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Joe Tizzard: “I think Bramble Brook has a very good chance”

| 20.10.2017

Joe talks us through the Tizzard stable’s Ffos Las runners and reviews Chepstow

Last weekend’s Chepstow runners

I was delighted with Finian’s Oscar. He wasn’t impressive like Thistlecrack was on debut but Bryan was always very confident on him.

It was a 137 rated horse that led us into the straight and he walked home so they went really fast in that race, there’s no two ways about it. 

Our horse got there on the bridle and had a nice pop round and left us plenty to work on.

Bryan said that after the last, just so that he could see if there was much left in the tank, he gave him a squeeze and Finian’s Oscar picked up and sprinted for five yards and Bryan said there was plenty there and went easy on him.

We may now go to Cheltenham at the November meeting and give him a run there. He has to gain some experience around there so it’s the obvious place to go.

I was chuffed to bits with Vision Des Flos. He ran with the choke out for the first mile, and you can’t do that around Chepstow, but he jumped really well and travelled into the race really well, so I’m delighted with him.

He’s only a four-year-old and he’s going to go right to the top. He just needs to learn to settle in his races. He may well now be Cheltenham bound at the November meeting.

Elegant Escape ran really well. The further they went, the faster they went, and the better he jumped. He will have learned heaps from it and had a good blow.

The horses are fit but they will improve for their runs. Alan King’s thinks a lot of his mare that won the race, so we were delighted with our horse.

Ultragold ran a blinder and stayed on really well which is good news. He’s always been a good two miler and then he stayed the Topham trip, but the way he stayed on Sunday opens up lots of options over three miles for him.

We were delighted with Lostintranslation. He came to us at the end of last season and we didn’t want to run him on the good ground.

He looked like he’d won the race and then slipped, and then he looked like he’d won the race again and went four lengths clear, and he just got tired. We are very, very excited about him. He could be anything.

Joe’s Saturday runners 

2.10 Ffos Las – Queen of The Wind

She’s a nice filly. She ran well in her bumper. She’s schooled really well and this is an ideal starting point for her.

She has plenty of ability and will definitely be winning soon, but this is her first hurdle start to we will see where we are with her.

If she finished third or fourth we’d be delighted with her.

3.20 Ffos Las – West Approach

This has turned into a decent little race. Our horse is the top rated in the race.

I think his mark is a little bit exaggerated through some placed runs in top company but he is a very good horse.

He was a bit novice-like to start with when schooling but he schooled impressively last week and then again this week.

We had him entered everywhere, Fakenham yesterday and we toyed with going to Cheltenham, but this is the right race to start in.

It’s all about jumping round but his ability should put him in with a very good chance of winning. He can handle the ground.

We were quite conscious about not bottoming him on his first start but this is only a 2m5f race and he stays three miles.

5.00 Ffos Las – Bramble Brook

We are going to the well pretty quickly with him; this is his third run in as many weeks. He’s a bit lazy at home and he’s been knocking on the door in his races.

We thought he was going to win at Stratford, and we thought he was going to win at Newton Abbot, and was second both times.

He doesn’t deserve to be labelled as being ungenuine or having seconditis as I think he’s just bumped into some nice horses each time.

He is quite lazy at home, and he looks superb, so we’ve decided to run him again quickly just to make a man of him.

We’ve been softly, softly with him all his life but now’s the time for him to go to war. Richard Johnson should get on with him really well and I think he has a very good chance.

5.35 Ffos Las – Duc Kauto

This is a nice, racey sort that we don’t think will mind the soft ground.

He’s one of Alan Potts’ that goes well and our bumper horses are running well, so we’d expect him to run a nice race. Bryan Cooper is coming over to ride him.




Joe Tizzard

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 throughout the 2019-20 season.