National two-time hero Tiger Roll remains on track for the Cheltenham Festival despite finishing a final of six riders behind Beacon Edge in the Ladbrokes Boyne Hurdle in Navan.
A surprise winner of this sophomore competition two years ago before sealing his second success at Aintree a few months later, Tiger Roll returned to Navan on a recovery mission after a disappointing start to the season on the cross country course. of Cheltenham.
However, while the 11-year-old traveled extensively for much of the two-five-furlong journey under Keith Donoghue, he weakened from the start of the straight and finished about 48 lengths behind fifth Decor. Irish.
Coach Gordon Elliott wasn’t too disappointed as he felt the conditions were against his rider, who is now set to head to the Glenfarclas Chase at the Festival next month.
Elliott said: “Keith said he had traveled well until the third last, over horrible terrain, and he was just tired.
“It’s still all the systems that work for Cheltenham. Keith said he was happy with himself, but he was just tired in the ground. He will be fine.
“Of course you want him to run better, but he hated this pitch.”
At the end of the procedure, it was the other two riders belonging to Gigginstown House Stud who fought for the finish.
Tiger Roll’s stable mate Fury Road was the 11-8 favorite in the hands of Jack Kennedy and cut much of the run before being joined by Noel-trained Beacon Edge (15-8) and Sean Flanagan Meade after the last hurdle.
No quarter was given by the horse or jockey after the final flight, but it was Beacon Edge that pushed where it was important to win by a neck.
Meade said of the winner: “He had a colic over Christmas and spent almost a week in Kildare. Even though we thought he was at the time, he just wasn’t himself during his last race in Naas.
“He’s a fair horse. I wondered if he was going to make the trip, but he stays.
“Michael (O’Leary, owner) had in mind that he would go to Liverpool (Aintree) for the two and a half mile race (Aintree Hurdle), but he’s in the Stayers’ hurdle at Cheltenham. We have Diol Ker for that too and we’ll see what happens. “