TIGER Roll left connections highly satisfied with a creditable fifth on his comeback as stablemate Cracking Smart ran out a surprise winner of the Grade 2 Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle at Navan.
While Cracking Smart took the honours for Gigginstown House Stud and trainer Gordon Elliott, Tiger Roll raced with real enthusiasm for much of the way as he prepares to bid for a fifth win at the Cheltenham Festival and third successive Randox Health Grand National.
Cracking Smart bounces back in no uncertain terms with victory in the Boyne Hurdle at @NavanRacecourse.— Racing TV (@RacingTV) February 16, 2020
And what a run from Tiger Roll! The dual Grand National hero shows plenty of spark before tiring for fifth @gelliott_racing pic.twitter.com/r40Coi4ztu
Winner of this race 12 months ago, Tiger Roll only lost fourth place close home, having jumped well and travelled nicely after being held up in the rear through the early part of the two-mile, five-furlong contest.
Magic Of Light, last year’s National runner-up, and Killultagh Vic shared duties at the head of affairs, but both were swamped in the straight.
Cracking Smart (16/1) led two out and went on to score by four lengths from Penhill, with Bachasson five lengths away in third as trainer Willie Mullins provided the two placed horses.
"I thought he ran a brilliant race. I'm absolutely thrilled with the horse."@gelliott_racing is delighted with Tiger Roll and it's all systems go for Cheltenham and the Grand National now pic.twitter.com/EdCQ8a2FJh— Racing TV (@RacingTV) February 16, 2020