Cork: Blood Crazed Tiger grinds out fourth win
Gordon Elliott: saddled the victorious 6-4 favourite
PICTURE: Alain Barr (racingpost.com/photos) Blood Crazed Tiger grinds out fourth win By Stuart Riley 1:37PM 6 NOV 2016
Report: Cork, Sunday
Paddy Power Acca Insurance European Breeders Fund Novice Hurdle (Listed) 3m, 4yo+
THE headed long-time leader Blood Crazed Tiger proved he is all stamina and guts as he got back up to deny Screaming Rose and register his fourth consecutive success of the season from as many starts.
David Mullins sent the Gordon Elliott-trained five-year-old on and he raced alone, clear of the field, for most of the three miles. However, by the home turn the field had packed up behind and Ruby Walsh passed Mullins, throwing down the gauntlet to the 6-4 favourite on his main market rival.
Neither jumped either of the last two flights brilliantly but Blood Crazed Tiger got away from both the quicker and ground his way back to the front, eventually pulling away to win by a length and a quarter from the 7-4 second favourite. There was 22 lengths back to 16-1 shot Garri Rua in third.
"He's a lovely horse and he jumps great," said Blood Crazed Tiger's partner David Mullins. "He can be a bit keen but he really is a s tough as nails.
"When Ruby [Walsh aboard Screaming Rose] came upsides me, I felt him taking a breather and he picked up again for me going down to the second last. He is very tough and is probably going to be a better chaser.
"I went a good gallop the whole way and he was a bit hard on himself so there was no point trying to go with Ruby when he challenged me. He's very tough."
Olly Murphy, assistant to trainer Gordon Elliott, added: "He is built to jump fences and we thought whatever he did this season would be a bonus, so we are very happy with that."