Joe Tizzard: “We’re really looking forward to Fiddlerontheroof running”
The latest insight from the Tizzard stables
Sandown – Saturday
14.25 Sandown – Fiddlerontheroof
This race has been the plan almost since the Persian War in October. We always felt this race would suit him. Even when he’s been beaten, he’s been beaten by some very good horses.
Sometimes Sandown can catch novices out on heavy ground but he showed last time that he can really handle it.
The Tolworth hasn’t fallen apart by any means. There are seven real solid horses in it which there should be for a Grade 1. We are really looking forward to him running, he’s a proper good horse, and we know he’ll handle Sandown and the ground which is always a big plus.
15.00 Sandown – Theatre Guide
He’s been an amazing servant for the yard. He just keeps performing. We’ve freshened him up and he’s in good form, and was second in this race last year.
It’s not getting any easier for him as he’s getting older all the time, but he’s been a great horse for the yard and this will probably be his last season, so he deserves to take his chance.
15.35 Sandown – Eldorado Allen and Ainchea
These are both very promising horses. Ainchea two years ago ripped all the muscles off his pelvis and we nearly lost him. He’s done plenty of work but this is very much a recovery mission. I think he’ll need the run. We just want to go and get a couple of runs into him and see how he performs.
Eldorado Allen looked seriously impressive when winning at Sandown last season and was then very unlucky at Aintree. He’s been in a fair time now and is more than ready to run, but it’s only his third run over hurdles and he’s off a mark of 145 with top weight.
He has proved that he can handle Sandown and he could just be anything. I expect him to come on for the run but he might just be good enough anyway.
Wincanton – Saturday
13.35 Wincanton – Jeremy Sunshine
He ran much better last time and was due to run a couple of weeks ago but had a little foot problem. This is his third run and there may be a couple that are too good for him, but he’s there to run his race and then we’ll go handicapping.
14.05 Wincanton – Molineaux
He’s dropping back to two miles here. We have been running him over further and trying to ride him differently, but it will be hard work on this ground tomorrow so we will probably pop him out in front and ride him aggressively. It might just suit him and he’s capable of winning off this mark.
It just hasn’t quite happened for him around Newbury a couple of times this season. It might just be that he wants better ground, so we can give it a go tomorrow and if he doesn’t handle the ground then the handicapper will give him a chance. He will be winning a couple before the end of the season.
15.15 Wincanton – Pingshou
This is a nice option for him. He won in the summer and he’s been consistent without ever showing the form that he showed as a novice hurdler.
I think the track will suit him. He’ll like it around Wincanton but he’s got a bit to prove.
15.50 Wincanton – Russian Exile
He’s a young horse who ran at Plumpton in a bumper and he got outpaced coming down the hill. He’s schooled well at home but I’d imagine he’ll be much better off once he’s handicapped.
Plumpton – Sunday
12.40 Plumpton – Katahdin
He’s run in two competitive novice hurdles around Newbury and actually looked like he had half a chance last time two out but then faded.
This is much more realistic and he’s capable of winning a novice hurdle, there’s no two ways about it, and he has Chris Gordon’s horse to beat.
13.10 Plumpton – Kings Walk
We just wanted to get a run into him. Ideally he’d be in a handicap but this is a small field and we just want to get a nice confidence boost into him and then go handicapping.
14.10 Plumpton – Kalarika
Kalarika has been off the track with a leg injury and missed pretty much all of last season. We want to get a run into her. She was due to run at Fontwell but the last race was called off on Boxing Day.
She’ll take a couple of runs to get truly fit as she’s quite stuffy at home. She has her limits but she is probably quite well handicapped but I expect her to need the run first time.
14.40 Plumpton – Christmas In April
I think he could run well. He gallops all day and handles the conditions. It’s just starting to happen for him over fences. He dug deep at Fontwell when winning last time and was a good second the time before that.
I think the penny is starting to drop for him over fences and this is a good pot for a horse off his mark. I’m looking forward to running him. I think he’ll run a strong race.
New Year Update
Lostintranslation had a small soft-palate operation on Monday. He’s fine and will have a week on the walker and will then start cantering again. His run in the King George was just too bad to be true.
He seems really well in himself, and after his little wind op, and with better ground in the spring I am sure he’ll bounce right back.
With Native River we could go for The Denman Chase at Newbury but we may take Lostintranslation there and we want to keep our big horses apart so we will see, but he’ll have the one run and then go for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Elegant Escape has bounced out of his Coral Welsh Grand National run. It’s possibly a bit deceiving though as he has come out of it so well but we want to play it carefully with him so that he can have a good spring campaign.
He’s going to have an entry in the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup, with probably the Grand National as the main aim. If it turned up soft in the Gold Cup he could go well in that. You probably won’t see him for a couple of months anyway just to freshen him up.
We went for The Cotswold Chase last year and by the time we got to Aintree we didn’t have a lot of horse left, so we are mindful to save a bit of petrol for the spring this time.
We’ll probably have a quiet couple of weeks now as we have given most of our horses their flu jabs, and will give the rest their jabs after they’ve run. Then roll on the spring.
You are never totally happy but we had a good 2019, with plenty of winners and lots of young horses putting their names up and showing us how good they are so it bodes well for the future.
We didn’t have a Cheltenham Festival winner which is something we like to have, so we will be trying our hardest again, and doing everything to have a good team going to the Festival this year. It’s only two months away and it’s amazing how quickly it comes around.