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CHELTENHAM PREVIEW: Tiger Roll back in action on Countryside Friday

Tiger Roll returns to action this Friday in the November meeting at Cheltenham. It’s the first time the 8-year-old will be running since his win in the Grand National last April. He’ll be looking to win in Glenfarcles Cross Country Handicap Chase, in the first of three days racing at Prestbury Park.

Davy Russell rode Tiger Roll that day, but a jockey hasn’t been lined up yet for this Friday’s race.

Other horses competing on Friday include Modus in the Handicap Chase and Aye Aye Charlie in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of he November meeting.

Willie Mullins trained Douvan is out for the season.

Ticket Prices and when it starts 

The first race will start at 12:40 and the current going is as follows

Chase & Hurdle: Good to Soft. Cross Country: Good, Good to Firm

With little to no rain expected in Cheltenham over the next few days we may see the course going as good by the time the first runners are ready to go.


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Horses to look out for

Modus- Barry Geraghty has already claimed the ride on Modus as he runs in the BetVictor Handicap Chase. Modus last ran on the 27th October at Cheltenham, winning his first run of the season.

Out Sam- Gordon Elliot trained Out Sam is another runner who comes into the November meeting after one race and one win so far this season. Out Sam’s last run was just under two weeks ago when he finished 1st out of 20 at Cork.

It’s a step up to come to Cheltenham but the nine year old may be in contention as he lines up in the Amateur Rider’s Handicap Chase.

French Crusader- Trainer Nicky Henderson saw French Crusader win at Newbury just four days ago, when he was first of six. It’ll have to be a quick turn around for him to get anything out of the 1:15 on Friday, but if running he could be in contention.

Aye Aye Charlie- The six year old has a run out in the 3:35 this Friday. The Fergal O’Brien trained horse won on Saturday at Kelso, but running alongside only three other horses, may need a more competitive run-out on Friday. Like French Crusader, Aye Aye Charlie could be another potential winner if he runs on Friday.


Last Year’s Cross Country Handicap Chase winner  

Kingswell theatre won the 2017 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase. The 14/1 shot stayed on to hold off competition from Vicomte de Seuil.

The going was good that day and 2/1 favourite Auvergnat fell at the 11th.

Ben Tierney’s Best Tips for Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Friday 1:50- Modus- Was heavily tipped my Head Lad Harry Derham in an ParkLifeSport exclusive to have a good season. His work in the yard has been “excellent” and already has a win at Cheltenham this season.

Saturday 2:25- Frodon- Cherishes the hill at Cheltenham and is always game on the soft ground. In-form Bryony Frost will saddle and has had success with Frodon at Cheltenham last season. Already picked up a win at Aintree this term and will improve.

Sunday 3:00- Verdana Blue – bolted up last week at Wincanton for Nicky Henderson against very capable opposition in If The Cap Fits and stablemate We Have a Dream should go well here against another good field.






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