Talkischeap the perfect end to another great season at Barbury

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April 27

Well, you can’t see that we didn’t tell you! Talkischeap, subject of an ante-post gamble earlier in the week, being backed from 20-1 to 7-1, duly delivered in the £150,000 bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown today, providing the perfect end to what has been another successful season for Barbury.

Ironically, one of the most surprised people in the huge crowd at Sandown was Alan himself. He was scratching his head in disbelief at what he had just witnessed as Wayne Hutchinson returned on the 10 lengths winner.

Alan said:”I am not easily shocked, but that one certainly surprised me. When I read about the gamble on Talkischeap I thought the world had gone mad, but clearly they knew more than me!

“Obviously, I hoped he’d run well, but I have to admit that we all left Kempton a little disappointed after his last run, though to be fair my horses were not firing at the time, whereas they are in much better form now.”

Eight winners in the last 10 days supports the trainer’s claim, and Alan, who has never been more pleased to be proved wrong, said:”Stamina was never really a worry on that ground, though you never know until you try.

“However, Talkischeap never missed a beat all the way round and was very impressive. I never expected that performance, but he always looked to be in his comfort-zone.

“I’m delighted for his owner, Charles Dingwall, who is a great mate and a pleasure to train for. He always has his opinion, but he is very constructive and helpful.”

Bookmakers already have Talkischeap as short as 14-1 for the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury next season, and Alan conceded that “he would have to have an entry”.

He said:”I have always thought that he was a better horse going right-handed, but he has won around Newbury so the race has to be a possibility and, while I have never been a big fan of the Grand National, I suppose we will have to give it some thought.”

Talkischeap is not very big, but then nor is Tiger Roll, who already has two trophies commemorating the world’s greatest steeplechase on Michael O’Leary’s mantelpiece, so Aintree has to be considered.

Hutchinson, riding his 87th winner in what has been his best ever season, said:”Talkischeap is only a novice, but he is a very talented novice and he gave me a class ride around there.”

The jockey oozed confidence throughout and even allowed himself an audacious peep over the left shoulder going to the Pond fence, so well was he travelling.

He added:”Talkischeap’s novice form was very good, and we always felt that he had what it takes to win one of these big handicaps. It’s a great way to end what has been a super season, and I can’t thank Alan and the team at Barbury enough for all the hard work they put in every morning.”