Colin Tizzard, whose West Country yard has been one of the success stories of recent seasons with the likes of Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Native River, Cue Card and Thistlecrack, is considering a first return to Cartmel for many years this weekend.
He is being sorely tempted by the prize money on offer for the second leg of this weekend’s meeting on Sunday with entries in both the £40,000 Oakmere Homes Handicap Chase and the £40,000 Champagne Louis Roederer Handicap Hurdle.
Sizing Platinum, a good second in a valuable listed handicap chase at Ayr’s Scottish National meeting last month, is entered for the Oakmere Homes race along with the smart Viconte De Noyer, who was pulled up at the Cheltenham Festival, but has shown his true colours with placed efforts at Uttoxeter and Newton Abbot.
And in the Champagne Louis Roederer Handicap Hurdle, Solatentif is pencilled in to run after decent efforts at Aintree’s Grand National meeting and Ludlow this year. All three horses are owned by Ann and Alan Potts, who are great supporters of the Tizzard team
“I have not had runners at Cartmel for a very long time, though the last time I did was on a Bank Holiday Monday and I sent three horses and had two winners” said the trainer.
Currently at the Sales in Ireland, he will not make a final decision until later in the week, but conceded: “It is very good prize money and that is what is tempting me and when racecourses make such an effort they deserve support.
“We also have entries at Uttoxeter and we shall have to see how the respective races are shaping up before committing ourselves, but if I have one runner at Cartmel on Sunday, I am likely to have three!” he said.
Sunday’s meeting is the second stage of this weekend’s Cartmel fixtures which get underway on Friday with a seven race card followed by a live performance by Boyzone, who are onstage after racing.
The fabulous prize money on offer has led to strong entries for the card on Sunday afternoon with Lambourn legend Nicky Henderson, West Country maestros Philip Hobbs and David Pipe and the phenomenal Dan Skelton all with entries.