Joe Tizzard: “Mister Malarky pops up every year and has strong Ascot form”
Coral ambassador Joe Tizzard previews the stable’s weekend runners
Wetherby races 1.20 – Sizing at Midnight
This is, in many respects, a form of last chance saloon for Sizing at Midnight, who is usually a summer horse, but for whom the ground should be alright for up at Wetherby races this weekend.
He has been a very consistent horse for us without getting his head in front, but the mark he is at now is definitely a winnable one. We wouldn’t want the ground to get any softer, though.
Wetherby 2.30 – Slate House
We had a few injury issues with him last year but he is a Grade One winner over fences and we have had this race planned for him for a long time over hurdles.
The small field should help with his return and whilst he might have a bit to find with a couple of the others, he definitely can run a nice race here.
We haven’t planned too far ahead and how he gets on will determine where we go next with him.
Ascot 3.20 Mister Malarky
Mister Malarky is not the easiest horse to predict by any stretch, but he does seem to pop up at least once a year and win.
He has also ran very well around Ascot races previously, winning twice – including last year – so that gives me a lot of hope that his day can come this weekend.
He needed the run last time out at Chepstow races and he does pop in with a win every year!
Carlisle races 11.50 – Atakan
This is Atakan’s first run for us and it will be a learning curve for us as much as it will be for him.
We will have to work out what conditions and tracks will suit him, but he has schooled very well at home and we are really looking forward to seeing how he gets on.
Carlisle 12.50 – Killer Kane
Killer Kane is a lovely horse who just hit a bit of a tough spot in the middle of last season.
He finished the season strongly though, winning at Exeter where the form has worked out very well, so we have high hopes. This is an ideal place to start and he has a very nice chance on Sunday.
Carlisle 2.00 – Fiddlerontheroof
Fiddlerontheroof is another horse that we rate very highly and this race looks perfect for him.
The track, trip and ground all are in his favour and this is a race we won a couple of years ago with Lostintranslation.
It’s a cracking race on paper and he should run his race here and go close.
Carlisle 3.10 Christmas In April
Christmas In April finally got his head in front back in May, which was great, and since then he has had a nice break off the track.
He looks fit and well and in great shape, and he has bags of stamina, which you need around Carlisle races.
We are hopeful he will pick up where he left off in the summer and kick off his season with another win.