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Robbie Power admits winning the Grand National on 2007 champion Silver Birch resurrected his career in the saddle.

Press Release 13th November 2019 Haydock Park

The Irishman, who will take the ride on one of the main contenders in next Saturday’s £200,000 Betfair Chase at Haydock Park, Lostintranslation, said: “I had a terrible year.


“I was plagued by injuries and I didn’t ride many winners.

“Then Gordon Elliott (trainer of 2018, 2019, Grand National winner Tiger Roll) rang me to tell me Jason Maguire couldn’t ride Silver Birch and asked me if I could take over.

“It was a saviour because that win in the world’s greatest steeplechase on Silver Birch rescued my career.”

But while Power is keeping his ridings boots firmly on the turf, Lostintranslation has been making all the headlines such was the ease with which he won last month’s Colin Parker Memorial Chase at Carlisle.

“I’d be surprised if Lostintranslation was beaten in the Betfair Chase if everything went right next week,” said Power.

“He was the one I was most looking forward to this season.

“I’ve often been sat at home watching horses like Altior and Sprinter Sacre and thought it must be some buzz to ride horses like those.

“Racing is a great leveller, but everything just happens so easy for Lostintranslation in a race and I’ve got that buzz.”

Power added: “He hasn’t stepped into the big boys league yet – but he will be doing at Haydock.

“It is like going from the Championship to the Premier League, but he gives me the feel that he is ready for it.”

Power landed the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup on giant staying chaser Sizing John and he is not afraid to draw comparisons between the two horses.

“Sizing John and Lostintranslation are not that different,” he said.

“They’ve both got high cruising speeds, they’re both brilliant jumpers and they’re both at their best on better ground.

“Lostintranslation definitely has the potential to win a Gold Cup.”

Superstar Altior is unbeaten in his last nineteen starts over obstacles and trainer Nicky Henderson decided to step the Queen Mother Champion Chase hero up in trip this season.

Altior’s last outing was a comfortable win in the Celebration Chase at Sandown Park and the four-time Cheltenham Festival winner is one of three entries by Henderson along with Might Bite and Valtor.


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