Teaming up with Tizzards can bring reward in Newbury
I make a flying visit to Newbury today but now that the weather seems to have broken hopefully I'll be a more frequent flyer across the Irish Sea.
I've made no secret of how much I'm looking forward to teaming up with the Tizzards when the opportunities allow and although I won't get over on many Thursdays because of Thurles, Jessica Harrington doesn't have any runners there today so it has worked out perfect.
In this space last week I earmarked LOSTINTRANSLATION (1.50, Newbury) as one of the horses I was most excited by for the season ahead and he makes his chasing debut this afternoon.
I've been looking forward to this day for a while but Lostintranslation was delayed because of the ground. Everything has gone right for him at home so it is all systems go for chasing now.
He was a very exciting novice hurdler last season which ended with him finishing second in a Grade One at Aintree but taking on La Bague Au Roi will be no walk in the park for his first run over fences.
Lostintranslation's schooling has gone well, which is no surprise as he ran in a point-to-point for the late William Codd, so he'll know his job going out there today and I think he is a novice to look out for this season.
La Bague Au Roi is a good mare, she has won a number of listed races over hurdles and a Grade Two as well but I'm hopeful of a winning start over fences for Lostintranslation.
My first ride of the day is a horse called Reserve Tank (1.15, Newbury) and he'll have a good chance too.
I went over and rode him at Chepstow last month for his racecourse debut and he ran very green that day.
He's by Jeremy so he'll handle any ease in the ground and I'd expect him to improve an awful lot for his first run so he could play a big hand today.
Of the novice hurdlers I have sat on so far this season I'd say Reserve Tank is one of the nicest.
Barry Geraghty is making the trip across as well and he might have a better chance than me in the penultimate race on the card, but my horse, SILVERHOW (3.30, Newbury) isn't without a chance.
Barry rides Kapcorse for Paul Nicholls but Silverhow has the benefit of a run that Kapcorse doesn't have and that can certainly be vital at this time of year.
Harry Cobden won a nice race on Silverhow on the last day of the season at Sandown and he was a little disappointing when he returned at Chepstow last month but the Tizzards think he can still be competitive off his handicap mark of 132 and they're not usually too far wrong.
If he improves for his run, he'll be there or thereabouts.
There was a bit of an update on Sizing John this week.
I rode him at the weekend and he made a small noise so Jessie Harrington got it investigated and it was determined that he would have a small wind operation which took place last Monday.
He wasn't going to be ready to run this weekend and with Sizing John the only target this season in the Gold Cup in March so it was decided to go ahead and get any issues resolved now rather than wait.
He should be back in action next month and while Christmas would look his target, Jessie hasn't ruled out the John Durkan at Punchestown yet.