Keith Donoghue excited to ride Tiger Roll
Horse Racing Ireland hosted a press conference at Cheltenham this morning with jockeys Keith Donoghue, Jonathan Burke and Danny Mullins looking ahead.
Donoghue tasted success at last year’s meeting aboard Tiger Roll, who bids for a fourth win at the Cheltenham Festival in tomorrow’s Glenfarclas Chase (4.10pm), which he won last year.
Gordon Elliott’s charge went on to land the Grand National at Aintree in April under Davy Russell, but Donoghue has been delighted with the nine-year-old son of Authorized’s preparation ahead of the unique contest over the Cross Country fences. Tiger Roll was an impressive victor of the Boyne Hurdle over two miles and five furlongs on his latest start and the jockey is relishing the prospect of recording another success at Cheltenham.
He said: “Tiger Roll is in great form and I’m looking to riding him tomorrow. This is the place where you want to be riding and it’s exciting. You want to be coming to Cheltenham on a horse which has a live chance.
“If we get a nice run around like we did last year and a bit of luck, then hopefully he can win again. You could arguably say he is a better horse this year, having won a Grand National and now a Boyne Hurdle.
“It was a brilliant day last year and it meant a lot to win that event.”
Donoghue also rides out Unibet Champion Hurdle hope Apple’s Jade every day and he was bullish about her chances in this afternoon’s two-mile hurdling championship.
He continued: “Apple’s Jade is biting and kicking and when she is like that, she is on a going day. When she goes to kick you in the morning, then you know she is on a going day.
“The more she is on her toes then the better she is. I think she’s good enough to win a Champion Hurdle and her form this year has been superb.”
The rider also added that Delta Work, trained by Gordon Elliott, is his biggest fancy of the week in tomorrow’s RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase.