Tizzard keen to see real Thistle

Colin Tizzard insists Thistlecrack will need to jump better than he did in the Cotswold Chase if he is to win the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Thistlecrack is expected to get back on song in the jumping department

With all the major trials now out of the way, Tizzard's novice, who has already won the King George VI Chase this season, is still Sky Bet's 7/4 favourite.

He lost his unbeaten record over fences to the ill-fated Many Clouds last time out but the Dorset handler feels he can be sharper in the jumping department come March.

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"Thistlecrack's fine, he had a hard old race at Cheltenham," he told Racing UK.

"I didn't like to say much on the day because of what happened to poor old Many Clouds and we were beaten by a better horse on the day.

"He wasn't as flamboyant as he can be, they're not machines, but we've all visibly seen him jump more fluidly than that.

"Hopefully he'll be right back to that at Cheltenham."

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