Cue Card’s trainer, Colin Tizzard, gave the strongest indication yet that the former Cheltenham festival winner will be run in the Gold Cup, rather than trying to defend his Ryanair Chase title.
Having previously been coy on what race he’ll target for his stable star, Tizzard finally took steps to revealing his plan for the eight-year-old.
The trainer told the Racing Post: “The ultimate aim for anyone owning a jumper has to be to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup and, all things being equal, it’s 85 per cent likely that’s the way we’ll go as things stand.”
Cue Card is currently an 8/1 shot in the ante post betting for the Gold Cup with Ladbrokes, a price that sees him sit as third favourite for the festival showpiece.
However, the fact that Cue Card has beaten both of those opponents, albeit at different courses and shorter distances, renders an each way bet on the Joe Tizzard ridden nag a decent punt should he make the step up in trip for the Gold Cup.
Already a festival winner, Cue Card is as short as 2/1 to defend the title he won by nine lengths over First Lietenant in the Ryanair Chase last year and, after his trainers show of loose commitment, represents better value as an each way flutter at the longer odds.
Despite never running at the Gold Cup’s distance of 3m2f, Cue Card stayed on at his closest run to that in last year’s Betfair Chase at Haydock, a race of 3m1f, beating Silviniaco Conti and Bobs Worth in the process.
Now, Tizzard will be hoping that his pride and joy can stay on that extra furlong longer to claim one of jump racing’s most treasured prizes.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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