Thomas Crapper ‘is a very well-handicapped horse’
Thomas Crapper: races off a mark of 134 for the first time since chasing home Irish Cavalier at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos) Thomas Crapper 'a very well-handicapped horse' By Stuart Riley 3:21PM 10 NOV 2016
ROBIN DICKIN believes his BetVictor Gold Cup hope Thomas Crapper is a "a very well-handicapped horse" and is hopeful the application of a tongue strap will help the nine-year-old with his breathing.
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The two-time course winner, who has finished second twice at the Cheltenham Festival – behind Don Poli in the 2014 Martin Pipe and then when beaten by Irish Cavalier in the 2015 edition of the novices' handicap chase – is a best-priced 33-1 for the Open meeting highlight having snuck in at the bottom of the weights.
Thomas Crapper races off a mark of 134 for the first time since chasing home the recent Grade 2 Charlie Hall winner Irish Cavalier, having been beaten an accumulative 108 lengths on his latest three starts, and his trainer attributes his recent drop in form to a breathing issue that he hopes can be rectified by the application of a tongue tie.
Dickin said: "Thomas Crapper's preparation has gone fine. In his last run at Ascot he made noise, which he has never done before, and I think that's what stopped him, so I have decided to try him in a tongue strap on Saturday.
"He loves Cheltenham and, if he can get back to his best, he is a very well-handicapped horse. Off a light weight I would be hoping for a big run, but I just hope the tongue strap works because that is the question mark, not his health."
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