Cue Card To Line Up In Ryanair Chase

Colin Tizzard informed punters on Tuesday afternoon that stable star Cue Card will take his chance in the Ryanair Chase and avoid a possible duel with Sprinter Sacre in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at next week's Cheltenham Festival.

The former Champion Bumper winner has been trading as ante-post favourite for the Ryanair, but his entry in the Champion Chase has left punters wondering whether he will take a crack at the 2m crown, but Tizzard has now come out and said they will opt for the 2m 5f on the third day of the Festival and look to bag that Grade One prize.

Second to Sprinter Sacre in the Arkle Challenge Trophy last year, Cue Card was as short as 10/1 for the Champion Chase, but the dominance of Nicky Henderson's hotpot has put off the connections of the exciting chaser and he will now head to the Thursday contest, which also looks a tricky task.

He showed his Cheltenham claims at the start of the season when storming to victory in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter, but a below-par performance in the King George VI Chase showed there were some frailties.  However, a dominant victory over Captain Chris in the Ascot Chase last time put his Cheltenham credentials on full show and he was duly cut to the head of the betting for the Ryanair.

He is one of many who hold entries in both, but Tizzard has said that he will only line up in the Champion Chase if Sprinter Sacre fails to show up, so it's likely he will now head for the Ryanair, where he could lock horns with the likes of First Lieutenant, Sizing Europe and last year's winner Riverside Theatre in a cracking renewal.

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