Tiger roars to Triumph victory

Abbyssial and jockey Ruby Walsh  take a tumble at the second flight in the Triumph Hurdle
Abbyssial and jockey Ruby Walsh take a tumble at the second flight in the Triumph Hurdle

Tiger Roll scored for Ireland in the first race of the afternon on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival.

The four-year-old, trained by Grand National winner handler Gordon Elliott, scored in the hands of jockey Davy Russell, getting the better of Kentucky Hyden and Guitar Pete in the JCB Triumph Hurdle.

It was yet another tight finish in a week that has been full of them.

Tiger Roll oozed class as he scooted up the hill

Russell was back in the Gigginstown House Stud colours replacing the injured Bryan Cooper and the youngster never looked in any danger.

He had the eventual second and third for company over the last, but Russell kicked him clear for a three-and-a-quarter-length win.

The unlucky horse was Calipto back in fourth as Daryl Jacob had major tack issues approaching the second-last, doing very well to keep the partnership intact.

Ruby Walsh took a crushing fall on Abbyssial at the second flight - Walsh injured his arm and wrist in the process.

He missed the rest of his rides, including aboard On His Own in the Gold Cup, and was taken to hospital.