The I See You Well course specialist is ready to back up his recent win at Plumpton and execute a long-term plan in the Sky Sports Racing Sussex National on Sunday.
I See You Well, trained by Seamus Mullins, has won four of his five pursuit outings on the West Sussex track, including a five-length success last time in a slightly lower grade, over a three-mile long and a furlong .
With a 5-pound hike up to a mark of 124, the just-turned nine-year-old will face 15 rivals on a long three-and-a-half-mile journey, and the Salisbury handler says distance will have no fears.
Mullins said, “He likes it down at Plumpton, doesn’t he? It was a good ride last time.
“For being a constant pursuer he is at the peak of his career at his age.
“He always looked like a horse that needed something three miles north. He’s in good shape and has come out well since his last race. He’ll go on any terrain other than fast.
“This was a race we had been planning since the beginning of the year. We tried to help him achieve this and we hope for a good race.”
David Pipe is represented by five runners – At the Roc, Painful way, Abaya Du Mathan, El Paso Wood And D’Jango – all owned by Judith Wilson and all related newcomers to the shipyard.
“They all have bits and pieces of shape on a trip. We haven’t had them in too long,” Pipe said Sky Sport Racing.
Tom Scudamore stays with D’Jango, who was fourth of five at Butterwick Brook on his stable and British debut at Wincanton.
Pipe added: “D’Jango rode well at Wincanton. He will appreciate the away pass and the softer ground.”
El Paso Wood made way for Becher Chase at Aintree on his British debut before hitting seven lengths in a novice handicap chase at Ffos Las.
“El Paso Wood ran a decent race at Ffos Las and will appreciate the step forward in the journey,” Pipe said.
“Abaya Du Mathan we are still learning and it’s the same with Al Roc. The journey could lengthen the Via Dolorosa a bit. He ran a good race in the Grand Sefton at Aintree, but didn’t get that far in the Becher Chase (which is fine. when not sitting on the twelfth enclosure).
“scu [Tom Scudamore] he went for D’Jango, so let’s hope he’s our best. “
Chris Gordon is the other coach with the most riders, riding both Blame the game – a well kept sixth at I See You Well last time – e Go whatever, third in the same race.
Gordon said: “They both wore the visors for the first time.
“Both of them lack a bit of focus at times, but they are both fit and doing well and I’d like to think they could both run very well.”
Colin Tizzard has won this race three times with Jeremy Spider (2003), Ironside (2008) and Christmas in April (2020), with this latest offer to land the race again with an 11lbs higher score than when it had previously been successful.
Other rivals include Wadham-trained Lucy Eclair Du Guye, who was third in the London national team at Sandown, and Emma Lavelle-trained Pemberley, who broke the bar on his fourth attempt at Warwick after a couple of near misses.