There is something just that extra bit special when you have been involved with a horse from the very beginning. That is exactly where the Coral Champions Club started with Battle Of Ideas.
The beginning was the prestigious Tattersalls Derby Sale in Ireland, where an un-named, unraced gelding by the stallion Fracas impressed trainer Colin Tizzard and his son Joe with his athleticism and scope for chasing in the future.
Taken home to the Tizzard’s Dorset base, the strapping gelding was given the name Battle Of Ideas by the Coral Champions Club members. Club members have been able to watch Battle Of Ideas progress and grow on the gallops and on the racecourse. He has got better and better with every workout at home, under the watchful eye of Joe Tizzard, and on the racecourse he has made great strides as well.
Battle Of Ideas ran a promising race on debut when fourth in a bumper at Warwick, learning from the experience and getting the hang of things late on to run a great first-up race. He put that experience to good use on his next start when second in a bumper at Chepstow, where he ran into a smart winner but beat the other seven runners fair and square. It was another pleasing run on a big, galloping course which suited Battle Of Ideas.
Novice hurdling was the name of the game at the start of the 2017-18 for Battle Of Ideas which proved to be a busy and successful campaign. After gaining much needed hurdling experience at Fontwell on his seasonal debut he ran a hugely encouraging third next time out at Exeter. Battle of Ideas progressed again on his third start winning a maiden hurdle at Plumpton in great style under Harry Cobden.
We then had a crack at a decent pot in a Coral sponsored handicap hurdle on Coral Welsh Grand National day but the combination of heavy ground and the step up in trip probably came too soon for our horse. He proceeded to run creditably on his next four starts without winning.
He starts the season with a competitive mark of 116, and will be graduating to the bigger obstacles having schooled extremely well in recent weeks. We can look forward to further success with this handsome French-bred.