Joe Tizzard To Take Over From Father In October


Ex rider and current assistant trainer Joe Tizzard is set to take over the training licence from his father Colin Tizzard in October with the switch being announced in March 20/21 season.

The Dorset handler has had an illustrious career landing the majority of the big races across the UK like the King George, Betfair Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Throughout his career the trainer has trained some of the greatest jumps horses we have ever seen in the sport, with animals like Cue Card, Thistlecrack and Native River being horses of a lifetime.

Tizzard now believes this year is the right time to step down and pass the reigns over to his son, who has been working alongside his father for sometime now.

The handover had been expected to be completed once Joe finished his training modules by the autumn and he confirmed the switch is on course for October, with just the crossing of the T's and dotting of I's left to be done.

(Credit Racing Post) Joe Tizzard said: "I've got another course to do in October, so it won't be until then when it all goes through, but everything is on course to change hands then.

"It will be just a change in name at the top of the paper to be honest.

"It's a perfect scenario because it's an exciting time for me and also takes the pressure off Dad a little bit. However, not much is going to change because we're all a team and have always worked like that.

"He's still up there every morning by my shoulder, so it's a lovely position to be in."

The yard last season had a testing time of things not producing the same amount of winners they have over the last few years, but that has not deterred from the excitement Joe Tizzard has for the start of the National Hunt season, with him having a strong team.

This term the new trainer will have his team lead by the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Native River, who is reappearing for another year over fences.

He added: "All the big guns are back in and doing plenty of work, but across the board every horse looks fantastic in their skin and getting fitter. We couldn't be happier. It's a really exciting time as we had a quiet season last time by our standards, so we're looking forward to getting back on track.

"Native River looks magnificent. He's become more ground dependent as he's got older and if it's soft enough he'll start at Haydock [in the Betfair Chase], but if not we'll wait until it comes right.

"When he won the Cotswold Chase at Sandown he was the highest-rated chaser in Britain and he still shows every bit of enthusiasm at home that he's ever shown."