Colin Tizzard Stable Tour

    Colin Tizzard enjoyed the season of his life in 2016/17 with several of his stars taking top honours to see the Dorset trainer break the two million-pound barrier and here we get the inside scoop on some of Jumps racing leading lights which could fill the coffers even more in the coming campaign.
  • Friday 13 October 2017
  • Stable Tours

Colin Tizzard may have been on the block for some considerable time but the past two seasons have seen the Sherborne trainer develop into one of the big guns of the Jumps game.

Tizzard, who had his first trainer’s licence in 1998, proved more than capable of finding the right opportunities for his team in the past but the influx of horse of the calibre of Cue Card, Thistlecrack, Native River and Theatre Guide have been a real game changer which sees him challenging for bragging rights at most of the big showcase events.

Colin cracked the million-pound barrier for a first time in 2015/16 when his 15 winners notched £1,443,451 in prize money but that just the springboard to an even more emphatic rise up the charts when he ended the 2016/17 season with 57 winners and £2,041,055.

The aforementioned quartet of horses will be in action once more but their ranks are swelled with the recent recruits of Alan Potts-owned horses which include the likes of Fox Norton, Pingshou, Finian’s Oscar and Sizing Codelco and some younger talent whose potential is still untapped.

There look some exciting months ahead for Tizzard and his team and he kindly gave Tony Elves of attheraces.com an insight into his potential money-spinners.   

Older Horses

Bang On Frankie (IRE)

Form Profile:

Better effort when third to Western Ryder in a Listed bumper at Ascot in December.

Trainer Says:

He surprised me when running so well in a listed bumper at Ascot and he could run in another bumper before going hurdling. He has plenty of speed and he will be suited by two to two and a half miles over hurdles.

Video Form
22 Nov 2017:

Cue Card

Form Profile:

168 rated chaser. Won the Grade 1 Betfair Chase at Haydock (3m) for a third time last November when beating Coneygree 15 lengths and a further Grade 1 success when landing the Ascot Chase at Ascot (2m 5f) in February by 15 lengths from Shantou Flyer.

Trainer Says:

He is well forward and I think we will go the same route as last year. He has come back as good as ever and is very fit and we will go to Wetherby for the Charlie Hall and then to Haydock for the Betfair Chase. We will always do right by him and the moment he tells us he has had enough we will stop but he is as good as he has ever been and he will have the same campaign at Christmas for him with the King George his target.

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Elegant Escape (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Dubai Destination - Graineuaile (Orchestra)
  • Trained by: C L Tizzard
  • Last Race: Newbury, 2 Dec 2017 12:45
  • Result: Won/5, led until 8th (water), with leader, led again 10th, joined 3 out and again last, driven and stayed on well run-in
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Form Profile:

137 rated hurdler. Winner of a maiden hurdle at Chepstow (2m 3 1/2f) in October and a novice hurdle at Ascot (2m 5 1/2f) in November last season.

Trainer Says:

He will be going three-mile novice chasing and starts at Chepstow this weekend. He won over hurdles at Chepstow and Ascot last season and finished seventh in the Albert Bartlett. He is a lovely chasing stayer for the future and he has jumped well when we have schooled him.

Video Form
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Finian's Oscar (IRE)

Form Profile:

151 rated hurdler. Winner of four of his five races over hurdles including the Grade 1 Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle at Sandown (2m) in January (beating Capitaine five lengths) and the Grade 1 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree (2m 4f) (scoring by three lengths from Captain Forez). Met his only defeat when short headed by Bacardys in the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown at the end of April.

Trainer Says:

He is well on the way and he has been entered for the novices’ chase at Chepstow on Saturday. We will have to watch the going as it is drying up fast and he wouldn’t want firm. He will be schooled again this week and he is too good a horse to risk on quicker ground.

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Fox Norton (FR)

Form Profile:

169 rated chaser. Landed the Grade 1 Melling Chase at Aintree (2m 4f) in April by six lengths from Sub Lieutenant and ended his season with a length and three quarter defeat of Un De Sceaux in the Champion Chase at Punchestown (2m) later that month.

Trainer Says:

He will go for his second crack at the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham after being beaten only a head in the race last March. He will take in the Shloer and the Tingle Creek and he will be given an entry in the King George too just in case the other horses don’t run there. The only time we stepped up in trip was at Aintree and he ran superb to win the Melling Chase over two and a half miles. He is a very classy horse and we will start at two miles but if gets beat a few times we will step him up in trip.

