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Former Jump jockey Joe Tizzard enjoyed a stellar career in the saddle, with his record 91 wins to claim the 1998-99 champion conditional title gaining him prominence. Tizzard’s first Cheltenham Festival successes came during that period, including an Arkle win onboard the Paul Nicholls trained Flagship Uberalles. However, it was his Grade 1 victories in partnership with Cue Card, trained by dad Colin, which really catapulted Joe into the big time. Now assistant trainer to his father the Tizzards’ Dorset yard is home to some of the most exciting horses in training, including Cue Card, Thistlecrack and Native River. You can read Joe’s thoughts and get exclusive insight at news.coral.co.uk throughout the 2018-19 season

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Joe Tizzard: Vision Des Flos is a leading contender

The latest insight from the Tizzard stables

Battle of Ideas

Battle of Ideas was supposed to run at Taunton on Thursday, but we just weren’t quite happy with him and he had a bit of a dirty nose. I’m glad we didn’t run him as he would probably have disappointed and we’d have wasted a few weeks. When they have a dirty nose it’s normally coming out of them, so we’ll be looking for a race early in the New Year for him. It was a very hot little race in the end. There will be plenty of options for him

SATURDAY RUNNERS

12.45 Cheltenham – The Russian Doyen

He was impressive at Exeter last time out. Robbie got off him and was really excited about him. He has certainly progressed over fences. This is another step up but he will gain a load of experience running at Cheltenham and he is a very good jumper. He needs to improve again but I think he has. He won’t mind the good ground. He won around Taunton last year and is a light-framed horse so will probably prefer it.

2.30 Cheltenham – Rockpoint  and Lough Derg Diamond

Rockpoint ran a lovely race in a handicap at Newbury last time. He will probably need to find a bit again but this trip will bring out the best in him. It was an improved run at Newbury last time and I think the trip is the making of the horse.

Lough Derg Diamond ran a lot better last time. We are throwing him in the deep end here. His owner lives locally and can enjoy a lovely day out at Cheltenham, and his horse will then get a handicap mark off the back of this run as well.

3.05 Cheltenham – Vision Des Flos

We were going to switch him back to fences but we then saw that the International Hurdle was cutting up, as it has, so we decided that he could take his chance. We can still go back chasing in the New Year. It’s a very valuable race and a very open race and we couldn’t resist the temptation. The New One is a good solid older horse, and always runs well in this race, but his connections are saying it’s very much “last chance saloon”.  It’s an open race but Vision Des Flos is a leading contender. It’s certainly no Fighting Fifth hurdle so we’ll take our chance and see where we are.

Thistlecrack, Native River and Elegant Escape

Both horses are fine. We are moving the schooling fences today, so that we can school them next week on some fresh ground, ahead of the King George.

Elegant Escape is on target for the Coral Welsh Grand National and will be our only runner in the race. He’s been raised 4lbs.

Joe