Grand National: Cobden liking Lostintranslation link-up
The 2022 Grand National is just days away and jockey Harry Cobden is feeling confident of his chances aboard Lostintranslation.
He spent time aboard the 10-year-old last week during a schooling session at David Pipe's yard and assistant trainer Joe Tizzard reported the pair were in fine fettle ahead of Saturday's Aintree marathon.
Cobden said: "I'm delighted to get the ride on him. I went over to David's last week and schooled him over the National fences and he jumped very well."
The Tizzards have had to fend off talk of potentially retiring Lostintranslation after diminishing returns since winning on his seasonable reappearance in November's 1965 Chase at Ascot.
A mixed outing in the King George on Boxing Day was followed by him being pulled up in the Ascot Chase in February.
Finishing eighth in the Ultima at the Cheltenham Festival did little to spark talk of a comeback for the 2020 Gold Cup third but a return to Aintree might prove precisely what is needed.
This son of Flemensfirth took out the Mildmay Novices' Chase at this meeting in 2019 and connections will be hoping for more Merseyside magic.
Cobden looks set for a busy three days, with Paul Nicholls keen to keep his retained rider busy.
Clan Des Obeaux is expected to run well in Thursday's Betway Bowl, while he is also set to be aboard Bravemansgame in the Mildmay 24 hours later.
A National victory would be something extra special, though, and the rider clearly feels confident about being paired with Lostintranslation.
The pair have only previously teamed up once, finishing sixth out of as many runners in a Novices' Hurdle at Haydock in January 2018.
Cobden has come a long way since then and feels that if he can keep the gelding upright through the first half of Saturday's race, they will have every chance of succeeding on a horse he knows will be thoroughly prepared.
He added: "I suppose the first half of the race will be getting into a rhythm and try to win it in the second half.
"He should travel and touch wood he jumps well. [Colin] Tizzard is good to ride for, he wouldn't give me too many instructions.
"I suppose it's all about staying on him and getting round for the first circuit and start thinking about the race when we're going down the back for the last time."