Joe Tizzard says it’s business as usual as he prepares to officially take over his father Colin’s license at the family base of Venn Farm in the coming days.
Colin Tizzard’s long and distinguished career in the coaching ranks came to an end at Chepstow on Friday when Reserve Tank finished third, with his son Joe’s name over the door for the new campaign, which kicks off next Saturday .
Young Tizzard has been an integral part of the Venn Farm story for some time and while he’s keen to point out that it’s really about ‘Team Tizzard’ at their base in Milborne Port, he thinks he takes the succession as a figurehead of the company. at the right time.
He also believes nothing major will change in their well-rehearsed operation, with him simply taking control of a 100+ horsepower line and an established setup, rather than building from the ground up.
“It’s really exciting for me to have this come into my name, it’s happened at the right time for me, but also nothing is going to change here at home because I’ve been involved all along,” Tizzard said. .
“I’ve done a lot in the last 18 months anyway. So it’s good that it goes into my name, but it won’t change the business at home.
“It’s nice that I’m not alone from scratch, we have an established team and there are over 100 horses to train and a good group, but it’s something we’ve built as a family. over the years and I’m lucky my name is above the door.”
“I’ve dealt with a lot of owners and media for years so they won’t notice anything really changing so it won’t be a huge shock to my system and it won’t change the way we operate either. “
Tizzard Snr was first fully licensed in 1998 and since then have sent over 800 winners, landing 32 freshman races and some of the biggest contests in the sport.
Two of his best horses, Cue Card and Thistlecrack, helped the 66-year-old win the King George VI Chase and although the two never made their mark in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the handler eventually put hand over the blue Festival ribbon. in 2018, when Native River defeated Might Bite at the hands of Richard Johnson.
Clearly proud of his father’s accomplishments in the training ranks, Joe is full of praise for how the Venn Farm operation grew from a small chain of just 10 horses when taking out the license. to a courtyard that now houses more than 100.
He can also rely on many words of wisdom from the oldest member of the family, whom he is sure will not be far away to give his opinion on the morning gallops.
“Dad isn’t going anywhere, he’ll be galloping every morning and I wouldn’t want that to change,” Tizzard explained.
“You don’t have to ask dad for advice, you get it – you don’t have much choice in the matter! But he’s not going anywhere, it just frees him up to have a little more freedom and not not having to answer their phone every day.
“Dad was the driving force behind the business and Kim (Gingell, Tizzard’s sister who died in 2020) was a big part of it as well.
“We started with a three-pointer team when I was 16 about 26 years ago and we’ve grown it into a company that can compete in all the top races, so dad is immensely proud of what he’s created. and I think he’s proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish as a family and we’ll keep trying to do the same.”