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Cue Card in top form at Ascot with Cheltenham Gold Cup just around the corner

Colin Tizzard says “he’s as good as he’s ever been” after the 11-year-old won by 15 lengths this afternoon.
Feb 18th 2017, 5:14 PM 3,016 4

CUE CARD IS looking good ahead of next month’s Cheltenham Festival after romping home in the Ascot Chase.

Ridden by Paddy Brennan, the Colin Tizzard-trained 11-year-old (4/9f), claimed his ninth Grade One race by 15 lengths from Shantou Flyer (22/1) and Royal Regatta (11/1).

It was Cue Card’s second time winning the feature after victory in 2013 and he is down to 6/1 to for success in the Cheltenham Gold Cup on St Patrick’s Day.

Betfair Chase Raceday - Ascot Races Cue Card and Paddy Brennan pulls away from the last fence today. Source: Julian Herbert

“It was lovely to see,” Tizzard told The Racing Post. “The pressure builds up every time he runs because we have a responsibility to him. He’s as good as he’s ever been and the race was made for him today. He’s been about a long time and he’s a favourite for all of us. ”

At Gowran Park, Willie Mullins’ Ballycasey (4/7f) took the Grade Two Red Mills Chase  with Clarcam (4/1) and Mozltov (12/1) second and third respectively.

Meanwhile, Bryan Cooper returned from injury to win the Red Mills Trial Hurdle on board Tombstone (9/4), with former Champion Hurdle winner Jezki (2/5F) finishing runner-up ahead of Rashaan (14/1).

Over at Haydock Park, Paul Nicholls’ 10-year-old Zarkandar (9/4) picked up a first triumph in Britain since 2013 by claiming the Grade Two Betfred Rendlesham Hurdle from Aux Ptits Soins (3/1) and Agrapart (11/8f).

And Champion Hurdle contender Yanworth (2/5f) had a narrow success over Chi’Tibello (8/1) and Sceau Royal (4/1) in the Betway Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton.

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