In 1998 a dairy farmer named Colin Tizzard took out a licence to train racehorses having previously trained point to point horses. Colin started out with ten horses in his yard back in the early days. Since those times Colin has built up a much larger yard with a high volume of winners. However it has been in about the last five to six years that Colin has started to make a noticeable mark in the sport.
Colin has won 22 grade 1 races of which 20 of those have come in the last five years which includes 9 grade 1’s last season. Out of the 20 the much loved Cue Card has 9 Of these grade 1 races on his winning records. Cue Card gave Colin his first Cheltenham Festival winner in 2010 winning the Champion Bumper at odds of 40/1. Cue Card developed into a smart hurdler afterwards but given his size and scope it seemed as if he was born to jump fences. So it proved with 8 of Cue Card’s 9 grade 1’s coming over the larger obstacles.
In many ways Cue Card paved the way for Colin but also showed that given the tools to work with he could get the job done properly. Thistlecrack and Native River add fuel to that statement. Thistlecrack has the potential to surpass Cue Card’s feats given the way he, as a novice, brushed aside his older stablemate in the King George at Kempton.
Colin Tizzard enjoyed his best season to date in 2016/2017 passing the £2,000,000 total prize money mark and had 60 winners in UK and Ireland… his best ever total.
Ann and Alan Potts who own quality racehorses saw the potential of giving Colin Tizzard horses and Colin struck gold almost immediately with their Fox Norton winning at Aintree and Punchestown both grade 1’s. Finian’s Oscar looks another bright prospect for the yard. This Tizzard/Potts team look set for a big season.
Venn Farm has had 20 new boxes built in a new barn and Colin now has around 80 horses with the yard beginning to ‘rock and roll’ after having 10 winners, as I write, to date in October. This Tizzard team is indeed one to follow this coming season and looks certain to have its best ever season.
High Roller has been performing well this week and winners include…
DIAGNOSTIC – 10/11 WON
GOLDRUSH – 100/30 WON
SOME REIGN – EVENS WON
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