Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Cue A Christmas Card For Tizzard

Cue Card is 9-2 to win the William Hill King George VI Chase with the sponsor and the recent Haydock winner is in great form according to his trainer, Colin Tizzard.

Speaking at the stable visit for the William Hill Winter Festival, Tizzard puts the rejuvenation of his star chaser down to two factors.

“Cue Card’s epiglottis was operated on in February. That’s why we missed the Cheltenham Festival. When he had it really bad he couldn’t even trot up the gallops. We think to a degree he had it the year when two out (in the King George), he had Silviniaco Conti off the bridle and his head came up and maybe it was trapping then. It’s saggy old skin and it actually trapped the air pipe. It was like a golf ball was stuck in his throat and he couldn’t breathe.”

“He’s come in healthier this year and I think the new barn has a lot to do with it. We’re up here in the fresh air in a bug free area. Now we are up here some of our horses have improved massively. It’s the same gallops, same feed, same people riding them, the only thing that’s different is being up here and I think that’s a significant factor.”

Next stop is the William Hill King George and the whole team are looking forward to having a crack at winning the Kempton crown.

“It’s never an easy race is it? We’re looking forward to it. I think we’ve got more strings to our bow this time, we can let the others drag us in to the race. Very few horses have won at Haydock as easy as he has and he won with his head in his chest. I just have to make sure he’s fit and well. I would just love to win a King George. He’s been a damn good horse for five years now and he deserves to. He’s a classy, brilliant horse and he ought to have that race to his name.”

Should Cue Card win at Kempton, Tizzard says the Gold Cup is definitely on the agenda and he’s 28-1 with William Hill to complete the Chase Triple Crown.

“Cue Card is back to his very best and the superstar chasers coming over from Ireland for the King George could find Colin Tizzard’s star tough to beat,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


William Hill King George VI Chase: 5-2 Don Cossack, 3-1 Vautour, 9-2 Cue Card, 7-1 Coneygree (needs to be supplemented), 8-1 Silviniaco Conti, Smad Place - ‘With A Run’, 14-1 Djakadam, 16-1 Al Ferof, Don Poli, 25-1 Ptit Zig, Road To Riches, 33-1 Camping Ground, Dynaste, Irish Cavalier, Simonsig, Sir Des Champs, Valseur Lido, 40-1 Ma Filleule, Menorah, 50-1 Apache Stronghold, Clarcam, Southfield Theatre, 66-1 Annacotty, Ballynagour, O’Faolains Boy, Saint Palois, Shannon Rock, 200-1 Pindare, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)

To Win The 2015 King George VI Chase & 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup: 12-1 Vautour, 14-1 Don Cossack, 25-1 Coneygree, 28-1 Cue Card Christmas Hurdle: 4-7 Faugheen, 7-2 Peace And Co, 5-1 The New One, 11-2 My Tent Or Yours, 14-1 Irving, 25-1 All Yours, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)