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Sportingbet Haldon Gold Cup Chase (Grade 2 Limited Handicap) 2m 1f 110y

  • (4yo+, 2m 1f 110y, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner £35,594 2nd £13,356 3rd £6,688 4th £3,331 5th £1,675 6th £838
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 18.50s
  • Off time: 14:50:16
  • Last Updated: November 6 2012, 17:39 GMT

Cue Card ran out a hugely impressive winner of the Sportingbet Haldon Gold Cup Chase at Exeter on Tuesday.

Cue Card: Ran his rivals ragged on his seasonal return
Cue Card: Ran his rivals ragged on his seasonal return

Colin Tizzard's charge has carried a huge reputation since running away with the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in 2010 but hasn't always satisfied everyone with his subsequent performances over hurdles or fences despite beating all bar Sprinter Sacre in the Arkle at Cheltenham in March.

However, it was hard not to be impressed with his victory in this valuable handicap over a trip just shy of two miles and two furlongs.

Allowed to bowl along at the head of affairs by Joe Tizzard, he had soon seen off the attentions of the outsider Webberys Dream and was never headed en route to recording a 26 length victory.

He got in a little close to the fourth last but was impressive at the next three obstacles with the race in the bag long before he jumped the last.

Edgardo Sol was the rival to chase him home having taken advantage of a bad mistake by Menorah at the last to pick up the minor honours.

Philip Hobbs' chaser looked a little ring-rusty on his seasonal reappearance and was allowed to work his way into the race but proved no match for his rival.

Renard attracted some support but, having moved up to challenge Cue Card for the lead on the back straight, was already struggling to live with the big three fully four fences from home.

Sky Bet cut the King's Theatre gelding to 6-1 for the Ryanair Chase and to 10-1 for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival while the Leeds-based firm make him a 10-1 chance for glory in Kempton's King George VI Chase.

The winning trainer confirmed the Boxing Day feature was on the agenda.

He said: "The plan will be to go for the King George and you really couldn't fault the way he did it today.

"He used to tank along, but he's not as fizzy as he was and coming out of the back straight, when Joe squeezed him up, he was gone.

"Watching him here, you would wonder why we would ever need to go up to three miles, but I suppose we will, and he'll go somewhere before (the King George).

"I haven't given that a great deal of thought, but it could be the Betfair Chase (at Haydock, November 24)."

Son Joe added: "He was pricking his ears all the way up the straight, but gave me the feel I was expecting throughout the race. He's only a six-year-old, but that's the best feel he's ever given me."

Philip Hobbs had no excuses for Menorah, who will probably remain over fences for the time being despite being caught for second place.

The trainer said: "He was a bit flat, but to be fair he'd have been a clear second but for his bad mistake at the last. Nothing is being ruled out but I think he'll stick to chasing."


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