This weekend Haydock hosted a variety of big names who turned out for the challenge as the heat was turned up for the Betfair Chase. Gold cup winner Bobs Worth, last year's winner Silviniaco Conti & highly anticipated Dynaste, were the names on the slips. Many a punter I spoke to Saturday carelessly dismissed Cue Cards ability & chances.
A gruelling three mile plus gauntlet, in which Tizzards Cue Card accepted & stole the show in majestic style.
There were big questions surrounding his ability to stay at 3 miles plus, having had his best form at around two and a half miles. The Tizzard connections are happy to put those claims to rest after Saturdays display. "Obviously he had hard questions to answer trip-wise, but we haven't got to worry about that now" claimed Joe Tizzard after the excitement. Challenge after challenge, Silviniaco & Dynaste were the main competitors at the business end. They lined up to take on the Tizzard team & time & time again, Cue Card held them off. One after the other contesting for Cue Cards position, no one could shake him up. His jumping was near faultless which was a big factor in his success. After three from home Silviniaco Conti looked like he had something to prove.
An impressive turn of foot took him evens with Cue Card & looked serious about taking the spot, but after the second from home, a truly impressive jump for this stage in race gave the advantage to Cue Card again. Dynaste challenged next as he stepped up to take on the leader. No such luck as Cue Card shows no signs of fatigue & went on to win by four & a half lengths. Bobs Worth with quite a disappointing display, never seemed to get a foot in the race winding up sixth.
Next stop for Cue Card is Kempton's King George chase. Can Cue Card repeat the feat? He lines up against the same field again plus the likes of Al Ferof, Flemenstar & Riverside Theatre, to name a few. Cue Card drops to 5/2 for Kempton in December with Dynaste second in the betting at 4/1. No doubt it'll be a tougher challenge, however a real exciting prospect & keeps things at an "edge of your seat" level.