Colin Tizzard says Lostintranslation is a "Gold Cup horse of the future" despite his loss to Defi Du Seuil in the JLT Novices' Chase.
The pre-race favourite got the better of his old rival to reverse the result of their course-and-distance New Year's Day clash at Prestbury Park in the Dipper Novices' Chase.
The Philip Hobbs-trained Defi Du Seuil had already turned the tables at Sandown last month and he franked the form with a superb finishing burst under Barry Geraghty to win by two-and-a-quarter lengths.
Robbie Power ensured Lostintranslation forced the pace from a long way out, but Defi Du Seuil was travelling the better at the top of the home straight and prevailed following a thrilling battle on the run-in.
Trainer Tizzard was proud of the runner-up, and said: "It was a fantastic run, he did nothing wrong, jumped well - it was just his old rival was just tanking in behind us all the time and was faster from the second-last.
"There's not that much between them, but a length or two is enough. We'll probably go up in trip next year, he's a Gold Cup horse of the future.
"He's a gorgeous young horse who has done everything this year, but I can't take anything away from the winner. He's beaten the rest out of sight, so you can't be anything but pleased."
Article Posted on Thursday 14th March 2019 @ 18.33
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