If whispers on the gallops were to be believed, there was a serious chance that Colin Tizzard may have aimed his stable star at the Champion Hurdle.
But it seems common sense has prevailed and Cue Card will rightly line-up as the short-priced 9/4 favourite in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle betting for the opening race of the 2011 Cheltenham Festival.
The five-year-old novice hurdler proved he can mix it with National Hunt’s best hurdlers when finishing second to 4/1 Champion Hurdle second favourite Menorah at Cheltenham in December.
But trainer Colin Tizzard has decided to keep his star in novice company at this year’s Cheltenham festival – although in the highly unlikely event that the three market leaders in the Champion Hurdle betting pull out, Cue Card will line-up in Tuesday’s feature race.
Since his emphatic eight-length win in the bumper at last year’s Cheltenham Festival, Cue Card has won both of his novice starts over hurdles, and impressed behind Menorah in the StanJames.com International hurdle.
With two of his wins coming at Cheltenham, Cue Card looks the pick of the opening days races at the Cheltenham Festival, and many punters will be hoping the five-year-old can get them off to a great start.
Al Ferof, who finished second behind Cue Card in the bumper last year, is a 16/1 shot to win the Supreme Novices with the Nicky Henderson-trained Spirit Son the closest horse to Cue Card in the betting with Supreme Novices odds of 6/1.
Zaidpour’s Cheltenham odds took a knock when losing at Leopardstown last weekend despite being the evens favourite, and the Irish hope is now 12/1 to win the Supreme Novices.
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