Power set to link up again with some of Tizzard’s big Cheltenham Festival hopes this weekend


Jockey Robbie Power set to link up again with some of Colin Tizzard’s big Cheltenham Festival hopes at Ascot and Newbury this weekend

  • Changes to Ireland’s protocols mean he can link up with Dorset-based Tizzard
  • Tizzard’s entries at Ascot include The Big Breakaway and Lostintranslation
  • Lostintranslation also has an entry for the Denman Chase at Newbury 

Irish jockey Robbie Power plans to return to action at Ascot and Newbury over the weekend on a potentially big two days for trainer Colin Tizzard.

Power was forced to base himself in Britain before Christmas because Covid-19 protocols prevented his normal routine of shuttling between Britain and Ireland to ride for Dorset-based Tizzard.

Power decided to return home at the end of 2020.

Irish jockey Robbie Power plans to return to action at Ascot and Newbury over the weekend

Irish jockey Robbie Power plans to return to action at Ascot and Newbury over the weekend

However, changes to Ireland’s elite athlete rules, which involve testing negative for Covid-19 but avoiding quarantine, mean Power can link up again with some of Tizzard’s big Cheltenham Festival hopes.

Running plans could be affected by ground conditions but Tizzard’s entries at Ascot include Kauto Star Novices’ Chase runner-up The Big Breakaway in the Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase and Lostintranslation in the Ascot Chase.

Lostintranslation also has an entry for the rescheduled Denman Chase at Newbury on Sunday alongside stablemate Fiddlerontheroof.

Power said: ‘The plan at the moment is to ride at Ascot and Newbury. Plans for what they are going to run are fluid, with the ground as it is, but if the big guns turn up I will be over there.

‘The elite athlete rule is back in so I don’t have to quarantine any more, but I obviously have to do my Covid tests.’

Meanwhile, Nicky Henderson-trained Chantry House was cut to 12-1 for the Marsh Novices’ Chase at the Festival after a comfortable win in the novice chase at Wetherby yesterday.



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