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Gentleman Jon

  • 9-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Beat All - Sudden Spirit (Esprit du Nord)
  • Trained by: C L Tizzard
  • Last Race: Newbury, 2 Dec 2017 13:20
  • Result: 3/12, chased leaders on inside, 2nd 9th, led after 12th, narrowly headed 2 out, chased leader, every chance run-in, 3rd and held close home
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Form Profile:

127 rated chaser. Gained his most prestigious success last season when landing the Listed Badger Ales Chase at Wincanton (3m 1f) in October by 25 lengths from Set List.

Trainer Says:

He has been on the go in the Summer and he will have one run and then go for the Badger Ales Chase at Wincanton which he won last year.

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Golden Sunrise (IRE)

  • 4-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Stowaway - Fairy Dawn (Old Vic)
  • Trained by: C L Tizzard
  • Last Race: Chepstow, 9 Dec 2017 13:00
  • Result: 2/15, in touch, headway before 4 out, chased winner 3 out, not fluent last, kept on and always held by winner
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Form Profile:

Fourth in a bumper at Fontwell in February.

Trainer Says:

He is a horse I like a lot and he could have one more run in a bumper before going hurdling. He is hopefully one for the future.

Video Form
9 Dec 2017:
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Mick Thonic (FR)

Form Profile:

132 rated chaser. Travelling well when unseating rider three out in a novices’ handicap chase (2m) at Ludlow last Wednesday.

Trainer Says:

He won a novice chase at Cheltenham in April and didn’t like the heavy ground when third at Newton Abbot on his reappearance. He was travelling well when unseating at Ludlow on Wednesday and he can run in novice chases until the end of October. Alan Potts wants graded horses and whether he’s that good we will see and take a view on it.

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Native River (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Indian River - Native Mo (Be My Native)
  • Trained by: C L Tizzard
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 17 Mar 2017 15:30
  • Result: 3/13, prominent, led 3rd, headed 7th, led 15th, not fluent 4 out, ridden and headed 2 out, stayed on under pressure flat but no impression on winner, went 2nd towards finish, lost 2nd post
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Form Profile:

166 rated chaser. Winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow and the Denman Chase at Newbury and third, beaten two and three quarter lengths, to Sizing John in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham (3m 2 1/2f).

Trainer Says:

He’s not a bad one is he! He shook himself up a bit in the Gold Cup and he is back cantering now and will run around Christmas time. He had a hard season last year so will be a bit careful and what I want to do now is give him his second run in the Gold Cup. He could then end up in the Grand National.

Video Form
27 Dec 2016:
10 Oct 2015:

On Demand

  • 6-y-o; chestnut mare
  • Breeding: Teofilo - Mimisel (Selkirk)
  • Trained by: C L Tizzard
  • Last Race: Ascot, 25 Nov 2017 13:30
  • Result: 7/10, keen, chased leader until lost 2nd on long run after 3 out, weakening when hung right and mistake 2 out
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Form Profile:

122 rated hurdler. Finished third, beaten five and three quarter lengths, to Still Believing on her reappearance in a mares’ handicap hurdle at Ludlow (2m 5f) on Wednesday.

Trainer Says:

She finished third in a mares’ handicap hurdle at Ludlow last week and there is a good chance she will go mares’ novice chasing.

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Pingshou

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Definite Article - Quest Of Passion (Saumarez)
  • Trained by: C L Tizzard
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 25 Apr 2017 16:20
  • Result: 3/7, tracked leaders, closed up 4th, on terms before next, narrowly headed before straight and pushed along, dropped to 3rd approaching last, no extra, one pace
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Form Profile:

150 rated hurdler. Much improved display when beating Mount Mews in the Grade 1 Top Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree (2m 1/2f) in April when beating Mount Mews four and a half lengths and confirmed the impression of that run when third, beaten four and a quarter lengths, to Cilaos Emery in the Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown (2m 1/2f) later that month.

Trainer Says:

We are trying get him ready for one of the Champion Hurdle Trials and the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle is a possible target. He is seven but he was winning in novice hurdles last season and there may well be further improvement in him. If he is not up to it then we will switch and send him novice chasing.

Video Form
25 Apr 2017:
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Quite By Chance

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Midnight Legend - Hop Fair (Gildoran)
  • Trained by: C L Tizzard
  • Last Race: Ascot, 25 Nov 2017 15:15
  • Result: 3/8, led until headed briefly 6th, headed 8th, chased leader until 4 out, chased leaders, outpaced 2 out, ridden and switched left approaching last, kept on again in closing stages, not pace to challenge
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Form Profile:

144 rated chaser. Scored by six lengths from Noche De Reys on his reappearance in a valuable handicap chase at Ascot (2m 1f) in October of last year.

