Raceday LIVE – Conservative

Bath, Fri 19 Apr 2024 16:10

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Conservative makes his stable debut for Joe Tizzard in the Class 6 Apprentice Handicap over a mile and three and a half furlongs (16:10) at Bath this afternoon.

Read our Raceday LIVE Preview below and join us ahead of the race for all the build-up and live updates from the track with the team and Conservative's lucky owners for the day across our social channels on (@coral) and Instagram (@coralofficial).

Raceday LIVE Preview

Conservative makes his first start for his third stable today, having previously been trained by Freddie & Martyn Meade and then Scott Dixon, before arriving at Joe Tizzard's yard a few weeks ago. The decision was made to move Conservative to give him a change of scenery and routine to try rejuvenate him after his form had taken a dip.

Since moving, Joe's been impressed with his level of fitness and the work that he's put in on the gallops at home, and he's also given him wind surgery to ensure that he's operating at the top of his ability.


Conservative seemed to struggle for pace over the mile trip on his last two starts, so to see him stepping up in trip and have his first attempt over a mile and three and a half furlongs should be seen as a positive.

He showed some solid form over similar distances last summer, including a third place finish in a 0-80 Class 4 Handicap at Doncaster over 1m2f in June.

Pre-Race Update from Joe Tizzard

"I really couldn't be happier with Conservative, he's been catching my eye for a few weeks now, his work has been excellent, and most of all, he looks like a really happy horse.

The reason the decision was made to switch him to me was because the club thought a change of scenery might freshen him up, horses do get bored by the same things, and moving from the track at Southwell to here was a complete change for him.

We've also taken him on a couple of away days to Larkhill point-to-point course, which again he really seemed to enjoy. Now though does come the moment of truth if you like, as he needs to perform on the track. I think he needs this near mile and a half trip, but I will learn a lot more about him with this run, and we might choose to go hurdling with him for example. 

It's an apprentice jockeys' race, and Joe Bradnam is a young lad who has ridden for me before. He came highly recommended by [flat trainer] Michael Bell, and I do think he's a young rider we'll hear a lot of. 

As I say, I'll learn plenty about the horse with this run, but if he shows the enthusiasm on the track that he's been showing at home, I do think he's a well-handicapped horse, so am really looking forward to seeing him race." 

Owners for the Day and Prize Money

As winners of the Owner for the Day competition, 10 lucky Coral Racing Club members have been given the chance to enjoy an exclusive prize package for Conservative's run at Bath this afternoon.

Each winner, along with a guest of their choosing, will receive free entry to Bath Racecourse, including exclusive access to Owners & Trainers areas. They'll have the opportunity to meet Conservative and the Joe Tizzard team, and even enter the parade ring before the race begins to be amongst all the other owners, trainers and jockeys. And last but by no means least, each winner will get to take home an equal 10% split of any prize money won by Conservative.

Today's Class 5 contest is worth £5,700 in total, with the winner set to scoop £2,983.38 for their lucky owners.

2nd place: £1,399.92 | 3rd place: £699.39 | 4th place: £349.98 | 5th place: £174.42

Trainer and jockey form

Joe Tizzard is better known for his exploits over the jumps as opposed to the flat, but he does have a dual-purpose license and has been known to run some of his horses on the flat. This year so far, the Devon-based trainer has sent out two runners on the flat, winning on one of those occasions with Tamaris in January.

Young apprentice, Joe Bradnam, takes the reins today and makes his Coral Racing Club debut. Out of his six rides since January, he's ridden one winner and it was onboard the aforementioned Tamaris for Joe Tizzard. Today will mark the first time that the young apprentice will ride at Bath, having never ventured to north-east Somerset before.

Timeform Comment

Significantly back up in trip. First run for yard after leaving Scott Dixon. Tongue strap on first time and lurks on a dangerous mark if he can revive. 

Today's opposition

  • Molly Mischief was unplaced in her first three starts for trainer Jessica Macey. Since then, she's moved to Jennie Candlish's yard, finishing second, third and then winning at Southwell a week ago. Adam Farragher is in the saddle today for the first time. 
  • Bobby Kennedy has only won once in his nineteen race career, but it did come over course and distance off a mark only three pounds higher than he carries today. George Bass takes the reins on him for the seventh time this afternoon.
  • Asense landed a hat-trick of wins last year between August and October, including two victories at Bath, of which one was over track and trip. Dual-purpose trainer Gary Moore sends her to Bath this afternoon looking for her third win here with Anna Gibson claiming seven pounds in the saddle.


We hope you enjoyed reading today's Raceday LIVE Preview. Don't forget to tune in just before 16:10 to watch Conservative's next run for the club.
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