Cue Card’s Racing Days Are Limited


By Lois,

Popular veteran chaser, Cue Card, has been given three target races for this season and will be retired after the last of those. Jean Bishop and Colin Tizzard came together and mapped out the near future of their star 11 year old. They agreed he will have three more runs until retirement from racing. The first of those races coming in February at Ascot for the Ascot Chase, of which the superstar chaser has already won twice in the past. The second race will come at the Cheltenham Festival in either the Ryanair or the Gold Cup. Cue Card’s Gold Cup efforts have been valiant but very unlucky on both occasions when coming down at the 3rd last fence in 2016 and then falling in the exact same place 12 months later. It’s currently very ‘up in the air’ about which race he will head to in March. The final race we are likely to see one of the Nation’s favourite steeplechasers in is the Betway Bowl Chase in which he was 2nd in last season and had won the year before that.

Colin Tizzard told At The Races that he wants the horse “to have three runs in the spring, then retire him” so that he can “have him as my/(his) hunter.” Cue Card has always been an exuberant jumper so becoming a hunter after his racing career seems perfectly fitting. Tizzard also explained that he would skip the King George this year with Cue Card due to the red-hot competition. He also said that the horse had a very hard race at Haydock when finishing a remote 2nd to the runaway winner of the Betfair Chase, Bristol De Mai who is currently 10/3 with Ladbrokes to win the Christmas time racing spectacle.

CUE CARD BUMPER*Cue Card winning the 2010 Champion Bumper (not our photo)*

In his career thus far, Cue Card has enjoyed many successes and carries a record of 16 wins in 39 races, placing in 28 of them all together. We first saw a glimpse of his talented nature when he skipped 8 lengths clear of the eventual 2nd Al Ferof in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in 2010. After this, he began to rise through the ranks as a novice hurdler and then eventually, he moved to chasing where he experienced a few blips but nevertheless, managed to win the 2012 Haldon Gold Cup Chase at Exeter. The year after, Cue Card went on to win the Betfair chase for the first of three times and the Ascot Chase (winning it again in 2017), beating Captain Chris by 6 lengths in 2013 and beating Shantou Flyer by 15 lengths in 2017. Another huge success for Cue Card came in the Ryanair Chase 2013 at the festival where he beat First Lieutenant by 9 lengths impressively.

Arguably, Cue Card’s greatest victory came in the spine-tingling 2015 King George VI Chase, when he and the ill-fated Vautour battled right to the line and Cue Card came out a short head in front. The pair drew 13 lengths clear of Al Ferof who had a further 3 ½ lengths on Smad Place with the last finisher being Irish Cavalier, 23 lengths behind Smad. It was a sensational race with a pulsating finish and it’ll go down in my books as one of the best races to watch. In the same season, Cue Card won the Betfred Bowl Chase at the Grand National meeting in April 2016.

Cue Card vs Vautour.jpg*Cue Card and Vautour battle in the King George VI Chase 2015 (not our photo)*

He really has been a super horse to watch and we will have to savour the last three runs he has left before he leaves the racing picture. There sure will a big gap left when Cue Card exits the scene but he has many younger horses waiting to take his spot, for example Native River, Sizing John, Thistlecrack, Bristol De Mai and Might Bite.

Everyone at Rein It In Racing wishes Cue Card and his connections the best luck this season and in all his future ventures!

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