The super popular Grade One-winning chaser Cue Card is on track to make his seasonal debut at Wetherby in October, as connections look to follow the same route that served him so well last season.
Victory in the Charlie Hall Chase last autumn ignited a scintillating campaign for Colin Tizzard’s stable stalwart. With the 10-year-old landing a brace of Grade One’s in the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park, and a hard fought success in the King George VI Chase at Kempton before the year was out.
Following a costly fall in the Blue Riband of jump racing the Cheltenham Gold Cup, he bounced back to win at Aintree much to the delight of the adoring crowd. Before a long campaign caught up with him at Punchestown on his final start of the season.
Colin Tizzard reports that “Cue Card is fine and having brought him back early last year, we thought we’d do the same this year, so he came back on the 1st of July.”
“He’s cantering now and will do that for six weeks or so. He’s also getting two or three hours out in the paddock every day. He’s a 10-year-old now, so we want to look after him and if we do that hopefully we can have him in the same form as he was last season.”
If all goes to plan Cue Card will be following the same route into the Cheltenham Gold Cup as last season, and as reported yesterday Don Cossack continues to improve from a tendon injury which could see the pair renew rivalry in the Cheltenham showpiece next March.