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Published: 11:26 | 17/12/15

Tizzard delighted with Cue Card


Colin Tizzard has declared Cue Card to be on course for the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on St Stephen's Day.

The nine-year-old has failed in three attempts to win the Christmas feature but he has looked in superb form on both his starts this season, winning the Charlie Hall Chase before going on to land the Betfair Chase at Haydock.

Things have gone according to plan since his run at Haydock and Tizzard has no plans to change his routine as he prepares to send his gelding to Kempton.

"We have had no hold ups with the horse since he won the Betfair Chase at Haydock and we are anxious to hold our nerve and stick to our routine with him," Tizzard told reporters.

"We do not want to be doing anything differently two weeks away from the big race and I am absolutely delighted with the way the overall build up has gone so far."

Tizzard was delighted with Cue Card's performance at Haydock and he believes the horse is as good as he ever was.

"He looked awesome at Haydock as very few horses have won that race in the style of which he did," Tizzard said.

"I suppose I'm just a little bit scared that Silviniaco Conti did not run up to his very best and Dynaste, like a lot of the [David] Pipe horses, did not finish his race but we beat him fair and square in the Charlie Hall [Chase] at Wetherby [the time before].

"The fact of the matter is we have got Cue Card where we want him ahead of the Kempton and, although he is nine going on ten, he seems as good as he was when winning the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham almost two years ago."

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