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Joe Tizzard: “We feel Lostintranslation is back to his best”

| 23.12.2020

Coral ambassador previews the Tizzard yard’s Boxing Day runners

Firstly, we’re delighted that Robbie Power is fine to be able to ride on Boxing Day. We had a bit of a scare yesterday as he wasn’t sure if he would be able to travel over, but he’s checked it out and he is allowed to travel back from Ireland.

Brendan Powell is going to ride all six runners at Wincanton for us. Brendan rode a Cheltenham Festival winner for us on Golden Chieftain, and he came up through the conditional ranks with us, and has ridden out for us on and off since then. He’s absolutely flying this season, and makes the effort to come and ride out.

Robbie, Jonjo Junior, Tom and Harry are all elsewhere on Boxing Day, and when Dave Roberts (his agent) said Brendan was available we snapped him up.

Kempton runners

13.50 Kempton – The Big Breakaway

He was ultra-impressive at Cheltenham, and then it backfired on us when we tried to get some more experience into him at Exeter. But we also learned a lot about him as he had to do his own donkey-work that day, and showed signs of immaturity and he just didn’t want to be ridden that way.

He got some more miles on the clock which will stand him in good stead, and we are looking forward to running him in a better race where he can get a lead. This is a very competitive race; there’s no two ways about it. It’s a Grade One and he will have to run a lifetime best to win it.

I think Kempton will suit him fine, and it’s important that we are going three miles with him, and it’s important that we get a truly run race. He’s always been around big galloping tracks, so this is the first time he’s been around Kempton, but I don’t see that being a problem. He jumps very well, and we are just happy to be running in this class of race where we can teach him more, learn more about him, and see how good he is.

We’ve never hidden the fact that we hold The Big Breakaway in very high regard. Every horse gets beat but he’s a very good horse. We are very excited about running him, and it’s not all about Boxing Day, as he’s a horse that is going to keep improving over the next eighteen months.

15.00 Kempton – Lostintranslation

We have to overcome a disappointing race at Haydock on very heavy ground but we’ve been through everything at home and he seems absolutely fine. We would love the ground to be good to soft, as that would be ideal for us. He is in really good form at home and we are very excited about running him.

It’s only one run ago that he jumped the last upsides the winner in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, so he’s proved he’s well capable on his day, and we feel that we have him back to his best.

I’d love to see Lostintranslation get into a nice rhythm and jump with fluency, like he did in the Gold Cup.

Cyrname looks to be going there in top form and he is going to be a tough horse to try and beat, but we are excited about our horse’s chance.

Wincanton runners

12.25 Wincanton – Rose of Arcadia

She was a bit disappointing first time up but we’ve just tweaked her wind since that run. We hold her in very high regard, and she looks big and well at home. She’ll have to cope with the pretty heavy ground that it looks like being at Wincanton which is a minor concern. She’s a mare we really like.

13.34 Wincanton – Sizing Cusimano

He ran well over an extreme distance at Exeter last time. He looked the winner turning for home but didn’t quite get the trip, so we are dropping back in trip on a flatter track. He’s in great form and schooled well this morning. I think he has to be competitive in this.

14.10 Wincanton – Bourbali

He gets a 13lbs three-year-old allowance which means he runs off a mark of 91 rather than 104. They give them that allowance for a reason but it’s obviously a big help. He gets in quite nicely. He should be competitive off this mark

14.45 Wincanton – White Moon

It’s nice to get him back. We found a bit of bone floating round in his back leg. It took us a long time to pin-point the problem. He had threatened to be back to his best last season, and then he had that fall at Wincanton when he looked like he was going to win, and that’s possibly where he got the injury.

He’s had a racecourse gallop, and this is a nice Pertemps qualifier to start off in before we go back chasing. This race will give us an option further down the line if we need it

15.19 Wincanton – Carrick Roads

He probably wants better ground but he’s in great form. He was running really well at Wincanton when he clouted four out and then fell two out.

He’s going back to two and a half miles which will help. The ground might catch him out, but he’s bouncing out of his skin at home so hopefully we’ll get away with it over this trip.

15.50 Wincanton – Charlie Magri

He’s a nice Midnight Legend horse having his first run in a bumper so it will be a nice education. He’ll improve no end for it. He’s a nice little horse, who will be better off over hurdles, but will have a couple of bumper runs first.




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.