Bullish Tizzard relishing Coneygree clash for Cue Card
Cue Card: won last year's Betfair Chase by seven lengths
PICTURE: Getty Images Bullish Tizzard relishing Coneygree clash for Card By Bruce Jackson 8:02PM 16 NOV 2016
COLIN TIZZARD is full of confidence that his stable star Cue Card can end the unbeaten record over fences of the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree in the Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday.
Reflecting on Coneygree's front-running demolition of his rivals in five majestic wins over the last two seasons, a bullish Tizzard said: "Coneygree is a very good horse. If he makes the running that will be brilliant – he can give us a lead to the last."
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That confidence is built on what the Dorset trainer has seen since Cue Card was beaten in his bid to win the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby for the second year running. The ten-year-old finished third to Irish Cavalier, who is set to reoppose on 4lb worse terms in the grade-higher Betfair Chase on Saturday.
Tizzard said: "We jumped Cue Card this morning and he jumped beautifully. We thought we had him fit for Wetherby first time but he is definitely fitter now. The race has brought him on."
Bookmakers are not as sure about which horse will emerge as the contender for the £1m bonus by winning the first of the three legs that make up the Jockey Club's Triple Crown, which is completed by the 32red King George at Christmas and the Timico Gold Cup at Cheltenham next March.
Cue Card maintains a narrow advantage at the top of the market as 7-4 favourite with the sponsors while Coneygree is a best-priced 9-4.
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