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Tizzard reveals Fox Norton plan

13th January 2018, 15:01 by Craig Smithson

Fox Norton will be entered in the the Queen Mother Champion Chase and Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham despite a poor King George VI run.

The gelding enjoyed a good season in 2017 with a second-placed finish in the Queen Mother before victories at Grade One events at Aintree and Punchestown.

But Fox Norton's first outing at three miles at Kempton on Boxing Day didn't go to plan after he was pulled up.

However, trainer Colin Tizzard's assistant, Joe Tizzard, revealed that it will not alter their plans to take him to Cheltenham in March.

He said: "He just came back a bit stiff. He will have a little bit of treatment on his back and will be back for Cheltenham. He had it during last season and he is having it again this season.

"He will be entered in the Champion Chase and Ryanair. The Champion Chase looks quite enticing as nobody has seen Altior yet and Douvan has gone. He will get a fast-run two miles, which will play into his hands.

"It wasn't his running in the King George, but we were dying to step him up three miles. He never travelled at all. We can put that behind us for the rest of this season, anyway."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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