Lost can find what's needed
Ground won't be a problem for a horse I think a lot of
You could say it is D-Day for LOSTINTRANSLATION (3.00, Haydock) today but regardless of the outcome this afternoon, I won't be losing faith in him.
This will be a first step into the big league for Lostintranslation and he is taking on a course specialist in Bristol De Mai, who has excellent form around Haydock.
Bristol De Mai is seeking a third Betfair Chase in a row, but I'm hopeful of lowering his colours.
I've made no secret of how much I think of Lostintranslation. He had the perfect prep run in Carlisle last time out and he hasn't missed a beat since. The Tizzards have been very happy with him.
I don't think the ground is going to be as bad as it can be at Haydock for this meeting and that will be a help. Lostintranslation only ran once here before and he was disappointing but that was on very testing ground.
It would be something that is in the back of my mind but I'm not overly worried about one bad run nearly two years ago.
EIGHT AND BOB (2.25, Haydock) is another nice ride on the card who hopefully has an each-way chance.
I'll be chatting to Paul Townend about him this morning but he is a horse with some very good runs and some very ordinary runs. This will be his toughest test over hurdles yet but the Act D Wagg Syndicate are lucky owners and if he puts his best foot forward he'll run well. Willie (Mullins) wouldn't be sending him over for no reason.
Tom Lacey had declared GLORY AND FORTUNE (12.05, Haydock) for Ascot yesterday but didn't run because of the change in ground there and from talking to Richard Johnson at Ascot I think this horse can run well.
He is a highly strung horse by all accounts, but hopefully he'll keep learning with racing and settle down a bit more, but he must have a decent chance.
It's nice to make the most of the trips over here and I ride Bold Plan for Evan Williams who I don't know much about, but he's a trainer in form at the moment and this horse has some good runs in the book.
Tomorrow we head back to Navan and the Troytown is a big local race that I would love to win.
Magic Of Light finishing third last season was as close as I got so far but I wouldn't be swapping CHRIS'S DREAM (2.30, Navan) for anything else in the race.
He is a two time winner at Navan, the ground doesn't bother him and I think he has a right chance.
When I won on ABACADABRAS (1.00, Navan) a couple of weeks ago I thought he was a horse with a lot of gears so I was a bit surprised to see him stepping up in trip tomorrow.
I really liked him the last day and if they don't get too much rain at Navan I think he'll take beating again.
12.05 Glory And Fortune
2.25 Eight And Bob
2.30 Chris's Dream