Thistlecrack, winner of the 2016 King George VI Chase, has yet to taste success in the three races since his biggest career-success over fences, with injuries playing a key factor over the last couple of years.
WATCH: Thistlecrack is an outstanding winner of the 32Red King George VI Chase at Kempton. Tom Scudamore salutes the crowd after the last. pic.twitter.com/zvpsbloqdQ— Racing UK (@racing_uk) December 26, 2016
While the BetVictor Gold Cup and the Ladbrokes Trophy remain potential options, Tizzard believes that a level weights contest, which will mean a clash with Gold Cup winner Native River and possibly Might Bite, may just see Thistlecrack back to his brilliant best.
"He's fit and well, and we will probably go to Haydock," Tizzard revealed.
"We've entered him in some handicaps, but that is to cover all bases in case the ground stops us.
"He doesn't need it heavy - as long as it's softer than good."
Published at 3:05 pm.