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Colin Tizzard confirms Theatre Guide target for 2016 Cheltenham Festival

  • Theatre Guide on course for the 2016 Cheltenham Festival
  • Find out the impressive Kempton winner's target here
Theatre Guide pictured winning at Exeter (credit: Cheltenhampro.com)

Colin Tizzard has confirmed that his recent BetBright Chase winner Theatre Guide will contest the Ultima Handicap Chase at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival despite an 11lb rise in the weights.

Theatre Guide romped home by 10 lengths from Opening Batsman at Kempton Park off a mark of 139 and was subsequently raised to 150, which means he is currently due to carry 10st 13lb in the three miles one furlong handicap on day one of the Cheltenham Festival.

Despite having finished only 11th in the same race behind The Druids Nephew last year, Tizzard expects his nine-year-old to be competitive this time for he has also finished second in the Hennessy Gold Cup and third in the Cotswold Chase this season before his Kempton triumph.

Tizzard said:
“He's been handicapping for three years and had been threatening to do that. He absolutely bolted up and if you had put him up 11lb for Kempton I don't think it would have stopped him. He jumped and travelled so well.  
“It will be a condensed handicap at Cheltenham. There will probably be less than a stone covering them and he's a big strong horse who can carry the weight, so we'll go down the handicap route as he's probably not good enough to supplement for the Graded races. Where else am I going to run him?”

Theatre Guide is owned by Jean Bishop, who has collected the two biggest steeplechases at Kempton Park this season having also landed the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day with Cue Card.

The latter is among the Tizzard team’s two big hopes for the 2016 Cheltenham Festival as he targets a £1million bonus which will be landed if he follows up in the Timico Gold Cup, while Thistlecrack is set to start a warm favourite for the Ryanair World Hurdle the previous day.

Cue Card is seeking a third Cheltenham Festival success having previously landed the 2010 Weatherbys Champion Bumper as well as the Ryanair Chase in 2013.

Tizzard has reported both those horses to be bang on course for their Festival targets and added:
“Thistlecrack did a lovely gallop but we won't give him an away day, he'll go straight there.”


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Colin Tizzard confirms Theatre Guide target for 2016 Cheltenham Festival

Colin Tizzard has confirmed that his recent BetBright Chase winner Theatre Guide will contest the Ultima Handicap Chase at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival despite an 11lb rise in the weights.

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