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Cue Card Set for Jockey Change In Hope of Rekindling Old Form

November 13, 2017 08:41:20 PM
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Connections of multiple-Grade One winner Cue Card have made a jockey change for their horse. Harry Cobden is set to take over the ride on Colin Tizzard’s runner going forward, replacing Paddy Brennan, who has been the regular pilot since 2015.


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Cue Card has fallen two times in his last three starts, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup back in March and the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby earlier this month, where he made his seasonal reappearance. Brennan has been part of the majority of the horse’s success including wins at the Cheltenham Festival, King George VI Chase and Ascot Chase. The change has been made, though, to see if Cobden can rediscover the horse’s best form again.

The 11-year-old went into his seasonal reappearance at Wetherby looking for his second success in the Grade Two contest. Connections of the horse were confident that he was set for a big run as he was fit and in great form at home. Sadly for them, he went through the 15th fence, which resulted in him falling to the ground and departing from Brennan.

Cue Card’s next opportunity will come in the Betfair Chase at Haydock. He has been given a racecourse gallop at Wincanton recently to help with his confidence, while his new jockey Cobden has been schooling the talented chaser in order to try and establish a connection with the Gold Cup contender. He goes into the opening Grade One race in this division in the UK at +500 in the horse racing betting to come out on top. He is likely to take on Sizing John, the winner of the Blue Riband at the Cheltenham Festival in 2017, while Wetherby winner Bristol De Mai is set to line up at the Lancashire track.


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If all goes well at Haydock and Cue Card does get around the track, the horse will remain on course to return on Boxing Day at Kempton for the King George. It's a course he's had a lot of success at in the past; he was the winner of the Christmas feature in 2015, while in 2016 he finished second behind Thistlecrack.

The end goal this season will be the Cheltenham Gold Cup, which could be his last run of his career. The 3m2f contest on the final day of the Festival is one of the few major races Tizzard’s runner has yet to win in this division. He was travelling very strongly in 2016 before he came down three fences from home. Back in April of this year, Cue Card was well beaten when he fell at exactly the same obstacle, therefore, the mistake was not as costly.

Cue Card has been one of the stars of national hunt racing for a number of years now and his supporters will be desperate to see him win another big Grade One contest again, however, he must pass his latest test at Haydock as another tumble may lead to connections retiring the horse, something many pundits believe should have happened at the end of last season.

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