Cue Card’s trainer Colin Tizzard accepted the blame for his defeat
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
By Graham Dench 7:20AM 31 OCT 2016
Leave it to Paddy Brennan. That will be Colin Tizzard’s advice to himself when Saturday’s Charlie Hall Chase third Cue Card lines up next time at Haydock for the Betfair Chase.
Cue Card was odds-on to repeat last year’s win in the Wetherby Grade 2 and traded much shorter in running after going on towards the end of the back straight.
However, with hindsight Tizzard wishes he and son Joe had not encouraged jockey Brennan to kick on so far out, as the ten-year-old had a fight on his hands all the way up the home straight and was beaten three and a quarter lengths into third by the younger, race-fit Irish Cavalier, to whom he was conceding 4lb.
Tizzard confessed: “We’d have sat second or third like the others with hindsight, but we’d talked it all through and me and Joe were both very keen Paddy kicked on, so we must take the blame.
“We both felt strongly it was the right thing to do, and now we wish we hadn’t. We’ll leave it to Paddy next time. It wasn’t his fault at all, but it’s better it happened first time out in the Charlie Hall than in the Betfair Chase or King George, or something like that.”
‘We weren’t beaten far’
Tizzard doesn’t think Cue Card ran a bad race anyway, and is delighted with how he has come out of it.
He continued: “We weren’t beaten far and the two who beat us were trained to the minute.
“We want to be at the top of our game for the next five or six races, not first time out, and he wasn’t far off his form. In fact someone is telling me that if you work it out through Racing Post Ratings he probably ran better in third this year than he did when winning a year ago. He had a good blow after, and he’ll be spot on for the Betfair Chase.”