Reserve Tank looks a rising star after Wincanton victory

Reserve Tank winning at Wincanton
Reserve Tank winning at Wincanton

Reserve Tank ran out an impressive winner of the Grade 2 John Romans Park Homes "Rising Stars" Novices' Chase at Wincanton on Saturday.

A Grade One winner over hurdles at both Aintree and Punchestown in the spring, the five-year-old suffered a surprise defeat on his fencing bow at Chepstow last month.

However, he made use of that experience and paid a compliment to his Chepstow conqueror Jarveys Plate by winning nicely at Wincanton, justifying 4/5 favouritism.

Solomon Grey cut out the running, but Reserve Tank was always travelling well just off the leaders in third and as Dan Skelton's horse faded on the run for home the winner took up the initiative.

A nice couple of jumps at the last two obstacles sealed matters and he wasn't extended for a three-and-three-quarter length victory at the line from If You Say Run.

"I'll give him an eight (out of 10)," said winning jockey Robbie Power.

"He hated the ground and he's a horse we might not see a lot of through the winter when the ground is very heavy - all his best form was in the spring last year on good ground.

"He jumped adequately, he'd improved from Chepstow, he was much more relaxed today which was great and he didn't do a stroke when he got to the front, he was very idle.

"He's a very good horse. I just think he's ground dependent at the moment. Maybe as he gets older he'll handle it, but all his best form is on good ground."

Winning trainer Colin Tizzard told ITV Racing: "During the race I was wondering how well he was travelling as he's always been a bit keen, but that's better to see him like that and he's won really well in the end.

"Robbie makes it look easy. We're glad to have him any time he wants to get on the plane, he's really good for us.

"He's been talked up all summer having won two Grade Ones, but sometimes you don't know if those that won early in the year are over the top. This year he was beaten by a better horse at Chepstow, but today was a lovely performance."


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