No doubt about the stamina of Thomas

The Racing Paper - - Front Page - by Mike Fran­cis

THOMAS PA­TRICK can land the Ladbrokes Tro­phy at New­bury to­day (3.30).

Richard John­son is on board this pro­gres­sive stay­ing chaser who is im­prov­ing with ev­ery visit to the race­course.

He was nar­rowly beaten by El­e­gant Es­cape on his come­back run at Sandown last time but he’s weighted to re­verse the form with Colin Tiz­zard’s pe­nalised run­ner to­day.

Thomas Pa­trick has al­ready tasted suc­cess over this course and dis­tance hav­ing won a hand­i­cap on soft ground in March.

He then went to Ain­tree and ham­mered a use­ful field when tak­ing a Grade 3 hand­i­cap where he ran away from all his chal­lengers.

It could be that Liver­pool will be his ul­ti­mate tar­get as he looks a Grand Na­tional horse in the mak­ing — and his proven stamina will be a ma­jor as­set.

Ground­wise, he is def­i­nitely suited by plenty of cut un­der­foot and there should be a lot more to come after just five chase runs.

At a big­ger price, Black Cor­ton was our se­lec­tion for the Char­lie Hall Chase at Wetherby where he ran well to fin­ish se­cond.

He proved him­self over this trip last sea­son and is set a fairer chal­lenge back in hand­i­cap com­pany here. It was a sur­prise to see dou­ble-fig­ure prices about him for this and he can re­ward each-way sup­port.

Ms Par­fois has not done a lot wrong over fences and fin­ished last sea­son with a se­cond in the Grade 1 Mil­may Novices’ Chase at Ain­tree.

That was after an ex­cel­lent se­cond in the marathon Na­tional Hunt Chase at the Fes­ti­val where her stamina came to the fore. If the rain comes down, she would be a threat.

Should the weather be brighter, The Young Mas­ter would come right into the reck­on­ing.

He was very im­pres­sive when win­ning by eight lengths at Chel­tenham last time out.

This is a tougher, but he’s got just a 4lb penalty for that suc­cess – with Sam Wa­leyCo­hen’s claim ac­count­ing for most of that.

Pro­gres­sive: Thomas Pa­trick

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