Team guide for the new jump season

Graham Clark visited Joe Tizzard to get his team’s inside track for the new National Hunt season.

Joe Tizzard had many big racing victories during a successful career in the saddle, but now he hopes to replicate those glory days as a trainer in his first season with a license after taking over the reins from his father. Colin Tizzard at Venn Farm Stables in late April.

From the saddle of Slate House, which was a particular favorite of his late sister Kim Gingell, to victory at Kempton Park in May, the now-retired Cheltenham Festival-winning rider continued to enjoy a successful summer which yielded a total of 19 winners.

With all the star names that figured for his father Colin during his last campaign as manager returning for more, Tizzard believes that with an exciting generation of youngsters he can continue the good grassroots work he has established. during the season.

Topping the list of horses Tizzard hopes to help achieve the big racing victories he dreams of is last season’s Haldon Gold Cup hero and Denman Chase winner El Dorado Allenwho could have an early season trip to Haydock Park for the Grade One Betfair Chase (Saturday November 19) on today’s agenda.

Tizzard said: “He is my highest rated horse at 162. We will probably start him in Charlie Hall but he will also have a Betfair Chase entry and that often only has four or five runners and he will have a king . Entrance George.

“He still needs to improve but I think he can. He improved the official rankings by a stone last season and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t do it again. I think that he wants an easy three miles.

“Last season’s premiere was the Haldon Gold Cup, and while some have questioned how strong the Denman are, I wasn’t complaining. He then went to Ryanair at Cheltenham (finishing third) but was on top by the time we went to Aintree.

“I want to choose and choose to do it right and he has to tell me he’s good enough to run in a King George for me to save him for one.”

All roads lead to Aintree for fifth place in the Randox Grand National fiddler on the roofbut a return to hurdles could be on the cards to start for the eight-year-old, who landed the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase last season at Carlisle.

Tizzard said: “He had a good season. Although he only won the Colin Parker, he was only beaten by half a length in a Ladbrokes Trophy and finished fifth in a Grand National.

“I could run it first in a Pertemps qualifier and then have another tilt at the Ladbrokes Trophy with the Grand National in mind.

“If he wasn’t competitive in the Ladbrokes Trophy he would drop a few pounds for the Grand National, but if he wins you’ve pocketed a monster along the way.

“He raced very well in a Grand National and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t do it again. The boys love the Grand National and they can’t wait to get back there.

Teammate lost translation will also be destined for races on the famous Grand National fences this season, although Tizzard is also keen to qualify the 10-year-old for the Veterans Series Final, to be held at Sandown Park in January.

He said: “The veteran chases are the most interesting thing for him now because he’s down to 150, which means he’s sneaking in there.

“We have scheduled the Veterans Pursuit qualifier for him at Chepstow in October. He loved the Aintree fences that he just hadn’t brought home to the Grand National.

“Grand Sefton and Becher Chase are different days now and the plan is to go to Chepstow then Aintree for Grand Sefton a month later back on the big fences.

“We will give ourselves the option of the Sandown veterans final and then Topham at Aintree at the end of the year would be a target.

“In the second year at Ascot last season, we had a lot of fun with it because we had a bit of a hard time with him. I think he still has another great award left.

Lord of War will look to build on a strong first season on the fences, which picked up three wins and placed freshman level twice, when it tried to emulate Eldorado Allen by taking the second year victory year of the Betway Haldon Gold Cup in Exeter (friday november 4).

Tizzard said: “He didn’t do anything wrong last season. He won three races and finished second in the Henry VIII at Sandown Park and the Manifesto at Aintree, while finishing fourth in an Arkle.

“He is 149 and we will be taking him to the Haldon Gold Cup where two and a quarter miles around Exeter will be up his street.

“He could have a similar journey to Eldorado Allen at the start of the season. If he won a Haldon Gold Cup, we might consider a Tingle Creek or a Peterborough Chase. He should be competitive in a race like the Haldon Gold Cup.

Among those who could face War Lord in Exeter is a stable mate The Widdow Maker, who signed last season finishing one place behind him at Aintree on his first year debut.

