Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Jerrysback for More

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Jerrysback for More

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JERRYSBACK is all about the future but he should still be too good for his rivals in the Watch The Cheltenham Festival On Racing UK Novices' Hurdle at Wetherby.

Trained by Philip Hobbs, JP McManus bought him after winning an Irish point-to-point easily in October.

It looked significant that Barry Geragthy went to Plumpton on a Monday to ride him on his racecourse debut under Rules, but it was clear to see why he did afterwards.

While the form is very easy to crab, and so was the performance in some ways, he obviously has a good deal of ability as he did plenty wrong but still won on the bridle.

You would like to think he will have improved mentally more than anything for that outing and he should be good enough to win again.

Lightening Rod may be 12 and he is not the force of old but he has always gone well at Wetherby.

Once rated as high as 140 after winning twice at the track at the end of 2014, he gets to run in the Racing UK In Glorious HD Handicap Chase off just 112.

Second to Dan Skelton's Herons Heir last time out, he is not far off winning again.

Another veteran who goes well at Wetherby is Sharney Sike and the 11-year-old bumped into a very well treated rival in Fingerontheswitch last time out.

The handicapper has left him alone so Stuart Coltherd's charge might still be well enough treated to win the Racing UK Profits Returned To Racing Handicap Chase.

Sizing Granite has only had one run for Colin Tizzard since switching as part of the Alan and Ann Potts team from Ireland and his sights have been considerably lowered.

A Grade One winner as a novice chaser for Henry de Bromhead, he struggled in top company last season before a fair second to Top Gamble at Fairyhouse.

Tizzard started him off in the Bet-Victor Gold Cup but he lost a shoe that day and was pulled up and we have not seen him since. …

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