Joe Tizzard: “We’re looking forward to Oscar Elite’s chase debut”
Coral ambassador Joe Tizzard previews the stable’s runners at Cheltenham on Saturday
We’ve got just the two runners at Cheltenham but now the rain has come, we’ll be having plenty more going for us in the next few weeks.
And of course every weekend from now on there are big meetings to be aimed at, Ascot and Wetherby next weekend, then Wincanton and Aintree, Cheltenham’s big November meeting and so on and so on.
The horses have been running well over the summer, and we’ve got a lot of nice young horses to get started with, so it’s always an exciting time of the year, and the whole team is up for it.
Our first runner here, Shoal Bay, jumped left throughout at Ludlow last time, something he’d not done before, and we’ve checked him out since and found nothing wrong, so hopefully it was just one of those things.
The time before that he was desperately unlucky, as his saddle slipped when he was three lengths clear on the run in at Worcester.
He has got a bit to prove after that last run, but the owners were keen to have a runner here, and this was a nice race for him, so hopefully he can get back on track.
Oscar Elite makes his chasing debut, and we’re really excited about that, as he was our leading novice hurdler last season, finishing second at the Cheltenham Festival, and third at Aintree.
He’s been schooling really nicely, and he ran in three point-to-points in Ireland before we bought him, so touch wood he’ll take to chasing, as I say we’re certainly looking forward to getting him started.