Colin Tizzard appears to have assembled a team as strong as he as ever had for the 2020 Cheltenham Festival and has decent claims of adding to his tally of seven winners this time around.
The Dorset trainer returned home empty-handed last year but ruled the roost with Native River in the 2018 Gold Cup and Kilbricken Storm in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.
There is no place for the sidelined Native River this time but Tizzard is hoping the Lostintranslation can proved a more than worthy candidate for that crown and Kilbricken Storm looks to rejuvenate his career in the Pertemps Final.
For Tizzard though the new shining lights appear to be The Big Breakaway who has looked a world beater in this two hurdles and heads for a likely clash with Envoi Allen in the Ballymore and Fiddlerontheroof who has already gained Grade 1 success in the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown and looks to supplement those gains in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
Joe Tizzard, assistant trainer to his father Colin, kindly gave an overview of the stable’s Cheltenham prospects to Tony Elves of attheraces.com at Spurles Farm.