Cue Card ruled out of Festival

  • Last Updated: February 25 2014, 12:39 GMT

Leading Ryanair Chase fancy Cue Card will miss the Cheltenham Festival, news which has prompted changes to two key markets.

Cue Card: Ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival
Cue Card: Ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival

Colin Tizzard's horse had been favourite for the race he won last year, but in his absence the market is now headed by general 5/1 chance Al Ferof.

First Lieutenant, who was sent off 2/1 favourite for last year's race only to finish second, is now 6/1 with Sky Bet, Coral and William Hill despite a lacklustre run at Leopardstown at the start of February.

Splitting the pair is Dynaste at 11/2, while Benefficient is very much in the picture at 6/1 with Paddy Power and Sky Bet. Tony Martin's horse won the Dial-A-Bet Chase last time out and got the better of Dynaste to land last year's Jewson at the Festival.

Cue Card also held an entry in the Betfred Gold Cup and was available at a general 7/1, despite some reservations about that race's suitability.

Bobs Worth has subsequently hardened to a general 7/4 ahead of King George winner Silviniaco Conti at 3/1, with Last Instalment now clear third favourite at 7/1.

  • Posted at 1235 GMT on 25/02/2014.