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).

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,Β “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.

REACTION: Fiddlerontheroof’s dominate performance


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