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Cheltenham Festival News: McManus Mystery Over Cross Country Fancy

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The famous green and gold colours of legendary Irish horse racing owner – JP McManus – have entered the winners’ enclosure at the Cheltenham Festival many times.

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However, one of his main 2022 Cheltenham Festival horses might not race at the meeting.

Recent French recruit – Prengarde, who has won his last three races in France, has recently been purchased by McManus and has the Cross Country race at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival as a target.

The 6 year-old is currently @7/2 with bet365 in the ante post betting market for the Cross Country race (Wednesday 16th March 22), second favourite behind the Cheltenham Festival legend – Tiger Roll @5/2 with bet365 – and just shorter than the 2020 Cross Country Chase winner – Easysland @5/1 with bet365.

The horse had been sent to Enda Bolger, who has won the Cross Country race a staggering five times, but word coming out of Bolger camp is that the horse is expected to need a run before the Cheltenham Festival – but time is running out to find a suitable race!

With that in mind, connections have now entered the horse to run at Naas on Sunday (27th Feb 22) over hurdles as connections rush to get a blowout into the horse before taking on two of the biggest names in the Cross Country sphere.

Is Now The Time To Back Tiger Roll?

Therefore, with a lot of doubt surrounding this new McManus purchase – Prengarde – there is every chance that the 2021 Cross Country winner – Tiger Roll, who is a three-time winner of the race and a five-time Cheltenham Festival winner, will get backed in from his current price of @5/2 with bet365

Plus, Tiger Roll’s controversial owner – Michael O’Leary – has already stated that his former double Grand National winner is unlikely to head back to Aintree next month to try and win back his Merseyside Marathon crown. Saying, instead, that the Cross Country race at Cheltenham – win, lose or draw – is expected to be this 12 year-olds last.

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