Colin Tizzard Stable Tour

    Dorset trainer Colin Tizzard’s team for the 2018 Cheltenham Festival is led again by popular staying chasers Cue Card and Native River and bolstered by some smart novices.
  • Friday 23 February 2018
  • Stable Tours

Colin Tizzard could be the man to ensure that there is not a dry eye in the house at Cheltenham next month should the result occur that a considerable number of National Hunt stalwarts can only dream of and Cue Card lands a coveted and deserved success in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The 12-year-old, a nine times Grade 1 winner, is unquestionably the most popular horse in the Jumps training ranks and has had the misfortune to see his last two challenges for the Gold Cup end with falls at the third last but his game effort when second to Waiting Patiently in the Grade 1 Ascot Chase last weekend has clearly shown that Cue Card is no back number just yet.

The decision is still awaited as to whether Cue Card takes his chance in the Gold Cup or the Ryanair Chase but Tizzard, who drew a blank at the meeting last year, also has the likes of Native River and Finian’s Oscar at his disposal and is hopeful that the form of his horses going into the meeting and the assembled team this time around can maybe put that record straight.

Colin said: “I think we have some good chances in the novices’ races and while Cue Card will run a big race in whatever he goes in. I think we have better chances for the festival this year than last year.”

Here, Tizzard talks Tony Elves of attheraces.com through his team which he hopes will get him back on the Cheltenham Festival scoreboard in 2018.

Older Horses

Ainchea (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Flemensfirth - Lady Petit (Beneficial)
  • Trained by: C L Tizzard
  • Last Race: Sandown, 3 Feb 2018 12:40
  • Result: F/6, led and set steady pace, green in front and wandered at some flights, quickened approaching 2 out, 2 lengths ahead when fell last
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Trainer Says:

At Sandown he looked to me as if was going to win five lengths before he came down. He is beautiful big horse. He nearly won first time out in a bumper at Cheltenham. I think he is a gorgeous horse and he is progressing. He is in the Supreme and Ballymore. He is not slow and none of us really know if he is a two-miler or a two-and-a-half miler. I think he could be a surprise package. He is a good horse and doesn't stop either. You get these fast run two-mile races and these strong stayers will come through.

Cue Card

Trainer Says:

Despite everything what has been said about him over the last three months he looks to be as equally good as he has ever been. We watched a recording of the Ascot Chase and he was only half a length down when he definitely got interfered with. I'm not taking anything away from Waiting Patiently as he won on merit on the day. We were in two minds through the middle of the winter what we were going to do and I think he will improve massively for the Ascot race and whether he goes for the Ryanair or Gold Cup - if you read Monday's paper it was all decided but it is not. I've spoken to Jean (Bishop) and it wasn't what she really wanted to say. We will let that run for a while. Jean is coming down for three days to have a little holiday with the family and we will make a decision then for sure. There is no reason why we shouldn't go for the Gold Cup - is that any harder to win than the Ryanair? Possibly, yes.

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27 Apr 2016:

Elegant Escape (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Dubai Destination - Graineuaile (Orchestra)
  • Trained by: C L Tizzard
  • Last Race: Aintree, 13 Apr 2018 14:50
  • Result: 3/9, tracked leader, mistake 14th, led after 4 out, headed next, ridden after 2 out, kept on same pace, well held in clear 3rd before last
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Trainer Says:

He is a beautiful young horse and given him a campaign a bit like to what Native River had. He could go for the RSA or the four-miler and would stay the trip. Black Corton is a very good horse be Elegant Escape beat him at Newbury and we were closing on him fast at Kempton as well and I think Cheltenham will be right for him. At the moment we are definitely leaning towards the RSA, he is rated 154 and not many are rated above him but if a top Irish jockey became available in the National Hunt Chase that might change it.

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15 Oct 2017:
25 Oct 2016:

Finian's Oscar

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Oscar - Trinity Alley (Taipan)
  • Trained by: C L Tizzard
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 24 Apr 2018 18:40
  • Result: C/11, mid-division on outer, headway into 4th 4 out, pushed along in 5th entering straight, ridden in 4th when left 2nd 2 out, 2nd when carried out before last
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Trainer Says:

Finian’s Oscar was pulled up in the Cleeve Hurdle as he was making a noise so we’ve had his palate done. We schooled him on Wednesday morning and I would say he would wear blinkers and go for the JLT Novices’ Chase. His jumping has been suspect all season but that’s what we are likely to do. When he ran most of our horses weren’t running well but we have come through that.

