Another National On The Cards For Tiger Roll
The last four races at Cheltenham yesterday were won by well backed favourites and Ireland lead Britain 8-6 in the race to train most winners and keep the Prestbury Cup. Tiger Roll won the cross country chase for the second successive year and is on course to win back-to-back Grand Nationals. The horse has now won at four consecutive Festivals and yesterday’s victory was never in doubt. TIGER ROLL is in fine form and despite a weight hike looks a horse to back at 6/1 with Betfair to win the Grand National at Aintree next month.
The feature of the third day is the Stayers’ Hurdle over three miles at 3.30. Racing over the next two days is on the New Course which presents a greater test of stamina. The most interesting runner is Faugheen who is attempting to complete the Champion Hurdle/Stayers’ Hurdle double which has never been achieved. The horse is three from three over this distance when completing the course and the trainer has won the race in the last two years. However, PAISLEY PARK was impressive over course and distance in January so is the selection at 7/4 with Paddy Power.
All four English clubs have qualified for the quarter finals of the Champions League after winning the away legs of their last 16 ties. It is a free draw on Friday so the odds are heavily in favour of at least one Premier League match-up in next round. Meanwhile Arsenal and Chelsea are flying the flag for England in the Europa League. Arsenal have to overturn a 3-1 deficit against Rennes at the Emirates this evening. One early goal changes the dynamic and a 2-0 win is enough to progress. ARSENAL can do enough to win the tie and are 17/20 with Betfair to do just that.