Joy for disgraced trainer Gordon Elliott as two-time Grand National winner Tiger Roll wins the Glenfarclas Chase at Cheltenham under stand-in trainer Denise Foster
The remarkable Tiger Roll stormed to his fifth Cheltenham Festival victory and his third in the Glenfarclas Chase – giving Gordon Elliott yet another reason to be cheerful despite his ban from horse racing.
Elliott, suspended for being pictured atop a dead horse, is unable to enter horses at Cheltenham this year, but has sent horses to various different stables and transferred the registration of some – including Tiger Roll – to Denise Foster.
Foster is officially the recipient of the £48,750 prize money, despite her limited involvement.
Tiger Roll, ridden by Keith Donoghue, canters to victory in the Glenfarclas Chase
The 11-year-old dual Grand National winner returned to his best form, as a 9-2 shot here, to hand out an 18-length trouncing to even-money favourite Easysland – taking revenge on the French challenger for his defeat behind him in this race 12 months ago.
Tiger Roll will not be heading back to Aintree this year, having been taken out of the race by owners Gigginstown House Stud because they considered his handicap mark too high for him to have a chance of adding to his back-to-back titles there.
In the care of Denise Foster during long-time trainer Elliott’s well-chronicled ban, Tiger Roll was prominent throughout under Keith Donoghue and simply went further clear towards the end of the marathon contest – with Easysland his closest but vain pursuer.
Donoghue gives the thumbs up after Tiger Roll strode clear of the competition on Wednesday
Some Neck was third.
Donoghue, a three-time winner of this race too thanks to Tiger Roll, was in awe of the latest performance.
‘It’s unbelievable for him to come back and do it again,’ he said. ‘I’m just speechless – it’s absolutely brilliant. He means everything to me.
‘If it wasn’t for this horse, I wouldn’t be riding. It’s as simple as that.
Tiger Roll was trained by disgraced trainer Gordon Elliott, but registered to Denise Foster
‘Never underestimate the Tiger – a lot of people underestimated him. We all kept the faith in him – we know the horse he is, and he showed us that today.
‘He loved it, and that’s the Tiger we’ve seen at home.
‘I’m delighted he showed that on the track today. He’s just a legend.’