The Tizzard camp believe that their stable star Lostintranslation can bounce back to form in the King George VI Chase on Boxing day and put behind him his run in the Betfair Chase on his sole start this term.
The eight year old last season started his term off at Carlisle when landing the Intermediate Chase in fine style which set him up perfectly for a tilt at the Betfair Chase against two time winner Bristol De Mai.
Having the run under his belt made the difference as he went on to stay on better than the Nigel Twiston-Davies horse up the straight and it saw him land his first black type event out of novice company.
This season, without the run before the race and the heavy conditions it saw Bristol De Mai reverse the form and overall Tizzard's horse gave a very below par performance.
In 2019 Lostintranslation headed to Kempton on Boxing Day for the King George VI Chase and nothing went right for him throughout the race with his jumping ultimately letting him down and he was pulled up before the finish.
Although not having the greatest prep into the race this term he is still all systems go for the Boxing Day Grade One and assistant trainer Joe Tizzard believes he is worth sticking by having gave off the right signals at home.
(Credit ATR) “The only real worry is if the ground goes too soft, because Lostintranslation has shown he cannot handle testing conditions,” said Tizzard.
“He certainly seems a much better horse at home at the moment.
“He did a cracking piece of work on Tuesday morning, and fingers crossed the ground hasn’t been too bad at Kempton yet this season. If it can handle the bit of rain coming through the next couple of days then the forecast doesn’t look too bad leading up to next week.”
Lostintranslation will need to reverse the form with second in the Betfair Chase Clan Des Obeaux having finished almost 50 lengths behind the two leaders, and Nicholls horse his looking for his third straight win in the King George.
Tizzard said: “The only concern is we’re coming off the back of a bad run – but he had to go into the Gold Cup (in which he was a close third) on the back of a bad run last season as well.
“I think the horse has proved his ability enough now that if we can get him right and on his A game he can be very competitive in these races.
“We’re not worried about the track at Kempton, because in the past he’s shown plenty of pace.
“We’re happy with where he is, but he has to bounce back from last time. He’s done it before, and we’re happy with where he is at the moment.”