A place among the stars?
The word Legend is thrown around all too easily in some cases, yet seldom used when discussing Steeple chasers. But which horses come to mind when you think of legends? Sprinter Sacre? Kauto Star? Desert Orchid or all of the above.
Well the Money Rider team would argue the case for Cue Card to join that particular list. Colin Tizzard recently announced that the 12 year old would not make his last appearance at Sandown on the 28th as planned, and instead he would be retired now and wrapped in cotton wool, and who are we to say he doesn’t deserve just that?
Cue Card notched up Thirty Three races over his Glistening career winning fifteen of them, nine at Grade one Level.
Not the most fluent over hurdles he was quickly switched to fences by connections and never looked back. Between 2012 and 2014 he won the Haldon Cup, Ascot and Ryanair chase as well as the Betfair chase to boot.
The return of the mack
In the 2014/2015 Season his form took a huge dip, but after a Wind operation, the resurgent Cue Card came back to record another Betfair chase victory, and at the fourth time of asking A King George.
After being well favoured in the Gold Cup he fell when looking like the winner, a race many feel was his best chance at winning the biggest prize of the festival. Unscathed from his tumble he went straight to Aintree to claim the Betfred Bowl, and put any fears of being past his best to bed.
Cue Card headed to this years Festival with the Ryanair in mind, but was pulled up early on when not travelling at all, but Trainer Colin Tizzard was quick to confirm that no decision would be made on his future without careful consideration.
A Champions Reception
Like ourselves and many others, we were all looking forward to seeing Cue Card bow out at Champions Day on the 28th at Sandown in what was signalled to be his final race, however connections of the old boy confirmed this month that it was not to be, and he would retired with immediate effect.
Although he won’t be running at the Sandown meeting, he will be paraded and appreciated by all racegoers, and I anticipate one of the warmest receptions we have seen for any horse of our time. On thing is for sure, he deserves all the adulation that is coming his way.
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