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Friday 24 November 2017

Lostintranslation to find his way to victory

Bryan Cooper, on board Exxaro, in action at Ludlow last month. Pic: Edward Whitaker
Bryan Cooper, on board Exxaro, in action at Ludlow last month. Pic: Edward Whitaker

Thurles is back tomorrow but I'm off to Newbury to link up with Colin Tizzard again and I'm really looking forward to it.

In the first race I ride a horse called Lostintranslation and he is a horse I couldn't wait to ride again after finishing second on him at Chepstow last month.

He was a former Irish point-to-pointer who made a real promising start on the track over two miles and he was beaten by a horse that Paul Nicholls-trained called Dynamite Dollars.

Encouragingly Dynamite Dollars ran on Tuesday and absolutely bolted up at Exeter so the form got a nice boost from Chepstow and hopefully we can make it stronger again today.

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It's great to be coming over for Colin Tizzard again as he really does have some nice horses and you know getting on the plane that you are going over for a few horses with chances.

In the mares novice hurdle I ride Drinks Interval for Colin. She faces a tough assignment because she has all the penalties after winning her last two races but I'm hoping she can defy the weight and complete the hat-trick.

I won on her over two-miles at Newton Abbot and Harry Cobden won a novice race at Ludlow on her over 2m5f so she is very versatile as both those victories came on contrasting ground too.

Newton Abbot was heavy and Ludlow was good. With all that in her favour, I'm hoping that she'll be hard to beat back over two miles.

In the beginners chase Morello Royale is my ride and although she has failed to show much over fences so far this season, I wouldn't rule her out out of a big run.

It doesn't look like the strongest of races and she ran in the Coral Cup last year off a rating of 140 and if she can find that sort of level of form, you'd have to think that she can run well. Beat That is likely to be favourite but he has fallen on his last two starts so a good round of jumping could be key.

Exxaro is a horse owned by Alan Potts that promised a lot as a youngster but may not have fulfilled his potential yet on the track. He lines up in the handicap chase today and certainly has the ability to win a race of this calibre at his best.

It was nice to get back with a couple of winners at Fairyhouse on Tuesday. After all the hype going into last weekend it was obviously very disappointing for everyone that Our Duke didn't run his race.

Everybody knows that he is a better horse than that and a few things have come to light so we'll ease him back and go to war again another day.

The run was too bad to be true so I had a fair idea when the race finished that something would come to light and it has.

Jetz was very good in the maiden hurdle and he could be an exciting horse for the season.

He's from the same family as Jezki and what a family that is.

Magic Of Light couldn't have won the beginners chase any better so it was a good day all around and a timely boost.

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