Colin Tizzard could be the man to ensure that there is not a dry eye in the house at Cheltenham next month should the result occur that a considerable number of National Hunt stalwarts can only dream of and Cue Card lands a coveted and deserved success in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The 12-year-old, a nine times Grade 1 winner, is unquestionably the most popular horse in the Jumps training ranks and has had the misfortune to see his last two challenges for the Gold Cup end with falls at the third last but his game effort when second to Waiting Patiently in the Grade 1 Ascot Chase last weekend has clearly shown that Cue Card is no back number just yet.
The decision is still awaited as to whether Cue Card takes his chance in the Gold Cup or the Ryanair Chase but Tizzard, who drew a blank at the meeting last year, also has the likes of Native River and Finian’s Oscar at his disposal and is hopeful that the form of his horses going into the meeting and the assembled team this time around can maybe put that record straight.
Colin said: “I think we have some good chances in the novices’ races and while Cue Card will run a big race in whatever he goes in. I think we have better chances for the festival this year than last year.”
Here, Tizzard talks Tony Elves of attheraces.com through his team which he hopes will get him back on the Cheltenham Festival scoreboard in 2018.