CHALLENGING SPRING BECKONS FOR TIGER ROLL, HIS TRAINER, AND OWNER

At just over 15 hands, Tiger Roll does not look like the kind of muscular bruiser who can tackle a four-mile chase over rugged obstacles.  But looks can be deceiving, and this champion with Rolls-Royce-like horsepower has demonstrated that not only can he handle it, but that he might just be the best long-distance chaser of the modern era.

As everyone who follows British horse racing is aware, Tiger Roll has some business to take care of in the coming weeks.  First up, coronavirus permitting, there is the Cheltenham Festival, where he, somewhat remarkably, could become a five-time winner if he lands the Cross Country Chase, putting him in company with the legendary Golden Miller, and just one win behind the all-time record holder Quevega, who won six consecutive Mares’ Hurdles from 2009-2014.

Tiger Roll will start as the clear favorite for the stamina-testing Cross-Country Chase and, if last year’s contest is anything to go by, the current price of 11/10 on betting exchanges looks generous.  A horse rarely goes off as odds-on in these 4-mile tests that tend to become wars of attrition, so seeing Tiger Roll at 10/11 and below with some bookmakers shows how highly he is regarded.

Tiger Roll Tops Ante-Post Betting

But if the Cheltenham Festival is seen as the appetizer of the racing spring, the Grand National is the main course for jumps racing fans.  One can learn about the latest betting odds and markets for the Grand National at freebets.com, but this race is all about Tiger Roll.  He currently leads the betting markets at a best price of 11/2 with Unibet, but those odds will certainly tumble if he runs well at Cheltenham next week.

Competition could come from anywhere in the field of 40; after all, 100/1 winners are not unheard of in the National.  But Burrows Saint (12/1), Definitly Red (12/1), and Any Second Now (14/1) seem to be the candidates taking the most money in the ante-post markets (all odds from Bet365).

A Nation Gets Behind One Horse

If a person is not an avid follower of British jumps racing, it’s difficult to comprehend the high regard held for Red Rum’s three Grand National victories (1973, 1974, 1977).  It was a record that racing fans felt would never be broken.  Few horses had even come close to winning two Grand Nationals until Tiger Roll scored his victories in 2018 and 2019.

And now, on April 4, 2020, the nation will watch as Tiger Roll goes for that hat-trick.  It’s been an interesting lead-up, especially when owner Michael O’Leary played chicken with the handicapper over the weight given to Tiger Roll.  O’Leary was well aware that the media and racing public felt they were “owed” this race, and his threatening to pull Tiger Roll felt a little underhanded.  Tiger Roll received top weight for the race, and O’Leary seems resolved to the assignment.

As for his trainer, Gordon Elliott, a win will be confirmation that he currently is the best jumps trainer in the British Isles.  He has a friendly rivalry with compatriot Willie Mullins, but Elliott has arguably stepped out of Mullins’ shadow in recent years.  A Tiger Roll victory next month will add further weight to the consensus that the younger Irishman has outstripped the old master.

GUIDANCE ON WAGERING ON CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL RACES

The 2020 Cheltenham Festival has nearly arrived.  Between March 10 and 13, the British and Irish horse racing worlds will be focused on Cheltenham. The famed race course will offer four days of the best national hunt racing of the year, with plenty of betting opportunities.

Highly competitive fields at Cheltenham always challenge bettors to pick winners. An important first step is to determine the right bookmaker to patronize. However, it’s not a cut-and-dried decision. As with the increasingly popular sports betting in the United States, bettors in the UK have an array of choices and selecting the right bookmaker requires due diligence.

Don’t Just Join One Site

For starters, joining more than one site is a good idea. Plenty of special offers are extended for the Cheltenham Festival; therefore, it is potentially profitable to find out what is being promoted and by whom. Different bookmakers offer a range of prices on the chasers, so registering with more than one is wise.

Check Out the Offers

Online bookmakers tender various types of welcome offers to entice new customers. To illustrate, a bettor might see the first deposit matched up to a certain amount. Another offer is a risk-free first bet wherein the bettor is indemnified by cash back or a free bet if the initial wager with the bookmaker is a loser.

Then there are the enhanced odds offers. For example, there may be enhanced offers on the favorite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup with extra winnings paid as free bets.

The fine print describing the terms and conditions of welcome offers needs to be read. Not all are as good as they sound and some come with conditions such as high wagering requirements or restrictions on how free bets can be used.

So delve into the promotions a site has to offer, as there are many available. These include, for instance, money-back, enhanced odds, and extra payouts.

