Jockey Brendan Powell refused to quit and won over team Tizzard

The jockey bids to conquer Ascot with Lostintranslation, a runner in the Grade 2 Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase. Tizzard’s 2020 Gold Cup third is on the comeback trail

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Brendan Powell is firing on all cylinders after rekindling his relationship with the Tizzard stable.

The jockey’s return to the fold has seen him hit the jackpot with a treble at Exeter along with a host of winners, compared to just one for the stable in the last four seasons.

Powell had earlier enjoyed success for the Tizzards, notably a first Cheltenham Festival winner with Golden Chieftain in 2013.

But the partnership floundered.

“I lost my claim quickly,” the 26-year-old said.

“And when a couple things go wrong, I probably didn’t really know how to take it.

“When you have had such a good roll at 16 or 17 you think it’s easy but when it stops it’s not.”

Riding racehorses was a natural progression for Powell. His father, also Brendan, conquered the 1988 Grand National with Rhyme ‘N’ Reason.

Jockey Brendan Powell celebrates aboard Eldorado Allen after winning the 2021 Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter Racecourse



In the coming weeks Powell hopes to reinforce that reunion with a book of enviable rides, that kick off today with Lostintranslation at Ascot.

“He did a nice gallop at Newbury on Tuesday,” said Powell. “It’s great the yard is now operating after last year and when the Tizzards lost their daughter Kim.

“Fiddlerontheroof recently won at Carlisle and now goes for the Ladbrokes Trophy the following week..

“Also, there’s a chance will be back on Native River at Aintree next month. I’ve won five on him.

“It now seems to be coming together. Joe asked me in the summer if I would like to ride a lot of the horses.”

The Tizzards never lost faith in Powell, as Joe explains.

“When he was a young man, he rode a Cheltenham Festival winner for us,” he said.

Jockey Brendan Powell pictured at Exeter Racecourse in 2015



“But he was riding a bit short and dad didn’t like how he was riding.

“Other people like Harry Cobden popped up before he got the job with Paul (Nicholls).

“Through last year he rode out and I wanted to give him a winner and it didn’t happen. We never fell out.

“He was man enough to make the effort and ride out for us.

“Then suddenly at the turn of season it clicked. The owners liked what they had seen.

“Robbie (Power) went back to Ireland and sort of jumped ship.

“The owners like a bit of consistency. We’ve got a team of jockeys, Harry, Jonjo O’Neill and Tom Scudamore, but Brendan has not let us down and people are happy. He has the first choice on everything.”

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Powell reflects on the past not with bitterness but is grateful of the support that has enabled him to hang in there.

“I was down to just nine winners one season,” he explains. “David Bridgwater gave me a Cheltenham Festival winner.

“He put me back in the spotlight as did Michael Scudamore.

“Also, my parents. My mother is massive. I ring my father every day after racing.

“He’s very fair with his advice.”

Powell is now clearly relishing the second coming.

“As long as I’m racing, keeping owners, trainers happy and going home believing I’ve done the best of my ability, that is what matters.”

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