It was 2010 when Cue Card first burst onto the scene when as a 40/1 shot he bolted up to win the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in stunning style. That performance showed the class of this horse and he has been mixing it at the very highest level ever since for the Tizzard yard. Last season we saw Cue Card chase the much heralded Sprinter Sacre home in the Arkle and he has returned this winter with a bang. He gave a scintillating front running performance at Exeter to win the Haldon Gold Cup ahead of some classy horses in the form of Edgardo Sol and Menorah to mark his continued improvement. Those horses were beaten out of sight by Cue Card and connections are now planning a step up in trip for this Jean Bishop owned six-year-old. The King George at Kempton on Boxing Day is the next aim for Cue Card and a good run there is likely to leave his options for the Cheltenham Festival wide open. The Kempton race will be over three miles of course but it is a well known easy track and a good showing their from cue Card should set him up for a big run at the Festival.
At this stage the likely Cheltenham aim for Cue Card is the Ryanair Chase over two and half miles and if he does arrive there fit and well he has to be a major contender. He was slashed in the Ryanair betting following his excellent success at Exeter with connections sure that two and a half miles at Cheltenham will suit him down to the ground. Cue Card loves to bowl along in front during his races and that is exactly what he did at Exeter to mark himself out as one of the classiest chasers currently in training in the UK. The Tizzard connections had a great day at Exteter with the same combination also scoring with the highly exciting Theatre Guide who won the Novice Chase in some style ahead of the well backed Hinterland. He too looks like a cracking type to follow this season and it would be no surprise see him aimed towards the Arkle Chase at Cheltenham in March.