Newbury: celebrity novice Thistlecrack flawless in third chase success


Thistlecrack: jumping was alot more professional at Newbury

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 By Graham Dench 1:05PM 26 NOV 2016 

Report: Newbury, Saturday

bet365 Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) 2m7f86y, 4yo+

GOLD CUP favourite Thistlecrack place to bed the doubts numerous harboured about their jumping with a foot-perfect round inside level 2 competition, although Colin Tizzard continues to be a considerable ways from committing him on 32Red King George VI Chase, he’s maybe not governing it out.

The form book will record that the World Hurdle winner made all and scored by eight lengths over Bigbadjohn, with fellow event champion Ibis Du Rheu six lengths further right back. However, that tells only half the tale, for he was value for much more and his bouncing was far more professional.

Jockey Tom Scudamore could not include his enthusiasm and stated: “It in fact was a great thrill. Joe [Tizzard] informs me we were just three seconds away from history, yet he wasn’t away from second gear.

“he is jumped brilliantly today. There are many tests ahead demonstrably and hehas to battle better horses, but i do believe the criticism at Cheltenham had been a bit harsh. In the event that you watch him during the next ditch he got some height about it and has gone away because far the other part.

“He was superb today, he’s actually discovered from last time and he keeps on learning.”

Scudamore pointed to Thistlecrack’s expertise in competitive hurdle events such as the Imperial Cup with regards to ended up being suggested to him that small-field novices are not a great preparation the Timico Gold Cup, but however not be drawn on whether Thistlecrack should join stable companion Cue Card in King George.

He stated: “I’ll leave all that to Colin and Heather [Snook], however the Feltham is a very good battle too plus it did not do Coneygree any damage operating because.”

Scudamore hinted that there remained ways Thistlecrack could enhance, but added that there had been you don’t need to be going for away. The trainer but discovers it difficult to imagine it getting better.

Tizzard stated: “he had been immaculate. He had been brilliant today and any worries we had from Cheltenham happen put to bed. He was just a little sketchy here, but we needed seriously to get some good incurs him for whatever we do after Christmas time.”

Expected in regards to the King George, for which Thistlecrack remains unchanged at 6-1 with former sponsor William Hill, Tizzard left some hope.

He stated: “The King George is a real test for almost any horse and I’m not sure whether he is prepared for that, but we are going to undoubtedly leave him in for now in the event. All choices must be considered.

“I don’t desire to lead anybody awry, but we’ve got in your thoughts this horse. We don’t wish to go up the ladder six actions at the same time and then slip back down, do we, what exactly we are doing is going gently right now.”

He included: “That’s as good as it gets for the novice. The education yesterday did not do any harm, but he’d discovered from Cheltenham. He had been more expert today. He simply guessed a little at Cheltenham. I really couldnot have wanted it being any better. At 1-8 you half anticipate it, but there is nothing specific.

“i can not believe i am dealing with having two such good horses, but it is lovely for people, beautiful the garden and everybody whom works inside, and lovely the owners. It shows what you can do without the biggest cheque books, as they weren’t that dear.”

Curtis thrilled with John

Rebecca Curtis ended up being very happy Bigbadjohn, and stated: “Second ended up being top we’re able to have wished for. He really loves these big flat galloping tracks and might be considered a Hennessy kind the following year. Whether Cheltenham, a totally various track, will fit him i’m uncertain.”

Owner John Hales ended up being equally pleased after Ibis Du Rheu attempted to produce a competition of it and went up the champion’s inside shortly having circuit to get. He stated: “That’s his first time over fences and very first run associated with the period and you’ve reached be pleased. He’ll come on a mile for that and I also’m happy. He jumped well.”

This was truly Thistlecrack’s show, but and he had been superb.