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Talking Horses: Thistlecrack in excellent shape for Charlie Hall


The Wetherby race will be the high-class chaser’s first race since finishing fourth in last year’s King George

Thistlecrack, the brilliant winner of the King George VI Chase at Kempton in his novice season in 2016, “has not missed a beat” in his preparation for the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday week, Joe Tizzard, son and assistant to the 10-year-old’s trainer Colin, said on Tuesday.

The Charlie Hall will be Thistlecrack’s first race since finishing fourth in last year’s King George, six lengths behind the winner, Might Bite. He was ruled out of the remainder of the season shortly afterwards as the result of a stress fracture, but is now in full training ahead of a campaign that may well offer his last realistic chance to win a Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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Newmarket 1.30 Pytilia, 2.00 Tronada, 2.35 King Ademar, 3.10 Brasca, 3.45 Skymax, 4.20 Crotchet, 4.55 James Park Woods, 5.30 Al Fajir Mukbile

Yarmouth 1.30 Nostrovia 2.00 Summer Flair 2.30 Maqsad 3.00 Mashirah 3.30 Spanish History (nb) 4.00 Debatable 4.30 Tellovoi 5.00 Juan Horsepower

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