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Joe Tizzard: “Vision Des Flos should have a great chance at Aintree.”

| 12.04.2018

Friday Aintree

1:45 –  Storm Home

Storm Home has had a good season. He’s rated 138 now and is in lovely form.

We bought him as a good horse and he’s taken a while to get to a good place. We’ve had a few niggly problems with him.

He’s come right this season and looks absolutely superb. We were half tempted to run him in a graded novice event.

Dad’s not a big fan of handicap hurdles but if he’s good enough to run in a graded race then he’s well enough handicapped to run well in this.

He’s very straightforward but he’s got to get the trip. He’s a soft ground two mile horse and a good ground two and half mile horse, so that is the concern.

Hopefully with such a light weight hopefully he can last home.

2:20 – Slate House and Vision Des Flos

Slate House has schooled lovely since his tumble at Cheltenham. He looks better than he did going into Cheltenham too.

He’s a good horse on his today and I think around here will suit him too. He’s proved his a really good horse already and he’s going to be some chaser next year.

We’ve schooled him over fences and he was very impressive. A big run is expected from him.

Vision Des Flos loves soft ground. He travelled and jumped so well at Cheltenham. He just didn’t get home.

So we are dropping back in trip and he will love the ground. He should have a great chance. These are both good horses and we are expecting big runs from both of them.

2:50 – Elegant Escape

He has progressed all season. He’s going to run with the sheepskin cheekpieces on which we put on Native River for the first time in this race two years ago.

He has a very similar profile to Native River. Elegant Escape is the best 3 mile novice chaser in Britain and he will love it around Aintree and I expect a great run from him.

3:25 – Sizing Granite

He comes right at this time of year. He had pounds in hand last time over hurdles and absolutely dotted in.

He looks superb and has schooled beautifully. He is a Grade 1 winner around Aintree as a novice.

He’s in really good form and I think he can run a big race.

For whatever reason he shows absolutely nothing until after Christmas, and then he starts to look better and we are expecting a big run from him.

4:05 – Ultragold and Shanahans Turn

Ultragold won the race last year which was astounding as on a normal track he never gets two and a half miles. He jumped better than I’ve ever seen a horse jump around there.

He never touched a twig and absolutely loved it. He then ran again in November. Harry is super excited about riding him.

It doesn’t get easier as he’s handicapped on what he’s achieved but it helps a great deal if you know that a horse loves it round there.

Shanahan’s Turn gets in off a lovely weight. He ran a big race at Cheltenham. We haven’t been able to run him much since he’s been here. He’s a previous winner of the Galway Plate and off a very likeable mark.

He’s in great form and there is definitely a good handicap in him. It’s the first time over these fences for him so you never know, but he schooled lovely this morning.

He’s like an old pro. He looks a million dollars.




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.