Weekend Racing Review including Cyrname and Lostintranslation
Stars Lostintranslation and Cyrname shot to prominence as each finished opponents’ famed winning runs.
Cyrname lowered the colors of this powerful Altior, for the first time over fences to finish a series of 19 jumps victories for Nicky Henderson’s brilliant two-mile winner.
Less than an hour later on Saturday, at Haydock, it was the turn to stop Bristol De Mai’s bid of Lostintranslation.
Cyrname success over the 1-3 favourite that was somewhat lower-rated kept him on track for a crack at the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.
Paul Nicholls’ vastly-improved chaser may well find himself embroiled in a round two with Altior there – after Henderson declined to mention endurance as a problem because of his superstar’s defeat.
Both are likely to have to compete also with Lostintranslation, that confirmed himself the pick of the novices of last season by pouncing Unbelievably on Bristol De Mai – previously unbeaten in four trips to Haydock.
Reflecting at a Sky Sports Racing interview on Cyrname’s third consecutive victory, Nicholls explained:”I’m pleased with him and the entire team, who have played a huge part in getting him right and getting him mentally perfect.
“He had been very almost unmanageable in the home and on the path – then all of a sudden the penny dropped.
“He began to think in us and mature. Now we’ve got a horse who’s the article.
“When they arrived from the stands first time, I believed they were moving any gallop and he had the champion chaser on his tail.
“It was definitely going to be about endurance, and three miles will not be a problem to him.”
Henderson, meanwhile, had no regrets, including:”This is the race to run in.
“He’s got the time to reach Kempton if that is the path we choose, and I really don’t understand why we shouldn’t, personally – we will be having a good look at it.
“Different floor on another day, you could find a different result.”
Ascot also observed uncanny yet mercifully dramatic echoes of events this month since Nicholls’ Capeland secured a triumph against Diego Du Charmil at the Gerard Bertrand Hurst Park Handicap Chase.
This was only reward for Capeland, who was baulked and forced via the wing of the previous fence after his stablemate was distracted by loose horse Ballywood at a Listed handicap.
That race was kept by diego Du Charmil . But by 12 spans, the latter won in his return – and the girth extended to Ballywood, who this time ended third.
Nicholls said:”Capeland deserved that actually. Kathy (Stuart, owner) deserved that. She’s a beautiful woman and she had been upset (last time) not for anyone else but the horse.”
Lostintranslation assured smiles all around too since he achieved what no one had, by beating on Bristol De Mai at Haydock.
His coach Colin Tizzard said of the seven-year-old:”The plan at the beginning of the season would be to have a prep race, then come with this and to get a go in the 1million bonus, so he will go for the King George next.
“He’s pristine at his fenceshe stays well and has obtained the rate for two miles. He’s got everything ahead of him”
There were wins that are Graded too at Ascot and Haydock, for If Stoney Mountain and The Cap Fits respectively, in Betfair Best Odds along with the Coral Hurdle On ITV Races Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle.
Back in Ireland, Laurina success in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Gowran arrived at the expense of a Cheltenham runner-up Minella Indo and festival winner last season, also pointed into an exciting effort forward for Willie Mullins’ mare.
Navan took center stage along with the characteristic Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase shown another winning stage for jockey Robbie Power – at this outstanding form of late so powerful on Lostintranslation 24 hours before.
He was glistening to Henry de Bromhead’s Chris’s rally, that warranted market service which compelled him to 9-2 favorite by powering into a nine-and-a-half-length win from Fitzhenry.
Power told Racing TV:”It has been a great week, which just covers off it. The Troytown is really a neighborhood race – that is my community class, and I have not not had much chance before now.”
Some of those who had been on Sunday had seen a famous win in the Japan Cup aboard Suave Richard of Tokyo, for Flat jockey Oisin Murphy.
He explained:”I assume it’s a dream come true to have won this race.
“The Japan Cup is one of the most famous races around the world, and it’s very hard to win, so that I wasn’t confident but very optimistic.”