Saturday 20 January 2018

Tizzard states Punchestown intention

Trainer Colin Tizzard Photo: Getty Images
Trainer Colin Tizzard Photo: Getty Images

Colin Tizzard will be among the British raiders at Punchestown as Third Intention is set to line up in the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle on Saturday week.

The progressive gelding booked his ticket with a comprehensive victory in a novice hurdle at Cheltenham on April 14.

Tizzard said: "The plan is for Third Intention to head over to Punchestown.

"He didn't have a hard race on his latest start at Cheltenham and we feel that he is an improving horse, so this looked the obvious race to go for.

"We would have been disappointed if he had been beaten at Cheltenham but we were very pleased with the way he won.

"He has had some hard tasks throughout the spring and it was nice for him to have an easier race.

"He ran keenly early on in the season but I think it was just a question of exuberance and I don't think that him pulling will be a problem for him again.

"It was just his youthfulness and he is a more complete racehorse now.

"He's a good jumper and he enjoys quick ground."

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