Colin Tizzard delighted by efforts of top trio in Wincanton gallop

Saturday, Nov 11 2017

Trainer Colin Tizzard expressed his satisfaction after seeing three of his stable stars enjoy a racecourse gallop prior to racing at Wincanton.

The Dorset handler sent Cue Card, Thistlecrack and Fox Norton for a two-mile spin at the Somerset venue and all three appeared to enjoy the experience.

Tizzard told Racing UK: "When Wincanton asked us whether we could bring some of our stars up here and parade, I thought straight away why don't we put the jockeys on and do a two-mile canter? It's worked out beautifully. They're three top horses and they haven't done any more than they'd do at home, but it's lovely to get them on the track."

Cue Card, who fell in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby last Saturday, travelled with his usual enthusiasm in the hands of Harry Cobden, who will replace Paddy Brennan as the 11-year-old's regular rider when he bids for a fourth win in the Betfair Chase on November 25.

"Cue Card is excited to be here - that's Cue Card for you. He came out of Wetherby absolutely fine," said the trainer.

"I can't think of anything we can do better than let Harry (Cobden) ride him round here and have a feel of him. We don't want him to get to Haydock half-thinking he didn't really know the horse. He knows him now anyway.

"Cue Card is still at the peak of his powers, I've got no doubt about that. He's done more for our yard than probably any horse ever will and we'll look after him. The day we think he's on the wane, we'll stop."

Thistlecrack, who missed the second half of last season with injury, is gearing up for a return to action in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury on December 1.

Dual Grade One-winning chaser Fox Norton makes his seasonal reappearance in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham on Sunday week.

Tizzard added: "Thistlecrack is going to go there (Newbury) and then on to the King George. For him it was the ideal situation to come here today.

"He's a big, strong horse and two miles round there today should tighten him up lovely - mentally and physically.

"Fox Norton will be in the Shloer Chase next Sunday. When he left the ring he was prancing around, but that's him.

"I think he'll have to have the hood back on, but he's an electric two-miler who was swinging on (the bridle) all the way round."

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