Thistlecrack team going to Chepstow ‘expecting to run’


Thistlecrack: World Hurdle winner is ante-post favourite for the Gold Cup

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THISTLECRACK is set to make his much-awaited chase debut at Chepstow on Tuesday with trainer Colin Tizzard satisfied the ground will be soft enough.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite and last season’s World Hurdle winner will face four rivals and 18 fences in the 2m7f131y novice chase at 3.35.

The ground at Chepstow on Monday has been described as good but Tizzard said: “It’s raining and it’s going to be absolutely fine. I’m not 20 miles from Chepstow at the moment and it’s pouring down, so I’m sure it will be fine there too. We’re going there expecting to run.

“He’s in lovely form and has done plenty of work with him in the last fortnight. He’s fit enough and he’s schooled well so let’s get on with it.”

The first drops of rain arrived at Chepstow at 5am on Monday with further outbreaks forecast through the day and another 8-10mm on Tuesday.

A winner of all five of his starts last season, including in the Liverpool Stayers’ Hurdle at Aintree, Thistlecrack is a top-priced 7-1 for the Gold Cup in March.


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