Gordon Elliott will take a watching transient over twin Grand National winner Tiger Roll earlier than deciding whether or not or not he’ll bid for a fourth victory within the Glenfarclas Cross Country race on the Cheltenham Festival.
Having received the three-and-three-quarter-mile chase in 2018 and 2019, he was runner-up two years in the past, however regained his title in March, beating his 2020 conqueror Easysland by 18 lengths.
However, now on the age of 12, his higher days seem behind him and he posted two subsequent lacklustre shows over regulation fences at Aintree final yr within the Grade One Aintree Bowl and on his seasonal bow when pulled up within the Grade Two Many Clouds Chase.
“The Cross Country Chase is an option, but he is not getting any younger,” mentioned Elliott.
“We’ll simply see how he’s.
“We haven’t really discussed retirement yet, but we’ll see how he goes over the next month or so.”
Elliott has a lot to stay up for, nonetheless, with a slew of winners over the Christmas interval promoting the Cullentra House yard’s type.
The victory of the Ronnie Bartlett-owned Galvin within the Grade One Savills Chase at Leopardstown was the icing on the cake.
Elliott added: “We had a great Christmas and Galvin was very good. I would imagine he will go straight to the Gold Cup now.”
The just-turned eight-year-old is at present 5-1 second favorite with Paddy Power for the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday, March 18, behind the horse he conquered at Leopardstown, A Plus Tard (7-2).