Lostintranslation strikes in Betfair Chase
After getting the better of defending champion Bristol De Mai at a thrilling climax to the Betfair Chase at Haydock, lostintranslation moved to the Mind of ante-post lists.
A brilliant winner of the Grade One contest at each of the past two seasons, the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bristol De Mai had been intending to become the next three-times winner on Merseyside – after the amazing Kauto Star, that won four renewals, and also the popular Cue Card.
The gray faced just three rivals for his hat-trick bidding – and has been the joint-favourite that was 5-4 together with the Losintranslation, who had made a nice start to his season at Carlisle three months ago, albeit at company.
Bristol De Mai was soon bowling along at the head of events as is his wont – and also some leaps kept the pressure in supporting.
His Charlie Hall Chase-winning stablemate Ballyoptic along with the Paul Nicholls-trained Frodon were equally under stress prior to the home turn, but was ridden patiently in the rear for much of three-mile journey by Robbie Power, Colin Tizzard’s Lostintranslation moved ominously into contention early in the right.
Bristol De Mai – unbeaten in four previous visits to Haydock – did not give up his crown but Lostintranslation dug onto the run-in to emerge victorious by a length and a half beneath a jubilant Power.
Paddy Power clip the winner to 3-1 from 5-1 for the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, while he is the 5-1 favorite for the Gold Cup in Prestbury Park in March.
Tizzard explained:”I’ve never had one jump better than this fella. He’s just a wonderful horse and we ensure he is looked after by us as they don’t come together very often.
“He’s pristine at his fences – that he gets the ideal form. He was at a heap and just got into the last in tight. Bristol De Mai could have even headed him. We didn’t know what he was going to find, but he kept going into the line.
“He remains well and has the pace for 2 miles. He’s got everything ahead of him.”
Although he is the 5-1 favourite for the Gold Cup at Prestbury Park in March from 8-1, Lostintranslation to 3-1 cuts from 5-1 for your Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.
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“The plan at the onset of the season would be to have a prep racethen come for this and also to get a go at the 1million bonus, therefore he will go to the King George second,” Tizzard affirmed.
“Whether we must conduct him between the King George and Cheltenham, we do not understand yet – we want to go to the Gold Cup.
“Kempton is the strategy, definitely – it may suit him more. He’s won here today and performed it well against Bristol De Mai. It is only two years past he overcome Cue Card 57 lengths, so this is his track.
“Our horse has got the pace and he can jump and we’ve seen today he will grind it out on good to soft ground – this horse has got everything.”
Robbie Power has ridden one Cheltenham Gold Cup winner in 2017 victor Sizing John – and feels Lostintranslation has all of the attributes to make him a competitor.
He explained:”It’s no secret how much we thought of this horse. Now was D-Day – that he was stepping into the big boys’ league.
“They don’t come much larger than Bristol De Mai around Haydock, therefore we were going to find out lots about his Gold Cup qualifications. The talking has been done by the horse and has answered them all.
“I couldn’t believe how well he had been travelling. He was in his comfort zone the way. He has had a tough race, but it is six weeks to the King George which is ideal. He’ll be freshened up and he’s only seven, which roll on Kempton.
“Sizing John has been a fantastic jumper. This horse has a great deal of similarities in he jumps and contains a great speed although they don’t come much better than him.
“Those are the two chief features you require to get a Gold Cup contender.”