‘Late decision’ to be made on Cheltenham target for Conflated | Race News

Conflated connections are ’50-50′ on whether the Irish Gold Cup winner opts for the Ryanair Chase or the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The eight-year-old, trained by Gordon Elliott, will be confirmed for both races at next week’s big event.

“No decision has been made yet. We’re 50-50 between races. We’ll wait to see what the ground is and see what everyone does,” said Eddie O’Leary, race director for owners of Gigginstown House Stud. .

“It will be a late decision. He will be confirmed for both races.”

Conflated is an 8-1 chance for Ryanair, which is sponsored by Michael O’Leary, and is a best-priced 12-1 shot for the Gold Cup.

Of Gigginstown’s other three Ryanair entries, O’Leary added: “Notebook won’t work. He goes for the Webster Cup at Navan on Saturday and Hardline runs into the plate at Cheltenham. Battleoverdoyen will do a bit of work before it’s decided whether he runs at Cheltenham or not.”

Meanwhile, Tiger Roll is said to be in fine form ahead of his swansong in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase on Wednesday.

The 12-year-old has won the Festival five times, including three times this race, and he will make his eighth appearance in the past nine years as long as the ground is deemed suitable.

“Knock on wood it’s all good and hopefully there won’t be too much rain for him. He needs a better type of ground to shine,” O’Leary said of the double hero of the Grand National.

“It’s definitely his last race. He will retire immediately afterwards.

“Cheltenham is a very suitable place to pull him off as he is a five-time winner there.”




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