Tizzard tingling over Lostintranslation with tilt at chase Triple Crown on agenda

By Andy Stephens@StevoGG
Sun 3 Nov 2019

Watch a full replay of how Lostintranslation jumped his rivals into submission under Robbie Power.

The Colin Tizzard team deliberated long and hard before deciding who would occupy the box made vacant by retired stable flagbearer Cue Card.

They eventually handed the honour to Lostintranslation and the imposing gelding did his bit to vindicate them in Cumbria on Sunday when producing a flawless display in the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase at Carlisle.

The seven-year-old made all under a mostly motionless Robbie Power and never looked like being seriously challenged by his three rivals despite being short of his peak fitness.

His jumping was a thing of a rare beauty, an awesome leap at the fifth fence being the highlight of a round of jumping that at times bordered on the spectacular.

If all horses leapt so well, then fence repairers would become redundant. He never touched a twig and as soon as he negotiated one obstacle then, ears alertly pricked, he was looking for the next.

Joe Tizzard gives his reaction to Peter Naughton

At the line he had little more than two lengths to spare over course specialist Count Meribel, but Power had long begun easing down. The 156-rated Kildisart, who was in receipt of 2lb, was beaten a total of 11 lengths into third to add some substance to the style.

Bookmakers responded by cutting Lostintranslation for the Betfair Chase, King George and Gold Cup. He will be aimed at chasing’s Triple Crown and bet365 make him 25-1, from 66-1, to achieve it.

The Tizzards seemed to have that seven-figure bonus in their clutches four years ago when Cue Card won the first two legs, only for their pride and joy to fall three out in chasing’s blue riband having just hit the front.

Comparisons between the pair are futile but Joe Tizzard, assistant to his father, believes the new kid on the block, who was among last season’s top novices, ticks all the boxes for this winter’s most significant staying races.

“It was a pleasure to watch, he was foot perfect,” he said to Racing TV. “Robbie said he had a little blow two out, which is why we are here

“He’s 17.2, a big brute of a horse. He needs a lot of work but takes it well. We could not wish for a better start. He makes me tingle.”

With regard to his athletic jumping, he added: “He can stand off outside the wings but he’s also sharp on his feet if he gets in tight.

“He doesn’t waste any energy. At this stage of his career Cue Card was doing too much, too keen. He learned to settle as he got older.”

Tizzard Sr said: "He looked it (foot perfect), didn't he? You never know first time out, but he jumped well and travelled well - and that was great. He should come on for the run - and his next race will be the Betfair Chase at Haydock, all being well."

Paddy Power cut Lostintranslation to 2-1 from 7-2 for the Betfair Chase on November 23, with the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bristol De Mai the marginal favourite at 15-8 to claim the Grade One prize for the third year in succession.

The same firm make Tizzard's charge a 5-1 shot (from 8-1) for the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, while he is a 7-1 joint second-favourite for the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup along with last season's winner Al Boum Photo.

Al Boum Photo's stablemate Kemboy is the 6-1 market leader.

The Tizzards could have other Gold Cup strings to their bow in Native River, the 2018 winner, Thistlecrack and Elegant Escape.

The last-named was sixth in last year’s renewal and shaped most encouragingly when chasing home Ballyoptic in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday.

However, his main aim this term could be the Randox Health Grand National.

Tizzard Jr said: “It was a lovely comeback run. He’s a dour stayer, as he proved in the Welsh National last season, and we are going to have to seriously think about him for the Grand National.

“You will probably see him next in the Becher Chase so he can have a practice run around there.”

Elegant Escape is a general 40-1 for the National, in a market headed by two-time winner Tiger Roll at a best price of 6-1.

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