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Friday 21st October 2016

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Gordon Elliott can Showcase his talents at the double at Cheltenham on Friday

Angus McNae was on fire last week with all four of his tips coming in including 12-1 Sheikhzayedroad. See who he is tipping on day one of the Showcase meeting at Cheltenham on Friday.

Gordon Elliott's runners are to be feared wherever they pop up and when they turn up at Cheltenham I always sit up and take notice. I am particularly keen on two of his runners today on account of the red-hot form that he is in. 

Of his 15 most recent runners in his native Ireland eight of them have won. Over the next two days he has five runners at Cheltenham and I am coupling up two of them in a double today as well as backing them individually.

Tiger Roll
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Tiger Roll

The two horses in question are Tiger Roll in the 3.55 and Cecil Corbett in the 5.05.

Tiger Roll has run three times at Cheltenham, and has won on two occasions. Those wins came in 2014 and included the Triumph Hurdle. On his only other start at the track he finished down the field behind Cole Harden in the 2015 World Hurdle.

Now chasing, he has a good record. He has run over the larger obstacles eight times winning three of those races and was second on three occasions. Most recently at Limerick in the Munster National he was an impressive seven-length winner from Stellar Notion at 20-1. He jumped well and was untroubled to win off a mark of 138. Interestingly it was his first try at three miles over fences and he seemed to relish the trip – a good sign for today’s return to the distance. He could be called the winner at least a mile from home and a repeat will see him win again. He is now officially rated 152, which makes him at least 10lb superior to all of his rivals. As a point of interest four of the six runners are trained in Ireland and the two trained here are vastly inferior on the figures.

If he goes in we should have a few quid rolling onto Cecil Corbett in the Ryman Stationary Amateur Riders Handicap. The first thing to note is in Jamie Codd this horse has the best amateur in the race on board. He is particularly good on hold-up horses, too, and as this nine-year-old is usually ridden patiently his presence on board is a big plus.

Davy Russell rode Cecil Corbett when he won at Punchestown last time. For that win just nine days ago he carries a 7lbs penalty, which means that his mark on Friday is 123 indicating he needs to find some improvement. That progression can come courtesy of what will be a strongly-run race and a patient ride from a jockey who is more than familiar with winning races like this at Cheltenham.

Angus McNae's Showcase day one tips:  

3.55 Cheltenham: Tiger Roll at 11-8 with bet365

5.05 Cheltenham: Cecil Corbett at 4-1 generally available