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Joe Tizzard: “Lamanver Pippin has a hell of a chance”

| 04.12.2020

Joe Tizzard: “Lamanver Pippin has a hell of a chance”

Coral ambassador previews the Tizzard yard’s weekend runners

It’s lovely to have some crowds back at the races. There were only 250 people at Wincanton on Thursday but it was just nice when we came back into the winners’ enclosure to have some applause and people there welcoming us in.

Even though there weren’t many people there, it still made for a better atmosphere. There was a buzz, and you could hear people chatting. It’s been a ghostly atmosphere going racing for the last few weeks.

Our owners will now be able to go and get looked after properly when their horses run and they have all said they will be coming racing from now on when possible.

Saturday runners


11.45 Aintree – Fly To Mars

He’s got a good rating for a novice and the year before last we decided to keep him as a novice for the following season and then he had a slight injury, so we missed last year.

It’s a starting point again for him, but he’s definitely got loads of ability. He’s shown that ability in the past and I’m sure he’ll need his run a little bit but it’s a lovely place to start.

14.40 Aintree – Native River

We are really excited about getting Native River back on track. He was in serious form last year and then just jarred himself up a bit in the Denman Chase at Newbury. He’s been in a long time and done lots of core fitness work, and he’s ready to run.

This race fell apart a bit after Might Bite fell last year, but this year’s race looks a bit more of a challenge. Frodon is hard fit and Santini was second in a Gold Cup. It’s a nice race and the right place to start him as well.

Sandown runners

13.15 Sandown – Coastal Drift

He’s a horse who has had a few problems. He is starting back. He has a handicap mark from his past form. We won’t be hanging about with him before we go chasing but he’s ready to run so we’ll see where we after tomorrow and make plans from there.

13.50 Sandown – Eldorado Allen

He deserves his place in this Grade One Novice Chase. He’s been perfect this season so far, and we have always held him in high regard. I don’t think the race was over at Cheltenham, our horse wouldn’t have stopped.

We welcomed the rain that fell at Sandown yesterday. It’s a decent race but he’s a six-year-old so hopefully a bit stronger than the four-year-old, Allmankind, and if it takes a bit of getting around Sandown then that would be in our favour.

Chepstow runners

12.12 Chepstow – Oscar Elite

Oscar Elite was really impressive last time and we thought we’d get another run into him. There are only three runners, but Tom George’s runner will be a good benchmark.

Oscar Elite handled the conditions well at Chepstow last time, and I don’t think the extra couple of furlongs is going to hinder him so he has a big chance.

12.47 Chepstow – Faustinovick

We went over three miles at Lingfield and he stopped, so we went back to just over two miles and he wasn’t quick enough, so this two and a half miles should be right for him. He’s been difficult to work out over the last couple of seasons, but he’s on a mark that he’s capable of winning off and hopefully this trip will be just right for him.

He did school particularly well last Wednesday, and he’s as good as we have had him recently so hopefully he can run a big race.

13.57 Chepstow – Lamanver Pippin

He’s got an entry in the Coral Welsh Grand National and he ran a really good race in the Amateur race at Cheltenham a few weeks ago. He has won around Chepstow so I think he has a hell of a chance in this. He’s a big strong horse that gallops and stays and jumps. This looks an ideal race for him.

15.07 Chepstow – Skerries Harbour

He’s a nice four-year-old baby, having his first run over hurdles. He’ll be a horse that wants to learn on the racecourse. He’s had a couple of runs in bumpers, and now he’s going to learn his job hurdling and we’ll make plans from there.

15.45 Chepstow – Name In Lights

He is a beautiful horse that we paid good money for as a store. He’s been coming to hand really nicely at home and we are taking our time with him. You never know with these bumpers what sort of horses are in it, and our horse has to prove he can handle the conditions, but he’s one of our nicer young horses.

Sunday runners

12.12 Huntingdon – Katahdin

He had some good bumper form. He’s knocking on the door to be able to win one of these handicaps. He ran well at Wetherby and it won’t be long before we go chasing but he’s in the right race.

13.17 Huntingdon – Floy Joy

He has run well in two bumpers this season. He’s schooled really nicely. He’s a four-year-old having his first run over hurdles. He’ll need a bit further in time but this is a good starting point. I think he’s got a good chance of being in the frame.




Daniel Anwar

Daniel has written about sport for Coral, Squawka, FourFourTwo and the Premier League, among others.