Tizzards on Cue for King George after Exeter brace
RUBY Walsh rode a double for Paul Nicholls at Exeter, but it was the father and son team of Colin and Joe Tizzard who wore the broadest smiles.
The Tizzards' excellent start to the season continued as stable star Cue Card bolted up in the featured Haldon Gold Cup. The six-year-old, runner-up to Sprinter Sacre in last season's Arkle, jumped superbly from the front and stretched clear to score by 26 lengths from Walsh's mount Edgardo Sol.
"That was fantastic -- he was faultless," enthused Tizzard Snr. "He used to tank but he was a lot less fizzy than he normally is on his first run.
"We'll aim for the King George because Kempton would be the ideal course for him over three miles. He'll have a run before then, perhaps the Peterborough Chase."
Former smart hurdler Menorah jumped sluggishly in the early stages and another bad error at the last saw him lose the runner-up spot.
The winner is owned by Jean Bishop, whose colours were also carried to victory when the Tizzards completed a double courtesy of Theatre Guide's surprise success in the novice chase.
Theatre Guide had a dozen lengths to find with hot favourite Hinterland and Peckhamecho rounding the home turn but was level two fences out and clear at the last before scoring by 11 lengths. "I would think he'll be going to Cheltenham next," said Tizzard Snr.
Earlier, Nicholls and Walsh had made the perfect start to the day as Atlantic Roller sluiced up in the opening novice hurdle, before Landscape completed a quickfire brace in impressive fashion.