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JCB Triumph Hurdle (Juvenile Grade 1) 2m 1f

  • (4yo, 2m 1f, Class 1, 15 runners)
  • Winner £68,340 2nd £25,644 3rd £12,840 4th £6,396 5th £3,216 6th £1,608
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 1.10s
  • Off time: 13:31:35
  • Last Updated: March 14 2014, 20:18 GMT

Tiger Roll won the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival for Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell.

Tiger Roll won the Triumph Hurdle
Tiger Roll won the Triumph Hurdle

Runner-up to Guitar Pete last time on just his second start over hurdles, Elliott was confident that his juvenile could reverse the form with his more experienced rival and the son of Authorized didn't disappoint.

There was early drama as Abbyssial and Ruby Walsh took a crashing fall and suffered a suspected broken wrist, bringing down stablemate Adriana Des Mottes, and there was drama at the finish as Daryl Jacob had to ride the last two furlongs aboard the favourite Calipto without his stirrups after a leather snapped and they could only stay on into fourth.

Ahead of the unbalanced Jacob, Tiger Roll was making the best of his way home alongside the stands rail to oblige by three and a quarter lengths at 10/1.

Kentucky Hyden was in second, outrunning better fancied stablemate Royal Irish Hussar, with Guitar Pete third.

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.

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."

Davy Russell "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, it's just life."
Davy Russell

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."

Elliott said: "It's a dream come true. We've hit the crosssbar all week, but I feel sorry for Bryan Cooper and I'm delighted for Davy because he's always very lucky when he rides for me.

"I was a bit nervous early as he was keen, but he's won and I'm delighted. We'll look at Punchestown but I'll talk with Michael and Eddie (O'Leary) and see."

Dessie Hughes, trainer of third home Guitar Pete, said: "He has run a good race. The winner was second to us at Leopardstown but he seemed to have improved a fair bit. I'm sure he'll go to Punchestown."

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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."

Jacob added: "I don't know why it happened, I had new stuff this week and maybe it was a faulty leather. Davy won well so I don't know what would have happened but I'd have definitely been in the shake up."

Nicky Henderson, responsible for second Kentucky Hyden and Royal Irish Hussar, who finished just behind the placed horses, said: "We've been second again. Both horses ran well.

"I would say Royal Irish Hussar would be more likely to go to Aintree. Kentucky Hyden is more of a stayer and wants softer ground. He'd be more likely for Punchestown, but we'll probably see the winner again there."

Tiger Roll and Calipto were both given quotes of 25/1 for the 2015 Champion Hurdle by Sky Bet whose Racing PR Manager Michael Shinners said: "Tiger Roll was very impressive and is a fascinating long-term prospect while Calipto will surely gain compensation for his luckless run here at some stage."

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