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Lostintranslation and Fiddlerontheroof to represent Colin Tizzard at 2022 Grand National
Colin Tizzard and his team will be sending both Fiddlerontheroof and Lostintranslation to the Randox Grand National on Saturday, 9th April 2022.
Colin Tizzard’s Gold Cup winning yard have yet to win the Grand National but they will be aiming two quality runners into the famous steeplechase in 2022, both Lostintranslation and Fiddlerontheroof having warmed up with a schooling session over the testing National obstacles at David Pipe’s yard earlier this week.
Both runners head to Aintree with contrasting profiles, former Gold Cup third-placed Lostintranslation looking to bounce back from some hugely disappointing recent efforts and unexposed eight-year-old Fiddlerontheroof aiming to build on what has been an excellent season.
Harry Cobden will be aboard Lostintranslation which started the season with a win in the 1965 Chase at Ascot (Grade Two). Subsequently finishing down the field in the Ultima Chase and the King George, the runner was pulled up at Ascot a few weeks ago.
Some have suggested that the horse should call it a day, however assistant trainer Joe Tizzard had this to say:
“It’s absolute nonsense. We struggled with him last year but he bounced back at Ascot in the Autumn.
“In the King George, plenty of horse didn’t enjoy the race and then we probably shouldn’t have run him in the Ascot Chase.
“In the Ultima, he got into a little pocket and didn’t have a very clear run at all. He came back with a few nicks and scrapes as well as a fat knee from hitting the last with a circuit to go, but he still galloped through the line.”
Tizzard said that he has been in excellent form throughout his pre-Grand National workout and he is optimistic that his ‘stable favourite’ will put in an improved display on April 9th.
“As he’s got older he’s got more ground dependant and if you saw him on Wednesday morning down at Pipe’s, he was cantering on the spot afterwards and had his ear pricked,” he said. “Fiddler had a job to keep up with him! He was locking on and just attacking them.
“Anybody that thinks he should be retired are way off the mark.
“He can be a really extravagant jumper and if he just got into that rhythm and managed to find a bit of space, I think he could really enjoy himself.
“Hopefully we won’t get too much rain and a bit a good or good to soft would be perfect for him.
“He looks a million dollars and I think he’ll bounce back.”
Fiddlerontheroof will be partnered by Brendan Powell for the gruelling contest, a race which he has been targeted at since returning from his runner-up position in the Ladbrokes Trophy back in November. In order to preserve his 155 handicap mark he was put away, however an impressive prep run saw him come in second in the Listed Swinley Chase in February.
Tizzard said: “It’s a decision we made off the back of the Ladbrokes Trophy. We just felt he had one shot at this from 155.
“The trip I think will be fine. He always runs slightly behind the bridle so he won’t waste any energy and do too much.
“If he gets a bit of luck and gets into a nice rhythm then he’s the sort of horse that will just take you there so I think he’ll be bang there two out.
“Normally you look for a horse with a bit more experience but we’re 155-rated and any minute he’ll be in Graded races so we think there’s a bit more to come.”