Tiger Roll gets claws into bookies

Tiger Roll narrowly missed a record-equalling sixth Cheltenham victory but still got his claws into the bookies.

The legend bowed out with second place to favourite Delta Work in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase.

Paddy Power revealed bookmakers faced a £35million hit had Tiger Roll triumphed – adding to the £500m he’s already cost them over his career.

But as runner-up he actually cost bookies even more.

Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield said: “The irony of Tiger’s defeat is that the horse who earned punters in the region of half a billion pounds over the course of his career has just rubbed additional salt into the wounds of the bookies on his swansong.

“He was short odds to go out on a winning note, and just when we manage to get this brave warrior beaten, it’s the favourite who wins the darned race and costs us even more dough! Happy retirement, big fella.”

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