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Sizing Tennessee makes it a famous Ladbrokes Trophy one-two for Colin Tizzard

Sizing Tennessee and Tom Scudamore win the Ladbrokes Trophy

Sizing Tennessee led home a Colin Tizzard one-two in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury.

The 10-year-old was sent off a 12-1 shot, despite resuming with an 11-length victory at Fontwell in October, and he defied those odds to storm home by 10 lengths this time from better-fancied stablemate Elegant Escape.

Tom Scudamore had Sizing Tennessee in control by the last, having moved into a share of the lead with Dingo Dollar four out in a race run throughout at a hectic pace despite testing conditions.

Alan King’s six-year-old eventually stayed on to finish third, a further seven lengths back.

An emotional Scudamore said: “I lost my grandfather two weeks ago, it was his funeral yesterday and I wasn’t able to go – those are the sacrifices you make. I was so sorry not to be there, but he was with us today.”

He added of the winner: “I was always confident in him, his novice chase form last season was very good and his Fontwell run has turned out well.

“I thought he was under the radar – I didn’t expect to win like that, but a win is a win.

“I was always very happy and it was a great thrill.”

Tom Scudamore starred on Sizing Tennessee
Tom Scudamore starred on Sizing Tennessee (Julian Herbert/PA)

Tizzard said: “Tom encouraged me when we legged him up as he said he is one of the best handicappers in the race. Sometimes you get lucky. He bolted up first time and we left him six weeks to come to this race.

“He had leg trouble before he came to me and had low mileage. He just strolled away with it. I thought he might run a big race, but to win like that does surprise you. He was the one that unless he clobbered one was going to win.

“He is in the Welsh National and so is Elegant Escape and he has run a real solid staying race. West Approach was there for a long time as well. Three in the first five is almost unthinkable.

“I’ve always said I’m quite good at training big, slow horses. If the entries went in tomorrow we would enter him in the Gold Cup, as he hasn’t done too bad.”

He added: “I suppose this our Gold Cup today and it is fantastic for him. I’m sure we could leave him five or six weeks and have a go at something big again.”

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