Tiger Roll was pulled up in the Glenfarclas Cross Country
Handicap Chase at Cheltenham with jockey Robbie Power saying he was ‘never in a
rhythm,' writes Will Jennings.
Gordon Elliott’s nine-year-old, in his second run of the season after a sixth-place finish on the flat at Navan, appeared to struggle in the 3m6f contest as Michael Scudamore’s Kingswell Theatre stormed to a five-length victory.
David Cottin’s pre-race favourite Easysland, who beat Tiger Roll in the race in March, also disappointed on good Prestbury Park going as he could only finish fourth behind Beau Du Brizais and Potters Corner.
Elliott’s Aintree hero of 2018 and 2019 never looked comfortable and Power delivered a candid assessment after his unexpected failure to finish.
“He was never travelling,” said Power. “He never had a cut at his fences.
“I pulled him up because he was never in a rhythm.”
Power initially positioned Tiger Roll in the middle of the pack but Elliott’s chaser never looked happy during the first circuit.
And the jockey eventually pulled the three-time Cheltenham Festival winner up as Kingswell Theatre made all the running to hold off Beau Du Brizais by a comfortable margin.
Tiger Roll had started the race as second-favourite at odds of 4-1, but an eagerly-anticipated rematch with Festival nemesis Easysland never materialised as Scudamore’s mount – ridden by older brother Tom – completed an impressive performance.