Joe Tizzard: ‘I think Oscar Elite has an outstanding chance at Aintree.’
Coral ambassador Joe Tizzard previews his stable’s runners on day two of the Grand National Festival
Ahead of a busy day at Aintree, our man Joe Tizzard talks us through his stable’s runners, including several he feels have a good chance.
We run two in the Grade 3 handicap hurdle, War Lord and Amarillo Sky.
War Lord has been consistent all season, and perhaps the handicapper has just got hold of him a bit now.
We’re looking forward to going novice chasing with him next season, and he seems in good form at home, so he deserves to take his chance here, and if he runs up to his best form, that would give him a chance in an ultra-competitive race.
Amarillo Sky is more of an unknown. He got hiked in the weights for an admittedly impressive win at Exeter, so we’ve had to step him up in class.
Like War Lord he’ll be novice chasing next season, he did take some time to come to hand this year, but he looked good at Exeter, and that hopefully puts him in here with a decent each way chance, if he can take that next step forward.
We’re double handed here too, with two of our best novice chasers.
We were delighted with both Fiddlerontheroof and The Big Breakaway when they finished second and third behind Monkfish in the Brown Advisory at Cheltenham last month.
The Big Breakaway put it up to Monkfish that day, and that probably just stopped him finishing off his race strongly, whereas Fiddlerontheroof sat off the pace and picked up the pieces to take second.
Both ran really well that day though, I think they’ll both be suited by the track here, and there’s really not that much between them.
It’s an open race, you have to respect the favourite [Chantry House] but you’d say there’s nothing of the class of Monkfish here, so I think both of ours have live chances.
We did miss a prep run with The Big Breakaway ahead of Cheltenham too, because of the weather, so there may be some more improvement to come from him as well.
Oscar Elite ran a blinder to finish second in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham, we think he’s in as good as form as he was going into that, and based on that run, he’s the best of British-trained staying novice hurdlers, so I think he’s got an outstanding chance.
He’s always been a nice horse, and we ran him at Cheltenham because we felt he was good enough to do himself justice, that second place wasn’t a fluke. We’re expecting a big run from him.
Our final runner on the day is The Widdow Maker.
He won his novice hurdle and then didn’t come off the bridle when following up back at Taunton in a handicap.
He went up ten pounds for that win, and then another two just stood in his box, so we’ve had to step him up in class.
He’s a lovely free-going horse who deserves to take his chance here.
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