Lostintranslation set a marker down for the rest of the National Hunt season with a fine performance in his opening race of the campaign at Carlisle. The Irish thoroughbred was on form to record his first victory of the term to win the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase, enhancing the stellar reputation built earlier in the year.
— Robbie “Puppy” Power (@Robbie_Power_) November 3, 2019
Colin Tizzard’s charge will now aim to boost his reputation with upcoming races at Haydock Park and, potentially further down the line, in the King George VI Chase. His early victory has seen his price in the horse racing odds fall to 8/1 for the race on Boxing Day, although there will be elite competitors in the field, including Altior and Clan Des Obeaux. Lostintranslation still has a lot to prove before he is considered the leading contender among the top horses in the sport.
The Irish thoroughbred made his first real impact at the start of last season, finishing second behind La Bague Au Roi in the KKA-Highpoint Beginners’ Chase at Newbury – just lacking the pace down the stretch to close in on his rival. It was the same story for Tizzard’s charge in his next outing as La Bague Au Roi once again had too much speed for him to handle. He placed in third in the Berkshire Novices’ Chase, making a key mistake three fences from the line.
However, the start of 2019 brought a response from Lostintranslation. He produced an outstanding run at Cheltenham in the Dipper Novices’ Chase to beat out Defi Du Seuil by one-and-a-quarter lengths, displaying the pace that had eluded him earlier in the campaign, to clinch the victory. The two horses collided again in the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase, but on this occasion, it was the French thoroughbred that prevailed to close out the win by three-quarters of a length at Sandown Park.
Cheltenham Festival was the stage for the third battle between Lostintranslation and Defi Du Seuil. The French thoroughbred was named the favourite for the contest, although Robbie Power in the saddle of the horse guided his charge into an early lead. Tizzard’s horse could not sustain his momentum in the contest and Defi Du Seuil displayed the stamina and speed to beat out his rival for the second race on the bounce – winning the JLT Novices’ Chase.
Lostintranslation ended the last campaign on a high note with arguably the best performance of his career. He won the Mildmay Novices’ Chase with a dominant run, finishing six lengths ahead of race favourite Topofthegame, cantering down the stretch and over the line to take his place in the winners’ circle.
— Carlisle Racecourse (@CarlisleRaces) November 3, 2019
The Irish thoroughbred returned to action for the start of the new season at Carlisle in the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase. He was impressive throughout, but pulled away from the field with one excellent clearing leap down the stretch that allowed him to secure the victory by two-and-a-quarter lengths. The seven-year-old delivered on expectations with a strong outing, but he will have to raise his game against the elite horses to make a serious impact on the National Racing scene this term.