Tizzard prepares Thistlecrack and co for Newbury assault

Thistlecrack: set to return to the track at Newbury on Saturday

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Thistlecrack and co on course for Newbury races
By Graham Dench 7:55PM 20 NOV 2016

WITH the first leg of chasing's Triple Crown secured by Cue Card, Colin Tizzard has his sights on another weekend of riches when he unleashes Gold Cup favourite Thistlecrack and Hennessy Gold Cup favourite Native River at Newbury on Saturday.

While Cue Card was on his way up to Haydock, where a third win in the Betfair Chase emphatically dispelled any lingering worries that his long-time flagbearer might be past his prime, Tizzard was marshalling the stable's new wave of top-class chasing talent in a schooling session that left both trainer and jockeys purring.

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Tizzard revealed: "Tom [Scudamore] schooled Thistlecrack on the grass with Native River on Saturday, which we haven't been able to do before. They went quick upsides, and that's the sort of experience he hasn't had in his two races over fences.

"We came away both saying that Thistlecrack learned more at home in that one session than he had in his two races, because he was upsides, clipping along.

"He was good. He couldn't have been any better, so we were all well pleased. He'll be entered on Monday for the bet365 Novices' Chase at Newbury on Saturday."

Tizzard, whose earnings so far already exceed those of the entire 2014-15 season and place him behind only Paul Nicholls and Philip Hobbs in the trainers' table, was equally pleased with Native River, who is a general 6-1 chance for the Hennessy, and Theatre Guide, who took part in the same schooling session.

Read more about Thistlecrack, Cue Card and Colin Tizzard's Hennessy Gold Cup team in Monday's Racing Post – or download and read on the iPad from 8pm on Sunday

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