Tiger Roll races into Cheltenham history but denied tilt at Aintree three-timer


  • Row means dual Grand National winner will not line up in April
  • Second meeting success for trainer from banned Elliott’s yard

The extraordinary Tiger Roll added another stirring chapter to his story here on Wednesday, winning at the Cheltenham Festival for the fifth time in his career and doing so with the vigour and enthusiasm of a horse half his age. But the climax it deserves will remain unwritten, as this month the dual Grand National winner was taken out of this year’s race, with Michael O’Leary, his owner, claiming the weight he had been asked to carry at Aintree was “unfair”.

This was the second winner at the meeting for Denise Foster, who replaced Gordon Elliott as the licence holder at his Cullentra House stable after a picture emerged of the trainer sitting on a dead horse on his gallops in 2019. The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board is satisfied that Elliott, who lives at the yard, is not involved in day-to-day training of the horses, and Foster will receive the trainer’s share, around 9%, of the prize fund of around £50,000.

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Written by Greg Wood at Cheltenham
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