Tizzard excited by import Alary

Colin Tizzard is looking forward to giving Alary his first taste of British action next month.

Fox Norton is well on the road to recovery

The Dorset trainer rates the six-year-old, formerly trained in France by Francois-Marie Cottin, very highly and intends to start him off in a race such as the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham.

"He is just getting used to working on our hill and he will be out in January," said Tizzard of the Alan and Ann Potts purchase, who was twice Grade One-placed at Auteuil.

"He works beautifully and is a proper horse, but he could not get up our hill to start with. He worked yesterday with Thistlecrack and there was not much in it at all.

"He will either go to the Cotswold Chase or the Denman, that is the type of horse he is.

"He has been bought for the Gold Cup. He was third in their (French) Gold Cup and second in their King George equivalent."

Tizzard hopes to run Pingshou back at Cheltenham on January 1 in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle following his victory there last week.

However, the six-year-old, one of the horses sent over from Ireland by the Potts having been unraced for Henry de Bromhead, has not been without his problems.

"He came to us with a health warning. Physically, originally he was OK then he went the other way," said Tizzard.

"He was a bleeder and had been turned out in a field. We put him in our stable and carried on like we do with each of them.

"He is a lovely horse and he will possibly run in the Neptune trial at Cheltenham on New Year's Day. It looks like he will stay that distance fine and that was a good race he won at Cheltenham."

Theatre Guide, who also won at Cheltenham's December meeting, could now head for the Coral Welsh Grand National, although owner Jean Bishop has not given her blessing.

"Jean Bishop is not that keen on going to the Welsh National. I am, as it would be perfect for him, in that if the ground stayed good, but there are lots of reasons why you wouldn't," said Tizzard.

Tizzard can call on Hennessy Gold Cup hero Native River for Chepstow, although his participation is ground dependent.

"As long as it doesn't rain there is every possibility he will run, but if it comes out a slog he wouldn't go.

"If he runs in it would probably be his last handicap for a while. There is also the Denman and Costwold Chase, but there are not many other races for him."

Tizzard could also be represented in Wales by the Potts-owned Viconte Du Noyer, who finished down the field in the Becher Chase over the National fences at Aintree.

He said: "He did not take to the fences at Aintree the other day. He was very fresh the next day.

"We schooled him yesterday and he still remembered them a little bit over the first four fences, but then he jumped the next four a lot better. He will go for the Welsh National."

Fox Norton is reported to be well on the road to recovery after being injured when winning the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham in November.

"We are back riding him. It's all right. We will give him 10 days hacking round, then have him back in," said Tizzard.

"He jumped through the back leg into the front and took the skin off his tendon. We will give him every chance as we don't want to rush him back.

"He had a month doing not very much and he will be a nice, fresh horse in the spring. He will start cantering next week."

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