Brendan's Diary: Cue further success
After flagging up Cue Card's chances last week, our man Brendan Powell is back to look forward to this weekend's racing.
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Firstly, it was all smiles with the boss, Colin Tizzard, last weekend as our stable star Cue Card showed just what a good horse he is when landing the Betfair Chase up at Haydock on Saturday. Despite a few doubters we all knew at home he'd be fine over three miles and that's where his future lies now.
Yes, there were a few excuses surrounding the likes of Bobs Worth, and I'm sure we'll see the Gold Cup champ back to his best ready for Cheltenham, but Cue Card's win on Saturday was certainly no fluke and we all can't wait to see him back in action to prove that.
So, the staying chase division is shaping up to be one of the best for many a season, and with the King George next and then the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March then there's certainly plenty to look for to for all Cue Card's connections.
It's hard to believe he's still only seven, but he's amassed almost £600,000 in total prize money now for his owner, Mrs Bishop, and with plenty more big paydays ahead then he could even break the million-pound mark in the coming seasons.
That win sparked plenty of celebrations down at the local pub - The Camelot - on Saturday night. We all had great evening, and hopefully there will be plenty more to cheer about as we head into Boxing Day and then 2014.
My week in the saddle got a boost last Thursday when Jamie Snowden's Present View won very well for me up at Market Rasen. He's a horse I had in my 10 to follow a few weeks ago so I'm hoping a few of you took note.
He's an exciting sort, but can be a tiny bit quirky so I suspect he'll have three or four weeks off now before we see him again. At just five years old, he's got plenty more to come and is a horse I'll hopefully be winning a lot more races on.
Sticking with Jamie, I'm off to Uttoxeter to ride four on Thursday and one of his - Jean Fleming - looks the best of my mounts at the Midlands venue. She makes her chasing debut (has won a point-to-point), but has been doing plenty of work on that front at home so I'm hoping for a nice ride. She will, however, have a bit to find based on hurdles form with the classy Kentford Grey Lady, who is also entered in the race for Emma Lavelle.
Moving onto the weekend, like most weekends, it depends where Joe [Tizzard] ends up, but I should hopefully be at either Newcastle or Newbury.
Up at Newcastle Colin's got Hey Big Spender in the Rehearsal Chase. He won the race two years ago with this horse and is actually 10lb lower than when he won back then so has every chance, especially after a nice first run of the season at Aintree back in October.
If I head to Newbury then Flaming Charmer is entered in the novice handicap chase. He's a horse I like a lot and I won on him last time out at Chepstow. He'll love it if the ground gets really soft, and seems to have come out of that race really well. Like Present View, he's just five, so there should be plenty more to come and he's certainly one to keep on the right side of, especially in soft (or worse) ground.
Have a good week!
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