Sunday, 19 November 2017

November Meeting: 'Class act' Fox Norton hoping to recreate impressive Shloer Chase success

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Joe Tizzard claims Fox Norton is in 'great form' as he bids to defend his Shloer Chase (2:25) prize at Cheltenham this afternoon.

The seven-year-old blew a quality field away to win this by nine lengths last season, before registering two second place efforts to Alitor and then Special Tiara in the Champion Chase.

He stepped up to take the Melling Chase in impressive style, before adding another Grade One success to his CV ahead of Un De Sceaux at Punchestown.

With the absence of superstar chaser Altior, the Tizzard's are hoping on taking one step closer to Tingle Creek glory with a victory here.

"He had a little canter around Wincanton last weekend," said Joe Tizzard, son and assistant to Colin.

"He did great there and we're really happy with him coming into the race.

"He's a class act, and he's in great form. He won the race last year and it looks a perfect prep for the Tingle Creek.

"He looks to have a really good chance of winning it again."

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Special Tiara was victorious in the Champion Chase, in the same race Douvan was found lame

Special Tiara beat Fox Norton when the pair met at the Festival back in March, before finishing second to Altior in the Celebration Chase at Sandown.

Malcom Jefferson's Cloudy Dream made a hugely encouraging return at Aintree last month and steps down in trip following his Old Roan second.

Simply Ned picked up the runner-up's prize money in this last year for Nicky Richards, and made a decent return at Kelso last time out.

Tom George's Sir Valentino and David Pipe's Vaniteux complete the six runner line-up at Prestbury Park.

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