Tizzard’s Golden Run To Continue

The Colin Tizzard stable couldn’t be in better form and very few could have envisaged him challenging for the trainers’ title at this stage of the season. Both Thistlecrack and Native River put up remarkable performances when winning earlier this week. They have certainly made it a festive season to remember for the Venn Farm team and Elegant Escape gives them a great chance of another high-profile success in today’s feature, Betfred Challow Hurdle.

A €150,000 purchase after finishing a close second behind the now Gordon Elliott trained, Samcro, in a point-to-point last April, the Dubai Destination gelding has already justified his price tag. Since joining the Tizzard stable, he has won twice from as many starts shaping as a sort with immense promise.

He held on well to win at Chepstow in October and built on that effort to win a class two novices’ hurdle at Ascot last month. In both starts, he showed great battling qualities. At Ascot, he looked beaten between the last and second last but, he kept finding for pressure and he probably won more comfortably than the 3/4 length winning distance suggests. The ground that day was quite testing and the likely rain-softened conditions here at Newbury will be in his favour once again. Stamina appears to be his forte and I would imagine that his rider, Tom O’Brien, will make plenty of use of him and really test his rivals’ staying power.

Along with Elegant Escape, there are several exciting prospects in the line-up and this is likely to offer numerous clues heading into the Festival. Messire Des Obeaux probably boasts the best form in the race following his win over Ballyandy at Sandown a few weeks ago while Robin Roe recorded a facile success when beating the highly regarded, No Comment, at Aintree. Gordon Elliott also sends over a nice type in Baltazar D’allier. However, the four-year-old, Elegant Escape looks a high class, stamina-laden performer in the making and given the stable’s red-hot run of form, he looks a standout each-way bet at 7/1.

Newbury 1:50

Back Elegant Escape EW @ 7/1 (generally)

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