Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

George: Tartak's Going Places

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

George: Tartak's Going Places

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Byline: Simon Milham

TARTAK may have to improve to land the Ascot Chase tomorrow but trainer Tom George says the gelding is not far off from being up there with the best.

With Pride Of Dulcote and Riverside Theatre among the opposition in the Grade One 2m5f chase (3pm), George knows his eight-year-old faces a tough task in his bid to record a hat-trick.

Jockey Paddy Brennan has struck up a great partnership with the grey, who followed up his Peterborough Chase victory with another in the victorchandler.

com handicap Chase at Cheltenham on New Year's Day.

George said: "I think it is a combination of factors that are coming together for him. He showed top-class form as a novice and was very unlucky to be hampered when fifth in the Arkle Trophy two years ago.

"We had a few blips with him last season but he seems to have matured mentally. Before, he was very excitable and didn't need much work, however now he's more relaxed and needs a lot of work to get ready. …

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