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24 Apr 2018:
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19 Dec 2016:

Grand Vision (IRE)

Trainer Says:

He will go for the Foxhunters. The new rules said he could go back handicap chasing and he has won £25,000 and if he had won two hunter chases he would have won £3,000. He is a classy horse and been placed at two festivals.

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5 Dec 2017:

Kilbricken Storm

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Oscar - Kilbricken Leader (Supreme Leader)
  • Trained by: C L Tizzard
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 25 Apr 2018 16:55
  • Result: 3/11, chased leaders, soon 3rd, 2nd approaching straight, soon on terms, narrowly headed run-in and kept on well without matching 1st 2
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Trainer Says:

I think we will run him in the Albert Bartlett as he looks a thorough stayer and he would have a chance. I don’t think he was quite right at Newbury and he had already had two or three hard runs. He didn’t travel like he did in those other races and he had a little bit of a dirty nose afterwards so we backed off him for a bit. He has been fine for the past three weeks and we have three weeks to go.

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25 Apr 2018:

Lostintranslation (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Flemensfirth - Falika (Hero's Honor)
  • Trained by: C L Tizzard
  • Last Race: Aintree, 14 Apr 2018 14:25
  • Result: 2/12, held up towards rear, steady headway from 7th, ridden after 3 out, hit last and led, soon headed, edged right and led again 120 yards out, stayed on, headed towards finish
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Trainer Says:

He is another beautiful horse and he ran a bit flat a Haydock but he will be fine. I don’t think it will make a difference if runs over two miles in the Supreme or over two and a half in the Ballymore.

Video Form
14 Oct 2017:

Native River (IRE)

  • 8-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Indian River - Native Mo (Be My Native)
  • Trained by: C L Tizzard
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 16 Mar 2018 15:30
  • Result: Won/15, led but pressed by runner-up throughout, ridden after 3 out, headed narrowly 2 out, led again last, went 2 lengths clear 100 yards out, stayed on well, drawing further away when edged right towards finish
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Trainer Says:

He came back in August but we didn't want to put that leg under any more pressure than we needed. We spoke in depth all summer over it with the owners and we just wondered all year whether if having him ready in November for the Hennessy, the Welsh National then the Denman, whether we had taken the edge of him a bit. We were running into the Gold Cup not in the best of form and he still ran well to finish third. We are a lot stronger this time around, he’s in great form and we had him ready from Christmas. The manner of what he done at Newbury was equally as good as he has ever been. We are a lot stronger and he has got a wonderful chance in the Gold Cup. I think at the moment we have got it dead right with him. We’ve had a little skirmish around Newbury and sprinted for half a mile up the run over the last three fences and that should put him spot on. He was ready to run first time but he is bound to improve and how much he has got to improve we will find out.

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27 Dec 2016:
10 Oct 2015:

Slate House (IRE)

Trainer Says:

He had good form at the beginning of the season and won twice at Cheltenham. I don't think he was quite on his game last time. He travelled extremely well over two and a half at Cheltenham and just got run out of it and didn't quite stay. He will go for the Supreme. He won his only point-to-point he is a beautiful horse for chasing next year and that is what we have set up to do. We will start off at Cheltenham on the first day and I'm sure good spring ground will be ideal for him.

Vision Des Flos (FR)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Balko - Marie Royale (Turgeon)
  • Trained by: C L Tizzard
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 24 Apr 2018 16:20
  • Result: 2/10, tracked leaders, progress into 2nd after 4 out, disputed lead next, led 2 out, ridden and joined before last, headed after last, kept on same pace inside final furlong
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Trainer Says:

There are not many horses that win a listed race by 31 lengths and he did exactly that at Exeter. He jumped the last and was tanking all the way to the line and I hope he is like that at Cheltenham. He is obviously a decent horse and they can’t all have been out of form. He will run at Cheltenham but I don’t know which race I favour at the moment Supreme/Ballymore).

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White Moon (GER)

Trainer Says:

He had a little bit of a setback and was sore behind when he got beat at Sandown but he was back in full work three weeks ago. He had a month off but he is absolutely fine and schooled well on Wednesday morning. He is a lovely big horse and a real chasing type. He is in the Ballymore and the Albert Bartlett and I see him as more of a three-miler and he will probably end up there. If you had seen him school you can’t wait to see him as a novice chaser next year as he is brilliant. He is a big horse but he will be ready.

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