Patience pays off for Cue Card

Cue Card won the Betfair Chase for a third time with connections switching to more patient tactics at Haydock Park.

Cue Card won his third Betfair Chase

Colin Tizzard and his team felt that they had made too much use of Cue Card on his seasonal reappearance in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.

Rather than take on the front-running Coneygree, Paddy Brennan had the 10-year-old anchored in almost last in the early stages and opted to play a waiting game.

Seeyouatmidnight had pulled up before five out with Irish Cavalier was struggling and Silviniaco Conti beginning to come to the end of his tether.

Cue Card had gradually crept closer to Coneygree though with French raider Vezelay stalking the pair. The latter could never quite get to the front two and Cue Card hit the front three from home, seemingly full of running.

He still hadn't shaken off Coneygree at the second last but the former Gold Cup winner began to tire after that obstacle, leaving only the last in between Cue Card and a third victory in the Grade One contest.

He safely negotiated that obstacle to claim a notable success and one which secures the first leg of a possible £1million bonus if he can add the King George VI Chase and Cheltenham Gold Cup to his haul.

Sky Bet cut Cue Card to Cue to 9/4 from 4/1 for the next leg at Kempton Park on Boxing Day while they also shortened him to 6/1 from 10/1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.

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