Tizzard takes Grand National Trial with Robinsfirth
Robinsfirth stepped up on his comeback run to resume winning ways, his largely progressive record over fences now standing at three wins and three seconds from his seven completed starts. He found plenty to lead close home under a good ride, and it's not out of the question he'll do even better still in long-distance races.
What a finish!— Haydock Park Races (@haydockraces) February 16, 2019
Robinsfirth pushes ahead of Ramses De Teillee to take the William Hill Grand National Trial Handicap Chase for @colintizzard and @Sean_Bowen_ at an impressive 8-1
Robinsfirth isn't entered in the Grand National, but could head to the Cheltenham Festival next month.
Assistant trainer Joe Tizzard said: “He’s always had bags of ability, but he’s very fragile. That’s like his Gold Cup.
“Sean gave him a super ride. He got mugged here last time, but he timed it right today.
“His owners have had to be patient, but they’ve been rewarded today. They weren’t interested in Aintree, though.
“Were he to run in the Scottish National he’d need it to rain, but it’s almost four weeks to Cheltenham, he could run in the Ultima.
“Today has been his aim all season, though, so it’s brilliant.
“(Stablemate) Royal Vacation probably travelled better than anything but just flattened out (in fourth), I’d imagine it will be Aintree for him.”
David Pipe, trainer of the runner-up Ramses de Teillee, is unsure if the Grand National will be on the agenda for his improving seven-year-old this term.
He added: “He’s run another career best, handled the better ground but just got beat.
“Whether he goes to Aintree this year or next year, we’ll just have to see.”
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