Saturday 29 April 2017

'It's a horse race, no one is going to die' - Colin Tizzard on his Gold Cup duo Native River and Cue Card

Cormac Byrne in Cheltenham

Colin Tizzard is keeping things in perspective as he prepares to saddle two of the big favourites in tomorrow's Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Cue Card and Native River are both vying for favouritism with Willie Mullins' Djakadam.

Tizzard was nervous at the beginning of the week but is now just hopeful that his duo run to their potential and come home safe.

"It's only a horse race, let's put it in perspective, hopefully no one is going to die," he said.

"I'm very lucky to have these horses, we just have to enjoy it and do our best by them

"As long as they both run their races, I'll be happy."

Cue Card fell dramatically three out in last year's renewal when he looked poised to make a decisive challenge and despite being 11 years of age now, Tizzard is adamant that his star is 'not wilting'.

Native River, who Richard Johnson claims has 'got all the gears', has been one of the stories of the season and already has victories in the Hennessy Gold Cup, Welsh National and Denman Chase this name.

Tizzard cannot separate his two stable stars.

"We wouldn't dare gallop them together, that's for sure. I wouldn't be able to split them and that's not standing in the fence," he added.

"I wouldn't mind if either of them jumped the last four lengths clear."

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