A heavy track made for testing conditions in the marathon 3m5f Sussex National at Plumpton on January 2 with the Bob Buckler-trained veteran Double Dizzy landing the spoils when running home 15 lengths clear of Justabout.
The winner had been travelling ominously easily in Cheltenham’s Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase on December 9 when he was caught up in the melée which saw several of the front-runners take the wrong course. Having rejoined the correct course, he finished a distant sixth and was subsequently fifth in the Silver Fox Handicap Chase at Leicester on December 28.
Double Dizzy hails from a family that his trainer knows well. Buckler trained his dam, the talented staying chaser Miss Diskin, by Sexton Blake, and also has in his stable Double Dizzy’s Alflora half-sister, Mizzurka, whose four wins include a Listed bumper at Sandown.
British-bred and owned by Martyn Forrester, Double Dizzy, a son of Clarendon Farm’s Double Trigger, has now extended his tally of victories to five, and he has also been placed 17 times from his 62 starts. Somerset-based Buckler, who keeps his charge fresh for his races by taking him hunting regularly, is considering a return to Cheltenham’s cross-country fences for the Festival in March.