Cheltenham hero Tiger Roll’s 5 wins relived ahead of final Festival race

Tiger Roll is ready to make his final Cheltenham appearance.

Tiger Roll jumping

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Tiger Roll is set to make his final Cheltenham Festival appearance in the Cross Country Chase at the 2022 Festival before he rides off into the sunset.

The 12-year-old has already ran 44 times under rules, winning on 13 of those rides. That’s not to mention the £1,419,316 in prize money he’s racked up over the years!

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Tiger Roll won the Grand National in 2018 and 2019 to become the first horse since Red Rum to win it in consecutive years. However, the Gigginstown House Stud runner has also dominated at Cheltenham. He’s won five times at the Festival since 2014.

With Tiger Roll getting ready for retirement, we’ve decided to relive his Cheltenham wins ahead of his final race.

Tiger Roll wins the Grand National 2019

Triumph Hurdle 2014

Tiger Roll’s first Cheltenham win came in the Triumph Hurdle eight years ago. Davy Russell was on board for Gordon Elliott, with the then four-year-old going off at 10/1. Tiger Roll travelled well and had the lead heading into the final fence. He kicked on to beat Nicky Henderson’s Kentucky Hyden by 3l. That was Tiger Roll’s first Grade 1 win and he didn’t look back after that.

National Hunt Chase 2017

The Elliott runner’s next Cheltenham win came three years later in the National Hunt Chase. After a hectic 2016, which saw Tiger Roll run 13 times, he took a 134 day break and came into the 2017 Cheltenham Festival fresh – and it showed. The seven-year-old, who went off at 16/1, won by 3l despite making a couple of mistakes. He made errors at the 11th, the 18th and the 20th fence. However, he led with three jumps remaining and kicked on after the final fence. That win saw Elliott and Co. scoop the £71,952 prize pot.

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Cross Country 2018

After winning the Triumph Hurdle and the National Hunt Chase, Elliott opted to run Tiger Roll in the Cross Country in 2018. He wasn’t hugely fancied and most bookies had him middle of the pack at around 7/1, while The Last Samuri for Kim Bailey went off as the 11/4 favourite. Tiger Roll stalked the leaders throughout and jockey Keith Donoghue made his move about six fences out. He stayed well for the remainder of the race and won by 2l. Elliott said Tiger Roll’s success in the Cross Country was down to schooling at home.

Cross Country 2019

Tiger Roll went on to win the Grand National in 2018 after his Cross Country triumph and Elliott and Co. decided to go the same route in 2019. He went off the 5/4 favourite after boasting an official rating of 159. Donoghue was on board once again because if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Tiger Roll travelled nicely throughout and went second before the water jump. He took the lead with five jumps remaining and kicked on two out to coast home. He won by a remarkable 22l ahead of Josies Orders. Lightning struck twice for Tiger Roll a month later as he won the Grand National again for the second consecutive season.

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Cross Country 2021

Tiger Roll finished second in the Cross Country in 2020, despite being the 8/11 favourite, with Easysland cruising home to win by 17l. However, he bounced back in 2021 when being trained by Denise Foster. Tiger Roll flip flopped from first to second throughout the race but made a move three fences out. He kicked on brilliantly and went 15l clear prior to the last fence and went on to win by 18l.

Tiger Roll will not be running in the 2022 Grand National so all signs point to the Cross Country at Cheltenham being his last ever race. The 12-year-old will be hoping to secure his sixth win at the Festival and his fourth Cross Country win in five attempts.

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