Tiger Roll was pulled up in the Glenfarclas Cross-Country on Friday
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The rain, expected to be heavy all morning at Cheltenham, can come in time for Domaine De L’Isle to win an extremely open-looking Paddy Power Gold Cup on Saturday.
If it does not rain enough, then Sean Curran’s seven-year-old will be run off his feet, but two miles five furlongs on the soft or heavy would be perfect conditions for the gelding, who won three races last season but failed to get home over three miles in the heavy at Ascot on his last start.
This season, he warmed up with a good run round Cheltenham in a novice hurdle behind Does He Know, winner of Friday’s Ballymore Hurdle, at the last meeting on good ground.
Curran had a double at Taunton on Thursday so his horses are in good form. Simply The Betts, the two-time course and distance winner including the Brown Advisory at the Festival, is a danger.
The chief danger, however, looks to be Siruh Du Lac who has a lot going for him. He was a length up when falling heavily at the second last in the Brown Advisory.
On Friday, Tiger Roll, the two-time Grand National winner, was pulled up in the Glenfarclas Cross-Country which was won by 22-1 shot Kingswell Theatre, raising questions about the great horse’s future.
Trainer Gordon Elliott said: “He’s not getting any younger. It would be a dream to go back and win a third National but there was no excuse.
“We were going to come back for the cross-country in March and then the National but we’ll get him back, see how he is and have a discussion.”