Joe Tizzard: He’s in good form and I’d be hopeful of a big run
Trainer and Coral ambassador Joe Tizzard discusses the chances of his two runners at Sandown on Saturday.
The last day of the season and we’re very close to passing the £1million mark in prize money, which would be a nice milestone to reach in my first season as the licence holder.
While we’ve got a good chance of doing so, even if we don’t, we’ve gone very close, so we can still take plenty of satisfaction from that.
It has been different this year, now the buck stops with me!
We have a great team here, but it’s me who makes the decisions, and therefore me who has to take responsibility, whether things go well or not. Have I enjoyed it? Mostly yes, and I’ve also learned plenty, which will help going forward.
I’ll keep about 20 in for summer jumping, so most of the 100 horses or so will get a good break, and it’s important for humans and horses to get a good break.
Jumping is our game and the winter months are what really matter, so we all need to take some time out and come back refreshed for the new season.
I’ve got lots of nice young horses to look forward to, we are just lacking that star performer, but we’ll keep looking – I’ve got some wonderfully supportive owners and we’ll never stop trying for them.
On paper, this is one of the easiest races Eldorado Allen has run in all season, in terms of the weight conditions of the race. He only ran two weeks ago at Aintree, but he has come out of that really well and this is a race we’ve had in mind for a while for him.
Hewick sets a high standard but may have had a hard race in the Gold Cup, while our fellow has run well over hurdles here before, so he can hopefully translate that to fences. He’s in good form and I would be hopeful of a big race.
Bourbali is such a lovely consistent horse, he never runs a bad race, but as a result he doesn’t get any respite from the handicapper.
He’s got some decent form to his name and has won and run well at Sandown before, and with only eight rivals it would be no surprise to see him run another strong race.