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Connections mulling over Thistlecrack optionsPosted on Monday 9th December 2019 @ 15.30

Connections of Thistlecrack are considering running him at Ascot on Saturday instead of the King George VI Chase.

The 11-year-old ran for the first time in 259 days last month when taking part in the Grade Two Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury.

He finished second in the race, one length behind winner Paisley Park, though his performance was praised.

That came after pulling up in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March but now plans are afoot for future rides.

The Marsh Hurdle - better known as the Long Walk Hurdle – holds happy memories for the Colin Tizzard trained horse having won there in 2015.

Now, a renewal of rivalries with Paisley Park could be on the agenda according to son and assistant trainer, Joe Tizzard.

"We've stuck him in the Long Walk and that is a possibility. He has come out of the Newbury race fine," he said.

"I think Paisley Park will take an awful lot of beating but the Long Walk could be an easier option.

"Paisley Park is sure to improve for the run but we will improve for it as well.

"The King George is looking red-hot and we want to cover all basis. It will be one or the other and we'll leave the decision until the last minute."

Article Posted on Monday 9th December 2019 @ 15.30

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