Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tizzard's So Happy with Oscar Win

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tizzard's So Happy with Oscar Win

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COLIN Tizzard's big-race run continued at Sandown as Finian's Oscar put his rivals to the sword in the Grade One 32Red Tolworth Novices' Hurdle.

Hot on the heels of Thistlecrack's King George win, Cue Card's Betfair Chase success and the victories of Native River in the Hennessy and Welsh National, Tizzard now appears to have a contender for top novice honours.

The 11-10 favourite cruised to the front and survived a slow leap at the last to win by five lengths from Capitaine under Tom O'Brien, who was riding just his second Grade One winner.

Tizzard said: "He's a beautiful young horse but we didn't know he was going to do that.

"He's only won a point to point and a novice hurdle at Hereford but the way he did it at Hereford, why waste him in a little race when you can have a go at this? "He justified it (the decision to run) and handled the ground well. He looked in control most of the way and he soon went five lengths clear.

"He stuttered into the last and I thought 'is he going to stop' but as soon as Tom got busy he went on again.

"I would have been disappointed if he didn't win at Hereford but coming here today was different as it was a proper race back over two miles.

"He probably will run again and then go for one of the races at Cheltenham.

"He could go any trip, the easiest option is to go two and a half, but he has the speed for two and he stays."

The final of the 32Red Veterans' Handicap Chase series boasted a very healthy first prize of PS61,900 and it went to the joint-oldest horse in the race, 13-year-old Pete The Feat.

Charlie Longsdon's popular chaser normally front runs but he left those duties to stablemate Loose Chips, who stayed on for third.

Pre-race favourite was David Pipe's Dynaste but he put up another lacklustre show in seventh and will now enjoy his retirement. …

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