LiveScore Racing News: Ascot on the cards for Lostintranslation
Joe Tizzard believes Lostintranslation is showing signs of returning to his best form and he could make his seasonal reappearance in Saturday's 1965 Chase at Ascot.
Last season proved a disappointing one for Colin Tizzard's impressive nine-year-old.
He failed to finish within 25 lengths of the winner in any of his four runs and was pulled up in both the King George VI Chase at Kempton and on his most recent outing at the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.
But assistant trainer Tizzard believes Lostintranslation is close to rediscovering his best form and he could be entered in this weekend's 1965 Chase, although he also holds an option for the Many Clouds Chase at Aintree in early December.
He said: "We're really pleased with him. His jumping has been very good at home, which is always a standout thing of his.
"He's been standing off outside the wings and loving every second of it. I think he's back.
"He's entered at Ascot on Saturday but the original plan was the Many Clouds Chase, so we'll have a chat with the owners to weigh up which one is going to be the best option for him.
"Last year didn't work out for him but we think he's back to somewhere near his best now.
"He's a happy horse at the moment, so we're excited about getting him back on track and back to where he was."
If Lostintranslation does run in Saturday's 1965 Chase, one of his main rivals for victory in the Group 2 contest could be the Paul Nicholls-trained Master Tommytucker.
Master Tommytucker made his seasonal reappearance when finishing fifth in last month's Grade Two bet365 Hurdle at Wetherby.
But he will be dropping back in trip for this run, as well as returning to the larger obstacles.
Nicholls believes that will stand Master Tommytucker in good stead, while he also feels the 10-year-old tends to need a race under his belt to blow away the early-season cobwebs.
He said: "He always needs a run. He ran at Newton Abbot last year and was a bit fresh and free and it was much the same [at Wetherby].
"He was never going to finish three miles, he was too keen over the first half. That will have blown the cobwebs away and he's done loads of work since."
The 12-time British jump racing Champion Trainer also feels Saturday's race represents a great opportunity for Master Tommytucker to land a second Grade Two success, following on from his victory in last season's Silviniaco Conti Chase at Kempton.
He added: "The two-mile-and-five trip on Saturday suits him very well and I'd like to think he's got a real chance."