Tizzard Power Again
The new kid on the block showed he had the right stuff and managed to hang tough as Lostintranslation showed he firmly belongs on jump racing’s top tier by giving four time course and dual Betfair Chase winner Bristol De Mai a bruising in this years renewal of what looked a top quality renewal of the Betfair Chase for Colin Tizzard and Robbie Power.
Only four may have gone to post for what was the smallest field of this Grade One contest but it was a field of top chasers who had every right to be involved, from the tapes Bristol De Mai attempted to do his usual thing at Haydock of bouncing out and making all and coming to the second last it might had been the same again but Lostintranslation travelled powerfully throughout the race with contemptuous ease to land in front when asked at the final fence from which he simply powered away to win by over a length and a half with the pair around twenty five lengths ahead of Frodon.
Lostintranslation came here off the back of a very impressive seasonal debut in the Colin Parker at Carlisle where he jumped superbly and did exactly the same here, he heads to Kempton on Boxing Day and looks every inch the finished article where he could take on Ascot winner Cyrname and even Altior in a race even Santa will be tuning in for as part of his holiday from work.
Bristol De Mai has the Grand National as his target and is reported not to be heading to Kempton, although he could be back here in February for the National Trial over 3m4f to get him ready, Frodon will be far happier back down in trip with the Ryanair his target now at his beloved Cheltenham.
Mountain Continues To Climb
Ludlow based trainer Henry Daly clearly has a good one in his hands with Stoney Mountain who powered his way through the pack to land the Grade 3 Staying Handicap Hurdle over 3m, coming here off the back of an impressive reappearance at Aintree last month he has now won the same two races that Paisley Park did last session although he took this off 147 compared to Stoney Mountain landing this off 138 but he still looks ahead of his mark.
No doubt his trainer will be thinking about going down the staying division and take on Paisley Park at Ascot next month or maybe come back here in February for the Rendlesham Hurdle, fences will be calling for him next season and he is a serious prospect indeed.
Rebel Has A Cause
Thebannerkingrebel repaid the faith to all those who were on him at Wetherby last time when he fell and despite giving his owner and many punters a real scare when he made a real horlicks of the second last flight went on to win the Listed Newton Novices’ Hurdle very nicely.
Carrying the colours of Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick who was no doubt watching from the Emirates as he tucked into his lunch before the 2-2 with Southampton, Thebannerkingrebel looks a decent sort and could be back here for the Jamie Snowden team in January for the Rossington Main over course and distance.
Its fair to say its been a good few weeks for the McNeill family and the decission to come to Haydock as opposed to go to Ascot and pick some scraps up in the Cyrname/Altior race proved to be fruitful as in a tight looking Graduation Chase over 2m5f he dug deep to overpower Midnight Shadow in a very exciting finish.
Previously a winner in Grade 2 company over fences as a novice at Doncaster he had lost his way a bit but showed signs of a revival back at Aintree over timber and under Adrian Heskin he did make a couple of errors such as making a mistake at the eight fence and hid rider brefily lost an iron a few fences later but he stuck to the task to oblige and still has a fair future in this sphere.
A very enjoyable and exciting afternoon of jump racing with more questions than answers its fair to say off the back of it.
Will Lostintranslation win the Jockey Club Tripe Crown Million Pound Bonus?
Can Stoney Mountain be a Stayers’ Hurdle horse?
Thebannerkingrebel, potential Supreme horse?
At this moment in time we dont know but as the weeks go on the answers will slowly unfold and begin to unravel.
Haydock’s next meeting here is on Wednesday 4th December and while it won’t have the quality as this afternoon it does have some nice novice events to keep an eye on for the future.
Till next time, goodbye