WEEKEND REVIEW: Fiddlerontheroof powers his way to Cheltenham Festival contention
Fiddlerontheroof showed his Cheltenham credentials with an impressive performance at Sandown.
The Tizzard star won the first Grade 1 race of 2020 in some style as he dismissed the challenge of his rivals in heavy ground and claimed the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle by six lengths.
Fiddlerontheroof provided Colin Tizzard with his third Tolworth Hurdle in four years (Finian’s Oscar & Elixir Du Nutz).
— ITV Racing (@itvracing) January 4, 2020
He will be a strong contender for either the Supreme Nove’s Hurdle (two miles) or the Ballymore Hurdle (two and a half miles) come March.
Jockey Robbie Power told the BBC, “We won’t decide on 4 January but if it was a very soft Cheltenham he’d probably be better off in the Supreme – and if it was a normal good ground Cheltenham, the two and a half would be ideal,” Power explained. “He’ll have entries in both.
“That was ideal. He had a good gallop on very testing ground which brings his stamina into play. The further the race went the happier I was and the better he travelled.”
Over in Ireland
Last year’s Champion Bumper hero Envoi Allen continued his unbeaten run which extended to seven on Sunday. He looked the real deal in the Grade 1 Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle.
It was a fantastic round of jumping and he pushed clear of runner up Elixir D’ainay with ease to win by three and a half lengths.
Envoi Allen is the current market leader for the Supreme Novice’s Hurdle and the Ballymore Hurdle at Cheltenham and after two Grade 1 wins in his last two races, he quite rightly sits in top spot.
A magnificent 7 for Envoi Allen ✈ as he wins the feature @NaasRacecourse
🏇 Age: 6
🏇 Trainer: Gordon Elliott
🏇 Jockey: Davy Russell
🏇 Races: 7
🥇 Wins: 7
🎇 Grade 1 victories: 3
⭐ Cheltenham Festival wins: 1
🏇 Rivals beaten: 76
🤔 Next stop? Probably Cheltenham pic.twitter.com/efTruQ5YUM
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) January 5, 2020
REACTION: Fiddlerontheroof’s dominate performance
— Michael Harris (@mjyharris) January 4, 2020
Fiddlerontheroof looked totally ill-at-ease in a two-mile hurdle race on soft ground there. And still routed them. I think he could be very special in time.
— Johnny Ward (@Ui_Maine) January 4, 2020
Fiddlerontheroof was mighty. That was a delight to watch.
— Tania Kindersley (@taniakindersley) January 4, 2020
FIDDLERONTHEROOF moments after winning the Tolworth Novices' Hurdle.
A brilliant performance from him today, stretching away and winning by 6 lengths. Very impressive! pic.twitter.com/rRS08z5SUh
— Liam O'Hara (@LiamOHaraPhoto1) January 4, 2020
Very impressed with Fiddlerontheroof there, cracking performance.
— RacingWithMike (@RacingWithMike) January 4, 2020
😍 Colin Tizzard’s string includes Native River, Thistlecrack, Lostintranslation, Fiddlerontheroof, The Big Breakaway, Slate House, West Approach, Master Debonair, Reservr Tank, Elegant Escape, Vision Des Flos & more!
⭐️ Ridiculous strength in depth
— ODDSbible Racing (@ODDSbibleRacing) January 4, 2020