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Cue Card will race next in the Cheltenham Gold Cup following his victory in the King George VI Chase at Kempton.
Trainer Colin Tizzard says the nine-year-old, who beat Irish raider Vautour by a head to win the Grade 1 race on St Stephen’s Day, will be rested until the showpiece event in March.
“He had a hard race. He trotted out fine this morning, but we won’t run again [before the Gold Cup],” he said.
“He’s had three quick-ish races and it’s only just over two months [until Cheltenham], anyway.”
Cue Card’s owners will pick up a £1m bonus if he wins the Gold Cup, having landed the Betfair Chase at Haydock and now the King George.
Tizzard said: “When they put the money up I thought it was an impossible task, but it’s getting closer.
“If we win a King George and a Gold Cup that would be something to live on for the rest of my life, anyway.
“We’ve all seen Cue Card making all in the Ryanair and bolting up, but this is a completely different horse now.”
Cue Card’s jockey Paddy Brennan was handed an 11-day suspension and fined £4,200 for excessive use of the whip, while Vautour’s rider Ruby Walsh was also banned for two days for the same offence.
“I hope the whip thing doesn’t take over from what was a fantastic race,” Tizzard told At The Races.
“The two jockeys involved got caught up in the excitement and broke the rules and ended up having a fine and a ban.
“He’s been out this morning, there’s not a mark on him – he’s absolutely A1.”