Cue Card taking first steps in new career at Royal Windsor Horse Show

Former Colin Tizzard-trained gelding enjoying new discipline in retirement

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Cue Card will embark on his new career at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Wednesday.

The 13-year-old was retired from racing in April of last year having won 16 times under rules – with his eight Grade One triumphs including three Betfair Chases at Haydock, the King George VI Chase at Kempton and two Cheltenham Festival wins, in the Champion Bumper and the Ryanair Chase.

The Jean Bishop-owned veteran left Colin Tizzard’s yard last month to join show horse producer Katie Jerram in Essex, and he will strut his stuff on the first of five days at Royal Windsor – taking part in the ROR (retraining of racehorses) Open In-hand Show Series.

Jerram said: “Cue Card has been with me three weeks and has been really good – he’s settled in very well.

“For a horse who had such a large heart to go racing, he is the kindest horse you could ever wish to come across.”

While Cue Card will not be ridden at Royal Windsor this week, Jerram – who also retrained the Queen’s high-class racehorse Barbers Shop – hopes he will in future years.

She added: “Although he hasn’t raced for over a year, he was still being ridden at the Tizzards, so it is a big change for him.

“Because we haven’t had him long, he’s doing the ROR in-hand series this year. It would be easy to say we’d just go ahead and ride him, but I think it would be too much, too soon.

“I’m taking the cautious approach and hopefully he can be ridden next year – Rome wasn’t built in a day.

“We’re keeping him to a strict routine. He is used to being mollycoddled and gets cold – he likes to be rugged up all the time.

“Jean was keen for him to do something else after his racing career, rather than just being turned out in a field.

“Jean has been down to see him a couple of times and she’s really happy with him.”

The Royal Windsor Horse Show will play host to elite equestrian competition across four disciplines – show jumping, dressage, driving and endurance.

Over 55,000 visitors are expected to attend. The Queen has attended every year since the show started in 1943 and it is the only time of the year that the private grounds of Windsor Castle are open to the public.

Cue Card taking first steps in new career at Royal Windsor Horse Show
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