Get Reliable Advice

To be sure, there are lots of great options when it comes to choosing Cheltenham Festival betting sites. To narrow the possibilities and sort the good from the bad, a website that reviews online bookmakers can be a go-to source for bettors. Especially, a bettor can learn of a variety of welcome offers and which are most attractive.

Join a Site You Can Trust Financially

Knowledge of the trustworthiness of an online bookmaker is imperative in order to avoid fraud. An online bookmaker should have a UK Gambling Commission licence, which mandates strict regulatory compliance.

Doing business with a site that has an assortment of payment methods is also a must. Moreover, a bettor is well advised to find out how long a bookmaker takes to process withdrawals.

Odds and Markets

Odds quoted by bookmakers can and often do vary, which is another reason why it is prudent to sign up with more than one site. Additionally, look to register with a site that offers plenty of plays. That way, a bettor can wager on, say, who the top jockey or trainer will turn out to be or how many Irish-trained horses will be winners.

A site that has an easy-to-navigate app full of relevant information is a particularly useful benefit to seek. Another feature is the amount of support and guidance a site provides, not just for queries pertaining to offers but also about blogs and statistics that can help a bettor to handicap.

THE AINTREE GRAND NATIONAL IS COMING UP ON APRIL 4, 2020

Tiger Roll assigned top weight for the Grand National

The formidable Tiger Roll will have to overcome weight of 11 st. 10 lbs. (164 lbs.) if he is to record an unprecedented hat-trick of three consecutive wins in the Aintree Grand National. Tiger Roll’s owner, Gigginstown House Stud, has warned that the stable’s star chaser will not run if it believes the gelding has been unfairly treated in terms of weight.  The 10-year-old Tiger Roll has been raised 11 lbs. in the official ratings but will be carrying just 5 pounds more than last year.

Once the dust has settled, it seems almost certain that Tiger Roll will run on April 4.   He finally reappeared on track over hurdles at Navan in February, racing keenly until tiring in the closing stages to finish fifth. Yet trainer Gordon Elliott was delighted with that run, considering it to be a prep for the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham, which he will try to win for a third straight year.  If all goes to plan, Tiger Roll will certainly start as the favorite in his quest to become the first horse in history to achieve a three-peat in the Country Chase.  His 2019 win was by an easy 22 lengths.

Gigginstown House Stud also entered Delta Work in the Grand National, who it believes has a realistic chance to win the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 13.   Delta Work has been allotted the same weight as Tiger Roll.

Magic Of Light up 7 lbs. from last year

2019 Grand National runner-up Magic Of Light and fourth-placed Walk In The Mill have been raised 7 lbs. and 6 lbs., respectively, for the 2020 race.

Magic Of Light, a 9-year-old mare, made a costly mistake at the final fence in the 2019 Grand National, so she has a shot at turning the tables on Tiger Roll.  The last mare to win the race was Nickel Coin way back in 1951. Magic of Light has already won at Newbury and Ascot this year.

A recent run over hurdles has kept Robert Walford’s Walk in the Mill on track for Aintree.  Walk in the Mill’s prospects were covered in late January by HorseRacingBusiness.com. A recent run over hurdles has kept the gelding on schedule for Aintree.

Multiple factors go into finding the ideal bet for the Grand National. To assist in handicapping the race, the Grand National Guide provides extensive analysis and betting trends as well as best bets. Last year, the Guide forecast two placed horses from four headline selections and the experts will once again be doing their homework to predict the 2020 Grand National winner.

Burrows Saint a strong tip from Ireland

Stamina is certainly a key factor in finding the Grand National winner and there is no better trial than the Irish Grand National.  Willie Mullins sent out Burrows Saint to win the race last year and a repeat has been his target ever since.  The horse is now 12 lbs. higher but is only seven years of age so could still be improving. Mullins’ entries finished 1-2-3 in the 2019 Irish Grand National.

Another to watch is Potters Corner, who stayed on to win the Welsh Grand National in heavy ground in December.  Trainer Christian Williams believes his horse can be effective on faster ground but the more rain the better for his supporters. Williams rode Royal Auclair to finish second in the 2005 Grand National so a victory as a trainer would be a significant addition to his resume.

Grand National betting is hugely popular in the United Kingdom and bookmakers will be offering special enhanced terms for the big race. These can include each-way betting down to sixth or even seventh place. If a bettor places an ante-post wager on the Grand National, he or she should make sure that the bookmaker is offering the “Non-Runner/No Bet” guarantee.  This ensures that if the horse wagered on is withdrawn for any reason, the bettor will be reimbursed.

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