Saturday 20 January 2018

Cue Card likely to give Cheltenham a miss next month

LEADING Paddy Power Gold Cup fancy Cue Card is highly unlikely to line up in next month's prestigious Cheltenham event.

Last season's Arkle runner-up is third in the betting at 8-1 with the race sponsors, but trainer Colin Tizzard is not keen on letting his stable star make his seasonal reappearance in such a fiercely competitive handicap.

The six-year-old is likely to return somewhere next week, with Tizzard weighing up three options.

The trainer said: "He'll start off somewhere in the first week of November, but we're not sure where at the moment.

"We're just concentrating on getting him really fit and we'll make a decision about which way we're going by the end of the week.

"The three options are the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter, a graduation chase at Kempton or the Charlie Hall at Wetherby.

"I don't think it makes much difference which horses are running in which races. Sprinter Sacre won't be running in any of them and I don't think there is anything we're going to run away from.

"I don't fancy the Paddy Power at all. It's a 20-runner handicap and he might have top-weight. I'm not sure that would be the best thing to do for the horse with the next five years in mind."

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