Carlisle hosts today’s feature event, the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase, where Grade 1 winning novice chaser and Gold Cup hope Lostintranslation bids to make a winning return to action.
Those who listen to the Turf Talk Podcast will know how keen I am on Colin Tizzard’s chaser- as a novice he looked to have a deadly blend of both speed and stamina.
He was quick enough to mix it with Defi Du Seuil on multiple occasions last season before looking most comfortable with the step up to three miles when accounting for RSA winner Topofthegame in the Mildmay at Aintree.
He’s currently a best price 12/1 to win the Gold Cup- that might be worth taking now given an impressive win tomorrow will see that shorten.
His main opposition appears to come in the shape of Ben Pauling’s likeable Kildisart.
He finished 4th in JLT at the Festival before appreciating being stepped up to three miles when winning the listed handicap on Grand National day.
He’d certainly merit at crack at Graded company based on his final two runs last season, and appears to be a solid, straightforward and professional type, though whilst he’s a horse I’ve got all the time in the world for, he’d have to take another huge step forward to best Lostintranslation.
Count Meribel is another Grade 1 novice also-ran who returns to the track in this race.
There’s also the former Festival winner Blow By Blow running in the 3:05 handicap hurdle.
He looked a shadow of his old self last season and was eventually deemed surplus to requirements by Gigginstown so new connections will be hoping for a rejuvenation on his debut for the Stef Keniry yard.