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Joe Tizzard: “Copperhead has a massive chance if you ignore his last run”

| 27.11.2020

Coral ambassador previews the Tizzard yard’s Saturday runners

It has been dire for the owners for the last month. We don’t even encourage the owners to go because of it, so the news that crowds will start to return to racecourses is fantastic news.

This is a social sport, and an entertainment business, so we need to get people back at the tracks.

The news of a vaccine and the start of a return to normality has given everyone a glimmer of hope. I’m all for things starting to happen again, in a controlled manner. The sport needs it.

I think Racing as a whole has done a fantastic job for the last six months. We’ve managed to keep the show on the road, our owners have shown amazing patience and understanding, and we can be very proud of our industry and everyone in it for making it happen.

Saturday runners

13.15 Newbury – Highest Sun

I was a bit disappointed with him around Hereford. I thought he would run a really big race but he never really got into a rhythm. Whether it was the track, always on the turn going right-handed, it was  too sharp for him. He then just kept galloping at the end and wasn’t beaten that far.

Newbury is where he’s shown his best form. He ran well behind Champ there last year. This is an ultra-competitive race but we think he is on a mark where he should be competitive in one of these reasons. He should have improved sharpness-wise from his first run and will strip fit, so there are no excuses for him here.

15.00 Newbury – Mister Malarky & Copperhead

Copperhead is a horse that we’ve had in mind for this race even through last season, but then he took a heavy fall at the Festival and had a very disappointing race at Wetherby first time up. But he came back from that last run not quite right, so we know the reason for that.

He has to put those two things behind him. He schooled really well last week and he is working very well and we think we’ve sorted out what was amiss at Wetherby. If you ignored those last couple of runs he would have a massive chance. He has plenty of ability, he’s won around Newbury and this trip will suit him really well.

Mister Malarky will love the ground. His prep run was far better than in the same race twelve months ago, and last year he jumped the second last upsides the winner in this race and then didn’t quite get home. But the better ground will help with the trip, and he’s a year older and stronger.

On his day he’s a classy horse and I think he can run a big race. He seems really sharp at home and we’ve put the blinkers on this time to get him sharp in the race.

15.35 Newbury – The Russian Doyen

He travelled as well as anything in the Paddy Power Gold Cup a couple of weeks ago and then made a couple of mistakes going up the hill and that stopped his momentum. Whether he didn’t get the trip or the mistakes cost him, I don’t know, but he’s won around this course and distance at Newbury and he’s proven at this trip.

We will ride him aggressively here as we know he stays two and a half miles. He’ll be bounced out and ridden prominently. He wasn’t given a hard race when he was beaten at Cheltenham so he came out of that race really well. He’s only ever won over two miles so maybe that is just his best trip.




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.