Uttoxeter Briefing: Conditions expected to favour Cosmocrat.
Dual Haydock winner Very Optimistic has a hard act to follow, representing the trainer and jockey who won this with high-class stayer Iris's Gift last year. He must concede 3lb to bumper winners Tighten Your Belt and Tragic Ohio, who have both impressed in making successful hurdling debuts this month, and Control Man, who was a remote fourth behind Cornish Rebel in a Grade 1 event at Newbury last time.
Venetia Williams, trainer of Tighten Your Belt
"We hope he'll run a nice race but no conclusions can be drawn from Towcester as this represents about three steps up in grade."
Nicky Henderson, trainer of Copsale Lad
"There was a lovely race for him at Doncaster [yesterday] but it was off and this will be harder. He's a big jumping type and I was pleased with him on his first start, but this is a big step up."
Robert Stronge, trainer of Cosmocrat
"He ran quite well in a competitive handicap on the track last time, outpaced at halfway then staying on well, and this step up to two and a half miles will suit, and he will handle the ground."
Paul Nicholls, trainer of Tragic Ohio
"This is a really big step up for him but he will like the soft ground."
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Jan 31, 2004|
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