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Tiger Roll takes the Triumph Hurdle

Updated: Friday, 14 Mar 2014 14:09 | Comments

Davy Russell claimed victory about Tiger Roll Tiger Roll was imperious in claiming the JCB Triumph Hurdle
Davy Russell claimed victory about Tiger Roll Tiger Roll was imperious in claiming the JCB Triumph Hurdle

Tiger Roll oozed class when scooting up the hill to win the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Davy Russell was back in the Gigginstown House Stud colours replacing the injured Bryan Cooper and Gordon Elliott's youngster never looked in any danger.

He had Guitar Pete and Kentucky Hyden for company over the last, but Russell kicked him clear for a three-and-a-quarter-length win from the latter.

The unlucky horse was Calipto back in fourth as Daryl Jacob had major tack issues approaching the second-last, doing very well to keep the partnership intact.

Tiger Roll made his debut at Market Rasen for Nigel Hawke, after which Gigginstown snapped him up.

On his first run for Elliott he was second to Guitar Pete in Grade One company, but Elliott had said all along he was not afraid of taking on that rival again and he turned the form around in no uncertain terms.

It was vindication for Russell, who lost his job as number one rider for Gigginstown halfway through the season.

Ruby Walsh took a crunching fall early on from Abbyssial, walking off the track holding his arm and subsequently taken to hospital.

Russell said: "I had a couple of OK rides coming in and obviously I picked up this due to Bryan's (Cooper) injury.

"Gordon has done a marvellous job with this horse.

"It's only a third start in his career. He never ran on the Flat. Gordon had him on the button.

"Life will throw plenty of things at you. There's been a lot worse happen to other people. What happened to me (losing number one position at Gigginstown) it's just life."

Winning owner Michael O'Leary said: "It's wonderful. I'm delighted for Gordon Elliott. He's a brilliant trainer. He's been having a tough week as well.

"It's lovely to get one on the board, even if we had to wait until the last day."

Paul Nicholls was left to rue his luck with Calipto, saying: "It's just the way the week's gone, the leather snapped and it was a simple as that.

"He nearly got brought down when Ruby's horse fell and whether something happened then, I don't know.

"The leather snapped coming to the second-last and that was that. It's unbelievable.

"He's a super horse and will be a lovely runner next year. We have to look forward not back now."

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