There is still a strong possibility that Cue Card will run in the Supreme Novice’s Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after heading a list of 86 entries for the race.
Cue Card is 2/1 in the ante-post Supreme Novice’s Hurdle betting market after a string of impressive performances since landing the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival last year.
The five-year-old comfortably won a novice hurdle at Ascot, before making it two career wins out of two at Cheltenham when blitzing a useful field in a Grade Two showdown in November.
He was then not disgraced on his latest start, which was also at Cheltenham, when chasing home leading Champion Hurdle fancy Menorah.
Trainer Colin Tizzard now has the dilemma of whether to run Cue Card in the Cheltenham Festival curtain raiser against his younger adversaries or allow him to attempt to gain revenge on Menorah in the Champion Hurdle, which is easily the tougher of the two assignments.
Tizzard said: “We’re going to make a decision with Cue Card when we get to the Festival. I’m happy with him and we’re just starting to warm him up again now.
“This week he’s just cantering away and then we’ll start him on some faster stuff.”
However, if Cue Card is to win then it will have to buck some prominent trends of recent years.
Seven of the last ten winners of the Supreme Novice’s Hurdle have been trained in Ireland, while 12 of the last 14 landed a victory in their final start ahead of Cheltenham.
These facts could enhance the prospects of Hidden Universe and Day Of A Lifetime, who are 12/1 and 20/1 in the Cheltenham betting respectively.
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