By Simon Jackson.
The winners of the past three Betfair Chases look set to clash in this year’s race after 2013 winner Cue Card made a winning comeback in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.
Cue Card suffered injury and wind problems since bagging the Grade 1 contest two years ago and impressed with the manner of his three and three-quarter length victory in the Grade 2 Charlie Hall Chase on Saturday.
Winning trainer Colin Tizzard is now eyeing a return to Haydock for the £200,000 Betfair Chase on November 21 where stable star looks set to clash with the 2012 and 2014 winner Silviniaco Conti, who finished third to Cue Card in 2013.
“Cue Card will be entered for the Betfair Chase. He had a little canter this morning and has come out of Wetherby absolutely fine,” Tizzard said after the exercise on Monday.
“He looked back to something like his best at the weekend. He went five lengths clear going to the last and then idled a bit before putting his head down and staying on well to the line. I know he was receiving 10lb from a few horses but I think it is good form.
“People were asking me before how he was going to run and I said he was going much better at home than he was last year but they have got to do it on the track. It was a relief because you can talk a lot of rubbish and it is best to let the horse do the talking.
“He is in the Hennessy but, at the moment, I am pretty sure we will be going to Haydock Park. He has obviously won the race before and I know Bob and Jean Bishop [owners] would love to try and win it again.”
Cue Card is priced at 5-1, in the market headed by Silviniaco Conti (7-4). Don Cossack is second favourite at 3-1 for the race that had attracted 18 runners when entries closed on Tuesday.
The three-mile contest is the highlight of the two-day Betfair Chase Weekend at Haydock Park on November 20 and 21.
The Betfair Chase is the first leg of the new £1-million Chase Triple Crown, which also incorporates the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.
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