Joe Tizzard: “This is the perfect race for Rose Of Arcadia”
Coral ambassador Joe Tizzard previews the stable’s runners on Saturday
Wincanton 12.40 – Kauto The King
It’s been a great week for us, with big wins for Fiddlerontheroof and Eldorado Allen, which bodes well for this time of the season when the action steps up a level or two. The former will be aimed at the Ladbrokes Trophy, while the latter could go to Huntingdon races for the Peterborough Chase.
We start off this big day at our local track with Kauto King. He got onto a really good roll earlier in the year, winning three in a row, and he needs good ground, which he will get here. He’s won over this course and distance, and we’ve got a jockey in Harry Kimber who’s riding really well, so there are lots of positives here.
Wincanton 1.15 – Nelsons Rock and Rectory Oak
We run two in this novice hurdle. Nelsons Rock is one we’re just trying to suss out a little bit more, he won two Irish point-to-points so there’s ability there, but we’ve just had one or two little issues with him. Once he gets a handicap mark I’m sure he’ll be competitive.
Rectory Oak is another who’s had a few problems, but he’s got some decent form from early in his career, and looks to be back towards that level at home, so we’re looking forward to the future with him, it will be nice to get this first run into him.
Wincanton 2.25 – Rose Of Arcadia
This is a lovely place to start Rose Of Arcadia off. She’s won here before, and we fancied her for the Mares’ final at Newbury, but she clouted the second last flight that day, and hurt herself a little bit. She’s in great form at home, and while it won’t be long before she goes chasing, this is the perfect race to get her season going again, I think she should be very competitive off a mark of 119.
Wincanton 3.00 – Storm Home and Ofalltheginjoints
We run two in what looks an open but perhaps not a vintage Badger Beer Handicap Chase. Storm Home loves decent ground, and has been a star for us already, winning a Summer Cup. As a result, he was hiked right up by the handicapper, so life isn’t easy for him now. That said he will get his ground here, and it’s probably his last chance before he gets the winter off.
Ofalltheginjoints ran poorly at Uttoxeter races last time, so we put the blinkers on him and it does seem to have sharpened him up at home at least. On his best form, he’d have a chance here. It’s been the plan for a while but after such a lacklustre run last time – and for no apparent reason – there has to be a doubt over him. He needs to bounce back, but as I say, if he can, he’s not without a chance.