With Henderson looking for a decisive answer for Captain Conan's Cheltenham target, his charge looked in trouble some way out as Third Intention
Joe Tizzard, assistant to Colin Tizzard, trainer of Third Intention
He won it last year and he comes in off the same preparation - he'd had his wind done last year and we've given him a soft palate operation again this time.
Last year's winner Third Intention
, who fell in the Topham Chase over the Grand National fences in April, is entered by his trainer Colin Tizzard in the Old Roan again.
The six-year-old is one of 58 entries unveiled yesterday for next month's Newbury spectacular which include 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Coneygree , who could be joined in the valuable chase by Theatre Guide, runner-up to Smad Place last year, and Sunday's Old Roan Chase hero Third Intention
didn't let the form down subsequently when showing up well in some quality races through the winter.
Colin Tizzard's Third Intention
, who made all the running and jumped flawlessly, had a contrasting style with the Mick Winters-trained Rebel Fitz, who was a winner of his previous five chasing starts but was inconsistent, and often over-exuberant, at the fences.
Tom George's three-time Grade One winner made a decent reappearance in the Old Roan at Merseyside's other racecourse, Aintree, when a fast-finishing second to Third Intention
The team made it an acrossthe-card treble when Third Intention
took the Old Roan Chase at Aintree to add to the gains closer to home in Somerset, where Tizzard's son and assistant Joe was on duty.
10 GLENFARCLAS CROSS COUNTRY CHASE 3m7f CH4 5-2 Josies Orders, 6 Balthazar King, Quantitativeeasing, 7 Foxrock, 10 Any Currency, Sire Collonges, 14 Ballybroker Bridge, 16 Third Intention
, 20 bar.
Jacob then teamed up with Tizzard to win the Oak Loans And Mortgage Graduation Chase on Third Intention
, who was winning over fences for just the second time having been placed in some big races last season.
has plenty of top-level experience but can be somewhat inconsistent.
But it turned into nail-biting stuff as the 1-2 shot scrambled home from Third Intention