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Ryanair Chase an option for Cue Card - Colin Tizzard

Tuesday 27 December 2016

Cue Card (blue colours)

Trainer Colin Tizzard will consider switching Cue Card to the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival after he proved no match for Thistlecrack in the King George VI Chase at Kempton.

The stable companions went head-to-head in the Boxing Day spectacular and it was the novice Thistlecrack who powered clear in the hands of Tom Scudamore, with defending champion Cue Card narrowly beating dual King George hero Silviniaco Conti to the runner-up spot.

Thistlecrack is unsurprisingly a short-priced favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, with Cue Card a best priced 12-1, having fallen in the blue riband last March.

However, the Dorset handler could split his aces by bringing Cue Card back in distance for the Ryanair, a race he won in 2013.

Tizzard said: "He's absolutely fine and he paid the price a bit for chasing Thistlecrack out in the country. It was good for him to hang on for second.

"The Ryanair we are definitely thinking about and we are likely to take Cue Card to Ascot for the Ascot Chase."

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