Tizzard pair fighting fit for Aintree showpiece


Joe Tizzard has confirmed that both Lostintranslation and Fiddlerontheroof (14/1 2022 Randox Grand National Winner) will be heading to Aintree next Saturday, with connections expecting neither to struggle with the marathon trip.

The stable are yet to win the world’s most famous steeplechase but a 2022 victory would be something special as dad Colin prepares to hand over his licence to son Joe at the end of the season.

Both Lostintranslation and Fiddlerontheroof have spent part of this week schooling over the National fences at David Pipe’s yard and despite their differing recent histories, confidence at Venn Farm seems high.

Lostintranslation (66/1 2022 Randox Grand National Winner) started his campaign with victory in November’s Ascot Chase but has struggled in his last three runs, finishing a distant fifth in the King George on Boxing Day, before being pulled up back at Ascot in February and coming home eighth in the Ultima at Cheltenham.

Those results have prompted calls for him to be retired, suggestions Tizzard junior has described as “absolute nonsense”.

Meanwhile, Fiddlerontheroof also enjoyed a winning return at Carlisle in October before finishing second in November’s Ladbrokes Chase at Newbury.

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Connections opted to swerve the Festival following his second in the Swinley Chase, with the National the priority since his strong run on his penultimate outing.

The eight-year-old was given time off to help maintain his favourable mark of 155 before that decent second to another Aintree contender, Henry Daly’s Fortescue (33/1 2022 Randox Grand National Winner), in the Swinley.

The Tizzards’ best-ever finish over the gargantuan four-and-a-half mile trip was with Joe Lively, who came home 10th in 2010.

Joe is clearly feeling good about their chances this year, with both of his stable’s entries shaping nicely for next Saturday.

“He (Lostintranslation) 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,” Tizzard said. “Hopefully we won’t get too much rain and a bit a good or good to soft would be perfect for him.”

On Fiddlerontheroof, he added: “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.”

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