Friday, 27 October 2017

Showcase Day One: Slate House a 'very good prospect' ahead of British debut

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Connections are expecting expensive purchase Slate House to live up to his price tag, as the former point-to-pointer takes on seven rivals at Cheltenham.

On his second start he looked like a superstar when cruising, and effortlessly, powering home at Tatterstalls Farm to a ten length success.

He sold for £260,000 in the Cheltenham sales in March, and looks another exciting addition to the Tizzard's exceptional yard.

"He's a very nice horse who certainly cost a lot of money," said Joe Tizzard, assistant to Colin.

"His Irish point-to-point form is pretty decent and the form has worked out quite well.

"He's impressed us at home in his work, and he has done everything right and now he has to produce it on the track.

"It loves a lovely starting place for him, and he looks a very good horse for the season."

He is an even money favourite to strike in his first start in the UK.

Dans Le Vent is his closest rival in the betting. Jamie Snowden's four-year-old finished sixth in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival before capping off the year with a bumper win at Ludlow.

He finished third on his hurdling debut at Huntingdon earlier this month.

Point Of Principle, who finished seventh in a Grade Two contest at Aintree in April, runs for Tim Vaughan. He was second on his first start over hurdles.

Dan Skelton's Gortroe Joe, Des Donovan's Cash In Mind are joined by Windshear, Cheer's Delboy and Fact Flow in the Cotswold.

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