Trainer Says:

He won at Ascot last October and we will start him off there again. He also finished second to Sire De Grugy there and I wouldn’t mind running him over the bigger fences at Aintree sometime during the season.

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Robinsfirth (IRE)

Form Profile:

142 rated chaser. Gained his last success when scoring by five lengths from Theo’s Charm in a beginners’ chase at Exeter (2m 3f) in January.

Trainer Says:

We are going to go to the first Cheltenham with him and hopefully if he is good enough he will probably have a Ladbrokes Trophy entry. We have always thought a lot of him but he’s a bit fragile and is very good at home.

Video Form
20 Jan 2017:

Royal Vacation (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: King's Theatre - Summer Break (Foxhound)
  • Trained by: C L Tizzard
  • Last Race: Newbury, 2 Dec 2017 15:00
  • Result: PU/20, chased leaders, losing pace when mistake 9th, towards rear and no chance after, tailed off and pulled up before 15th
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Form Profile:

152 rated chaser. Gained his most prestigious success when beating Virgilio 12 lengths in the Grade 1 Kauto Star Novices’ Chade at Kempton (3m) on Boxing Day.

Trainer Says:

He will have one run then go for the Ladbrokes Trophy that is the plan. He has had an operation on his palate and had problems with his shins but that has been sorted out. Hopefully, that will make a difference and he has come back looking well.

Video Form
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Sizing Codelco (IRE)

Form Profile:

160 rated chaser. Found his form with a vengeance in the Spring and won his final two starts in great style. Scored by 13 lengths from Rightdownthemiddle in a listed handicap chase at Aintree (3m 1f) in April and followed up with a three and half length defeat of Forever Gold in a handicap chase at Punchestown (3m 1/2f) later that month.

Trainer Says:

He has gone up the handicap and is a 160 handicapper now which is close to being Gold Cup standard. He might well run this Saturday at Chepstow then we will take him to the Ladbroke at Newbury. If he was to win that off 160 then we would have a Gold Cup horse and he could also go for the Welsh National. He won for us at Aintree and Punchestown last season and he seems suited by better ground.

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Sizing Granite (IRE)

  • 9-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Milan - Hazel's Tisrara (Mandalus)
  • Trained by: C L Tizzard
  • Last Race: Ascot, 25 Nov 2017 14:05
  • Result: PU/9, chased leaders on inside, weakened and lost place 13th, soon behind, tailed off when blundered 3 out, soon pulled up
  • View full form
Form Profile:

157 rated chaser. Took a while to find his form for the stable but ended his campaign with a five-length defeat of stablemate Viconte Du Noyer in a handicap chase at Punchestown (2m 4f) in April.

Trainer Says:

We operated on his wind and came back a different horse when winning at Punchestown in April. He has come back after his Summer break looking really well and he was a Grade 1 winner in the past. We will be looking toward the top handicaps and conditions chases over two and a half miles for him and he may well stay three miles.

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Sizing Platinum (IRE)

  • 9-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Definite Article - Quest Of Passion (Saumarez)
  • Trained by: C L Tizzard
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 28 Oct 2017 15:10
  • Result: 3/15, in touch, tracked winner 3 out to before next, soon outpaced in 3rd, no chance with front pair before last
  • View full form
Form Profile:

146 rated chaser. Made a winning reappearance at Newton Abbot (2m 1/2f) this month when beating Ut Majeur Aulmes 14 lengths off a mark of 136.

Trainer Says:

He won nicely Newton Abbot and he goes to the first Cheltenham meeting.

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Tempestatefloresco

Form Profile:

145 rated chaser. Scored by six lengths from Shelford when winning the Summer Cup Handicap Chase at Uttoxeter (3m 2f) in July. Off the mark over hurdles at Ludlow on Wednesday when beating Shadow’s Boy by four lengths.

Trainer Says:

He obviously won the Summer Cup at Uttoxeter and is still a novice hurdler so we took advantage of that at Ludlow on Wednesday. He went to the Kerry National but it was hock deep there and he didn’t like that at all. With that in mind you will see him a lot before Christmas.

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Theatre Guide (IRE)

Form Profile:

150 rated chaser. Best effort last season on his reappearance in the Old Roan Handicap Chase at Aintree (2m 4f) when beating God’s Own a length and three quarters.

