Colin Tizzard achieved his own magnificent seven when Native River displayed the battling qualities that have been a hallmark of his career then beating Might Bite four and half lengths in the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup and the winner-hungry trainer will looking to add to that tally in the forthcoming Cheltenham Festival.
The ball was set rolling when Cue Card landed the 2010 Champion Bumper and that former legend at Venn Farm in Sherborne when onto victory in the 2013 Ryanair Chase in a year in which he completed a double at the meeting with Gold Chieftain in the Ultima Handicap Chase.
Oiseau De Nuit gave Tizzard success in the Grand Annual in 2011 and Gold Cup contender Thistlecrack was at the height of his powers when landing 2016 World Hurdle.
There was another double at the big meeting last year when Kilbricken Storm took the Albert Barlett Novices’ Hurdle just 40 mins before Native River was sent on his way to that famous Gold Cup success.
Colin kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about some of his leading prospects for the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.