Cue Card on course for Ascot

Cue Card is the star turn among just seven entries for Saturday's Betfair Ascot Chase.

Cue Card: Starring act at Ascot this weekend.

The Colin Tizzard-trained 11-year-old was a brilliant winner of his third Betfair Chase at Haydock in November, but proved no match for stable companion Thistlecrack when bidding for back-to-back victories in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.

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Cue Card is set to come back in trip for this weekend's two-mile-five-furlong Grade One feature before a potential second tilt at Cheltenham Gold Cup glory.

Perhaps the biggest threat to Cue Card on Saturday could be Jonjo O'Neill's Taquin Du Seuil. He won a big handicap at Cheltenham in December before seemingly failing to get home over three miles in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown.

Rebecca Curtis has left in Irish Cavalier and Shantou Flyer, while Kylemore Lough could represent Kerry Lee.

The Philip Hobbs-trained Royal Regatta, who won the 1965 Chase over this course and distance, and Gary Moore's Traffic Fluide, a distant fourth behind Altior at Newbury on Saturday, complete the acceptors.

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