Tiger Roll: Delta Work the biggest threat to five-time Cheltenham Festival winner

Tiger Roll: Delta Work the biggest threat to five-time Cheltenham Festival winner

Steve Ryder reacts to the release of the remaining three Cheltenham Festival entries, with Delta Work the biggest danger to Tiger Roll in the five-time winner’s final race.

The missing three Cheltenham Festival races had their entry stage yesterday, leading to ramifications in the ante-post markets for the Cross Country Chase, Champion Bumper and Hunters’ Chase.

The Gordon Elliott trained trio of Farclas, Mortal and Samcro were the notable absentees in the Cross Country Chase entries yesterday alongside Ajas. It is in fact Delta Work who looks to the biggest danger to five-time Cheltenham Festival winner Tiger Roll (best price 2/1). 

Tiger Roll Cheltenham Festival wins

RACE YEAR
Cross Country Chase 2021
Cross Country Chase 2019
Cross Country Chase 2018
National Hunt Chase 2017
Triumph Hurdle 2014

 

The dual Grand National hero is set to be retired after this race but faces strong competition from the 159 rated Delta Work if he was to run over this cross country course for the first time. He finished a close fourth behind Frodon, Galvin and Minella Indo on his reappearance this season and a repeat of that effort would see him prove extremely hard to beat if taking to this discipline. 

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Willie Mullins dominates Champion Bumper market

29 horses have been entered for the Champion Bumper this season and unsurprisingly it is the Willie Mullins trained Facile Vega (10/11) who still heads the market for the race. The son of the legendary Quevega has looked imperious on both of his starts and heads a strong team for the Closutton stable with the likes of Redemption Day, Mercurey and Jamess Gate all available at single figure prices. 

The Gordon Elliott trained American Mike looks the biggest danger to the Willie Mullins contingent and he is a strong second favourite at 11/4 having won both of his starts under rules. Our Jester, Mullenbeg and Poetic Music have all shortened at bigger prices but all are still available at odds of 20/1 or bigger and it looks a race set to be dominated by the Irish again this year. 

Porlock Bay absence opens door for Billaway in the Hunters’

The defection of last year’s winner Porlock Bay in the Hunters’ Chase has resulted in the Willie Mullins trained Billaway (3/1) shortening into favourite for the race. He got back to winning ways last time at Naas in first-time cheekpieces and punters prefer his chances to his Thurles conqueror Winged Leader who is currently second favourite for the race. 

If David Maxwell rode Bob And Co to glory in the race I am sure the crowd would give him huge appreciation; his mount has also shortened in the market to as short as 7/1 (best price 10/1).

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