A horse to watch

Ex­cit­ing chaser Poli­to­logue

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POLI­TO­LOGUE has good pedi­gree, be­ing by Poliglote (by Sadler’s Wells), who also sired Arc win­ner Solemia and RSA Chase win­ner Don Poli. Poli­to­logue cer­tainly has genes for speed and stamina.

He is an in­ter­est­ing prospect, hav­ing won over a va­ri­ety of dis­tances. Two sea­sons ago he won three from six starts, but fin­ished that sea­son fall­ing at the last at Ain­tree in the two-mile Grade One Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase when lead­ing the field. How­ever, he had a crack­ing sea­son last year, win­ning four from six starts, in­clud­ing on his first three runs of the year.

He also took the Tin­gle Creek at Sandown, giv­ing trainer Paul Ni­cholls his tenth win in the race, and Paul’s first win in an open Grade One Chase since Fe­bru­ary 2016. It was an im­pres­sive race, de­feat­ing 8/13 favourite Fox Nor­ton. De­spite be­ing beaten in the Game Spirit at New­bury next time out and fin­ish­ing fourth in the Queen Mother Cham­pion Chase at the 2018 Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val, he has shown his met­tle since.

He was stepped up in trip for the 2m4f Melling Chase at Ain­tree, where he ran in a tongue tie for the first time. He beat the 11/10 favourite Min by a neck that day and looks an in­ter­est­ing seven-year-old to fol­low this sea­son.

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