Gold Cup contender Lostintranslation ‘spot on’ after recent gallop

Confidence is growing the real Lostintranslation will stand up to the Gold Cup challenge after a recent gallop left him 'spot on' for The Festival feature.

The Colin Tizzard-trained chaser has been off the track since disappointing in the King George VI Chase over Christmas, but the team are hopeful he will be at his best in just over a week's time.

A wind operation followed his underwhelming Kempton display, which came little over a month after he dethroned Haydock king Bristol De Mai in the Betfair Chase.

Assistant trainer Joe Tizzard liked what he saw from the eight-year-old on a recent away day- and it is all systems go for the £625,000 race on March 13.

"He had his wind tweaked the following week after Kempton and hasn't missed a beat since," Tizzard said earlier.

"He has been in full training – he went away for a gallop the week before last and had a good blow, which has put him spot on.

"We are really happy with where he is."

Lostintranslation finished runner-up behind Defi Du Seuil in the JLT Novices' Chase at last year's meeting, a chaser who has dominated the two-mile division this term.

Stepped up to 3m 1f at Aintree, the Dorset raider won easily in Grade One company and he has a furlong and a half further to travel at Cheltenham next week.

Tizzard hopes the 13/2 shot can deliver the goods for a team that struck gold in 2018 with the now sidelined Native River.

"His novice form with Defi du Seuil is as strong as anything and he proved that he stayed at Haydock," Tizzard added.

"I quite like the fact that he has gone a bit quiet now because he can come into the race without too much pressure.

"We feel that we have got him right back to where we want him – not right back, because we thought that we had him right where we wanted going into the King George.

"He has been freshened right up, is doing all his work and goes to Cheltenham really well.

"We haven't lost any faith in the horse.

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