Richard Johnson feels that Colin Tizzard might now have the firepower to make a serious assault on the Champion Trainer title this season, the Champion Jockey told Betway, in his latest column.

His comments came after another informative weekend, when Tizzard saddled  another smart prospect in Finian’s Oscar to win the Grade 1 Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle at Sandown Park.

“It’s been a busy few days, but it was lovely to pick the family up from Birmingham airport on Sunday night all in one piece after their skiing trip.

 “Looking back at the weekend’s action and I have got to start with Finian’s Oscar who looked a really good horse in the Tolworth.

“The Tizzard team have so many options with him now as he has the speed for two miles and has won a point-to-point over three.

“They could run him in any of the three novice hurdles at the Festival, but have plenty of time to decide where they go.

“Finian’s Oscar is just the latest star to emerge from a stable already jam-packed full of Grade One horses.

“The reality is that if he can keep them all fit and well, Colin Tizzard has the firepower to be crowned champion trainer.

“His string have been in great form since the first week of the season and if they remain in such rude health he will be hard to stop,” Johnson said.

It was also a good day for the Champion Jockey, as he rode the gallant Garde La Victoire to a chase victory in Esher, after a spell over hurdles.

I was delighted with Garde La Victoire at Sandown on Saturday, as he has been solid all season and deserved that win.

“It was a really good performance to carry top weight on ground that certainly wouldn’t be ideal and he looks to be getting his act together.

“He really seems to be improving now and it may well be that he has another run in a handicap somewhere before stepping back into graded company.”

Johnson, like the Sandown Park crowd, very much appreciated a fabulous veterans’ chase, jam-packed with familiar names:

“I mentioned last week what a good initiative I thought these veteran races are and Saturday’s Sandown race lived up to the billing.

“It was the most competitive race on the card and was full of well-known horses who still love the game.

“Pete The Feat was the joint-oldest in the field but managed to win despite carrying his bus pass!”

With winter threatening to sow its claws this week, racing will be on weather watch, but Johnson is looking forward to riding a talented mare before any snow arrives.

“I’m looking forward to riding The Nipper (1.30pm) at Lingfield on Tuesday for Warren Greatrex.

“She fell on her hurdling debut at Wetherby on Boxing Day, but felt well when I schooled her at the weekend so hopefully she can get back on track at Lingfield.”

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