Trainer Says:

He is a lovely handicapper and he will have one run before going for the Ladbrokes Trophy. He won at Cheltenham in December and then went onto finish third in the Betbright Chase at Kempton and in the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown. He could develop into a Grand National horse although his owner isn’t keen on the idea.

Video Form
27 Dec 2016:

Third Intention (IRE)

  • 10-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Azamour - Third Dimension (Suave Dancer)
  • Trained by: C L Tizzard
  • Last Race: Sandown, 12 Nov 2017 15:30
  • Result: 2/6, always prominent, led before 14th, joined last, headed flat, soon ridden, rallied towards finish, just held
  • View full form
Form Profile:

154 rated chaser. Gained his last success with a nose defeat of Perfect Candidate at Cheltenham (3m 2f) in December and finished third.

Trainer Says:

He was at his best first time out last season when beating God’s Own in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree and that’s where he will go again.

Video Form
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Thistlecrack

Form Profile:

174 rated chaser. Started last season as a novice chaser and following three easy victories at Chepstow (2m 7 1/2f) in October, Cheltenham (3m 1/2f) and Grade 2 success at Newbury (2m 7 1/2f) in November easily surpassed those effort when beating stablemate Cue Card three and a quarter lengths in the King George VI Chase at Kempton (3m) on Boxing Day. Lost his unbeaten record when beaten a head by the ill-fated Many Clouds in the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham (3m 1 1/2f) in January

Trainer Says:

We found some heat in his leg after his defeat by Many Clouds in the Cotswold Chase and discovered it was minor tear to his tendon. It was enough to stop us going for the Gold Cup but he is one of the best horses I have trained. He is back cantering and will have one run before the King George. There is a possibility that his prep run could be over hurdles. He was brilliant in the King George last year and hopefully we can get him back there in the same form.

Video Form
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Ultragold (FR)

Form Profile:

142 rated chaser. Gained his most prestigious victory last season when scoring by a length from Katnap in the Topham Handicap Chase at Aintree (2m 5f) in April.

Trainer Says:

I will give him a run somewhere before he goes to the Becher Chase. He won the Topham last year so we will step him up in trip. A few years ago I thought he was a three miler and could win with him so I dropped him back to two miles. Now we are heading back up in distance with him and he jumped the fences around Aintree superbly well. We might even start in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter.

Video Form
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Valhalla (IRE)

Form Profile:

132 rated chaser and 137 rated hurdler. Gained his last victory in a handicap hurdle at Taunton (2m 1/2f) in March when scoring by two and a half lengths from Amour De Nuit.

Trainer Says:

He is rated 137 over hurdles and finished third at Stratford recently and will be out again shortly. I would say he is more one for around the little tracks.

Video Form
7 Oct 2016:

Viconte Du Noyer (FR)

Form Profile:

150 rated chaser. Last victory when beating Warrantor a length in a handicap chase at Cheltenham (3m 3 1/2f) in November and best subsequent effort when runner-up, beaten five lengths, to stablemate Sizing Granite in a similar event at Punchestown (2m 4f) in April.

Trainer Says:

He was impressive when he won first time out at Cheltenham last season and he could go there for the first meeting. We put him over the National fences in the Becher Chase but he wasn’t quite right at the time. He looks really well at the moment and he will be aimed at some of the nice handicap chases.

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West Approach

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Westerner - Ardstown (Ardross)
  • Trained by: C L Tizzard
  • Last Race: Exeter, 8 Dec 2017 14:40
  • Result: Won/4, tracked leader, led in back straight, clear 3 out, went left 2 out, hung right before jumping left last, hung left flat, driven out
  • View full form
Form Profile:

157 rated hurdler. Best effort over hurdles when third, beaten three and a quarter lengths, to Unowhatimeanharry in the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle (3m) at Cheltenham in January.

Trainer Says:

He is rated 157 over hurdles and being a half-brother to Thistlecrack he will go novice chasing this season. He is not a Thistlecrack and we may have overfaced him over hurdles and he lost his form at the end of last season but I am sure that is only temporary. If he is a 157 horse we will be having some fun with him going novice chasing.

Video Form
21 Oct 2017:
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White Moon (GER)

Form Profile:

Easy winner of a point-to-point in Ireland in May.

Trainer Says:

He is a horse I like a lot and he won his point-to-point very easily and the runner-up has franked the form since. He will go novice hurdling and hopefully has a bright future.

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