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DAY TWO: “The Tiger Rolls them over” – 5/4 favourite Tiger Roll wins Cross Country Chase

2018 Grand National winner Tiger Roll has won the Cross Country Chase.

15/2 Josies Orders came second, with 8/1 Urgent De Gregaine coming in third.

Tea for Two, under Lizzie Kelly, was the only horse to fall.

Winning Jockey Keith Donoghue believes Tiger Roll can follow in the footsteps of Red Rum in winning back to back Grand Nationals: “I think so. We’ll leave that to Davey Russell though. I hope that he does it for him.”

3:30 Queen Mother Champion Chase

Altior became the first favourite to win a race at Cheltenham after defending his Queen Mother Champion Chase crown.

The win makes it a double on the day for trainer Nicky Henderson and jockey Nico de Boinville.

11/1 Politologue came second, with 16/1 Sceau Royal completing the top three.

Nicky Henderson was full of praise for his winning jockey: “He started with us as an amateur. He had a sprinters work rate, that’s where he made his name. But now he’s made it well and clear at the top.”

2:50 Coral Cup

Nicky Henderson trained William Henry has won the Coral Cup by a nose.

The nine-year-old pipped 28/1 Wicklow Brave to the post, with Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Ballyandy coming third.

Winning Jockey Nico de Boinville said even he wasn’t 100% confident about the result: “I wasn’t quite sure (on the line), you have an inkling. He’s found an awful lot. That wind up in January has definitely helped him.”

2:10 RSA Chase

Paul Nicholls trained Topofthegame has won the RSA Chase.

Nicky Henderson’s Santini came second at 3/1, followed by Gordon Elliott’s 15/8 favourite Delta Work in third.

Ben Ville Boy fell early in the race, the first fall of the day.

Winning jockey Harry Cobden said seven-year-old “Is still growing into himself” and is “improving all the time.”

1:30 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle

Martin Brassil-trained City Island overcame 8/1 odds to win the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.

Joint-favourite Champ finished second at 9/2, with Bright Forecast coming third at 25/1.

Tom George’s 50/1 Seddon led the field until the final two fences before finishing 7th.

Other joint-favourite Battleoverdoyen was pulled up before the finish, before it was revealed post-race that it had lost it’s left shoe.

Winning Jockey Mark Walsh said: “This horse, it’s only it’s fourth run over hurdles. The first maiden it was disqualified.

“That was it’s first graded race it’s been in. We still don’t know how good he is, because even when he gets to the front he doesn’t even lose stroke.”

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