Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

COGRY TO HATCH A PLAN IN WALES; Twister's Game Stayer Can Deliver for Ryan Ibis Can Lead Nic's Revival

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

COGRY TO HATCH A PLAN IN WALES; Twister's Game Stayer Can Deliver for Ryan Ibis Can Lead Nic's Revival

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Byline: Garry Owen

I HOPE to be raising a glass to Cogry, Ryan Hatch and trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies today and the very apt toast will be 'here's mud in yer eye' at Chepstow.

The Monmouthshire gaff will be no place for the faint-hearted and I believe Twister's lightly-raced seven-year-old will be ploughing through the TURN TO P2 FROM PAGE ONE bottomless ground when others have cried enough.

A bumper winner and successful twice in novice hurdles, COGRY (1.45) had a promising first season over fences, opening his account here over three miles on heavy ground in gutsy fashion. He followed up gamely over 3m2f at Warwick in February then ran a blinder when sixth to Cause Of Causes in the 4m Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Sent to the Scottish National in April and racing on ground that would have been plenty quick enough for him, he was about five lengths off the pace when coming down four out.

Cogry showed no ill effects from that tumble when staying on well up the hill to finish fourth on his seasonal bow to Sausalito Sunrise in the Grade 3 Murphy Group Chase at Cheltenham in November in what I believe was a cracking prep for today.

Twister has had this race on the menu for quite a while and having sent out Grand National heroes Earth Summit and Bindaree to take this prize he knows better than most what's required at Chepstow.

Another bonus is Ryan Hatch, a talented claimer and knows the King's Theatre gelding well and a good boy to have on your side.

COO STAR SIVOLA (2.20) looked a horse to keep on side when running a massive race on his British debut for Nick Williams in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham in November. Free early on, he responded well for Richard Johnson when asked for an effort from two out and only went down by half-a-length. That was a big step up on two previous runs in France and his shrewd handler is a master at patiently improving this sort.

Irish point winner SUBTLE GREY (2.55) looks a smashing prospect for Donald McCain and the booking of Barry Geraghty today looks interesting. …

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