He said: “He only won on the fences once last season at Exeter, but he finished third in a first year at the end of last season. He was always a decent horse and he ran well in a few decent races over hurdles. Although he is a little erratic and runs in a hood, he is a good horse.

“Sax Purdie (owner-breeder) has never bred a horse like this. It’s in my mind that he could race in a Haldon Gold Cup as well as Sax is from there.

We expected a lot from Oscar Elite last season. However, although not much has gone to plan, Tizzard is confident the seven-year-old, who finished second in the 2021 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, will be all the better after wind surgery.

Tizzard said: “He didn’t really see his runs last season. We were thrilled with his run in the Ultima, but he still hasn’t quite seen it as it looked like he was going to do a double dip.

“We did wind surgery on him because we found he had a stuck epiglottis and maybe that’s why he wasn’t finishing his runs.

“He still has novice options which hopefully gives him an easy starting spot, but he’s also proven he can handle a competitive handicap in the Ultima. He’s off 139 and that doesn’t I wouldn’t mind exploiting that in a good run.

Another on a recovery mission after a sub-par campaign is The great escapebut Tizzard remains optimistic the seven-year-old can still fulfill the potential he showed in his first two seasons in Britain.

He said: “He struggled with his shins last season but hopefully we’ve sorted that out now. I’ll leave him for something like the Welsh Grand National as I think the pace of it would help him.

“I want to race him in a race where he has free time and where he can make his way.

“I think he’s more genuine than he looks and I haven’t given him up. I think he might just be a Grand National horse. It would scare the boys life, but it’s on my mind and I think I could convince them to make an entrance.

Owner Jon Romans has been a huge supporter of the Tizzards, and in addition to being involved with Eldorado Allen and The Big Breakaway, the two JPR One and Could talk about it are horses in their own colors Tizzard feels well set for a good season.

He said, “I’m really excited about JPR One. He looked brilliant in his first two races. I think he is better than his Betfair Hurdle race and Supreme race.

“We will now hunt novices with him. I think we’ll start it for two miles but it will be two and a half. It could have a campaign similar to what we did with War Lord last season.

“We’re just going to blast him off the fences at home and then when the ground is good pick up a nice little novice chase. I think it’s better than 130.

“Could Talkaboutit has improved with every race. He ran into his bumper and never looked like he had been at a gallop, then crossed the line.

“Every time he ran in a hurdle race he got better and better and then he won in Wincanton.

“He’s a nice horse and he keeps getting my attention. He has become a hunter and he will be competitive with 123.”

Early season targets don’t get much bigger than the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham (Saturday November 12) and Tizzard believes that Listed winner Killer Kane, which is partly owned by Romans, could be the ideal type to offer the yard a first race victory.

He said: “I have something like the Paddy Power in the back of my mind for him as he is a good two and a half mile stay.

“We’ll give him a run first and then decide if we’re going to Paddy Power or Newbury later in the month.

“A tough two-and-a-half-year race wouldn’t be a problem because he’s a good racer. He was a little slow to start last season but he’s a decent horse.

“He still needs to improve but he could be handicapped enough for a Paddy Power.”

name in lights may not have grabbed the headlines last season, but Tizzard thinks he’ll get people’s attention this season, especially when he hits the fences.

He said: “He’s a big, old-fashioned guy who’s been growing up for two years, but we’ve always held him in high regard and he proved at the end of the year that he’s got the hang of it.

“Whether we chased the novice straight or ran him into an obstacle just to help him out a bit, I’m not sure. He will gain a lot on fences over time.

With 31 unreleased horsepower and a host of bumper horses ready to take on an obstacle course campaign, Tizzard has plenty of young firepower on his scatter, of which he’s picked five names he hopes to excel over the course of his career. of the next few months.

He concluded : “On the way to a flyer disappointed with his bumper but he won his Irish point to point and a fair amount of money was paid for him.

“A horse that we did not race, because it had a slight setback, was We take care of our own, but he was showing us some serious stuff. He is a big horse that will go straight over novice hurdles.

“We picked up a beautiful horse called classic anthem at the Aintree sale which won its only point-to-point.

“There are also some beautiful fillies among them in I like nightlife and She loves the lights who both ran well in the bumpers and will run in the novice mare hedges.


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