Local racehorse trainer Colin Tizzard is going for another victory in the 32Red King George VI.
The in-form Dorset based racehorse trainer is keeping his options open this Christmas for the prestigious 2016 King George VI at Kempton, after last year’s victor Cue Card attempts victory again and World Hurdle winner Thistlecrack both have entries in the race.
Cue Card was on track for the £1million bonus for winning the Betfair Chase, King George VI and the Cheltenham Gold Cup and he is again this season after falling at the last hurdle last season.
Tizzard spoke to Buzz after Thistlecrack’s most recent victory and claimed he felt “very good” after the race and was “very excited” to be going to the Gold Cup, but after Cue Card failed to complete the race, Tizzard said:
I wasn’t disappointed, the Gold Cup is a test of the horse, jockey, trainer and owner. All I was thankful of is that the horse fell, but he got up, didn’t injure himself and he raced again.”
Tizzard’s other racehorse, Thistlecrack, is undefeated over fences and looks like the perfect contender for the King George, but Tizzard has suggested that his priority is the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
He said: “This season we are trying to turn him into a gold cup horse, he is a very very good horse.”
He went on to say that Thistlecrack’s next race “is something we haven’t decided yet” so whether he faces his biggest rival Cue Card on Boxing Day is undecided but they’re likely to go head to head in the Gold Cup next march at the Cheltenham Festival.