory last year.
He is clearly at ease with the novelty fences, mini hills and hedges in this cross country encounter and the best priced Evens money (Betfair, Paddy Power, Unibet, Coral, Betfred) on offer could end up being exceptional value.
DANGERS TO TIGER ROLL
This French cross country specialist and now wearing the JP McManus colours is a serious threat to the Tiger Roll party. He won the same named race back in December at Cheltenham and a similar event in France last month.
Although he stays the trip well his jumping is slightly suspect and this will certainly be put to the test if Tiger Roll is on his A game. 3/1 best with Bet 365 and Bet Victor NRNB.
Nicky Henderson surprised a lot of folk by entering his 2018 Gold Cup runner-up for this event. It’s anybody guess what this quirky horse may produce.
His gradual fall from grace since that blistering 2018 Gold Cup duel with Native River has been legendary: he has either fallen or failed to stay the trip over a number of runs. Very interesting contender and well worth an each way flutter at 12/1 with Betfred (NRNB).
URGENT DE GREGAINE
The second French entry is firmly held by Tiger Roll on the formbook but has been placed in this event twice before and represents another each way chance at 12/1 with Betfair, Paddy Power and Betfred.
Hard to see beyond Tiger Roll sealing a hat trick in this event although he will not find things as easy as last year with the threat of Easysland. Might Bite a definite factor if he can reignite his Grade One form.
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