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Joe Tizzard ‘We’d like to think War Lord will take all the beating”

| 18.12.2020

The Coral ambassador has his say on all the Team Tizzard runners on Saturday


Haydock 14.05 – War Lord

The day starts with War Lord, who was an impressive winner here last time, improving nicely from his first run of the season. He proved he could handle the really heavy Haydock ground, which is what he’ll get again here. We think he’s a horse on a lovely upward curve, he’s ready to run, and we’d like to think he’ll take all the beating again.

Ascot 14.25 – Thistlecrack

We’ve deliberately not been hyping up Thistlecrack this season, we’re just going to let him do the talking. He’s done everything we’ve asked of him at home, and we’re looking forward to running him again. There’s no doubt that on this soft ground he’ll improve for this run, but he’s showing all his old zest at home, if he wasn’t we wouldn’t be running him.

It was always the plan to start back over hurdles, there’s less pressure on him, although it’s turned into a really hot Long Walk, with Thyme Hill and Paisley Park setting a high standard. But we can go under the radar here, and we’ll see where we are with him.

Haydock 14.40 – Highest Sun

Highest Sun ran a lovely race at Newbury last month, and as he hasn’t really had his preferred ground yet this season, he’ll enjoy this Haydock going. The flat track should suit him too, we do think he’s good enough to win one of these big staying handicaps, and it could be this weekend.

Ascot 15.00 – Mister Malarky

Mister Malarky is a difficult horse to get right, as he can be a bit in and out. He also probably prefers better ground, but if we don’t run him then he won’t go down in the handicap and give himself a chance when he does get his going. He deserves his place in these types of races, and as he showed last season, he’s capable of winning a nice prize.

Ascot 15.35 – Master Debonair

Master Debonair was disappointing first time up this season, but hopefully we’ve sorted out whatever went wrong that day. This is as expected an ultra-competitive contest, but he’s got some excellent form around Ascot, including a Grade 2 win at this meeting last season. We thought he might be good enough to progress to being a Champion Hurdle horse, and if that’s the case, he’d have an each-way chance in this.





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