Cue Card Profile

The Supreme Novices Hurdle is one of the most eagerly anticipated races of the jump calendar. The Grade 1 two mile race opens the Cheltenham Festival and there is always fierce competition and good value on the betting market.

The current favourite for the race this year is the five-year-old Bay Gelding ‘Cue Card’ at a current best price of 5/2. The horse is owned by Mrs Jean Bishop and trained by Colin Tizzard. The horse was bred from King’s Theatre (Ireland) and King’s Ride (Ireland).

Cue Card raced only five times throughout 2010 winning four races and coming second in the other. These races were of mixed quality and different fields, which the horse proved too strong for.

Cue Card’s debut came on January 25 2010 in a Grade 6 race at Fontwell Park. The horse’s weight was as low as it has ever been at 10-7 and the race was run over 14 furlongs. Cue Card won easily and the speed and manner of the win prompted Tizzard to train the horse for longer races due to a superior stamina.

The horse clearly had a bright future and romped to a win over 16 furlongs on a Cheltenham debut last year. Starting at 40/1, Cue Card beat a 24-horse field by a good distance to cement a reputation as one of the most exciting horses in the United Kingdom at one of the sports best festivals.

Races at Aintree (20 furlongs) and two more at Cheltenham (16 and 17 furlongs) followed in 2010, which produced two further wins and a second place. The second place came in the final race at Cheltenham last month where victory was only denied by four lengths following a poor start.

There are no planned races this year for the horse before the Cheltenham Festival. This should allow Tizzard to get Cue Card into perfect shape for what looks set to be a very strong field.

There are many strengths that this horse has shown over a five-race career. Stamina does not appear to be a problem as the distance Cue Card has run has never been the same for back-to-back races. There is a six furlong difference between the longest and shortest distance this horse has run with productive results.

John Tizzard (son of trainer Colin) has been this horse’s only jockey. The pair have forged a very successful relationship over the last twelve months and this should continue. Tizzard knows the best way to ride this horse to get a productive result.

The major weakness of Cue Card is that the horse has to be just behind the leading pack for the majority of a long race. This means Cue Card can see horses to keep pace with and race against. The loss to Menorah in Cue Card’s last race came because the pair got involved in a straight shoot out for the majority of 16 furlongs.

Cue Card is a very good bet to win the Supreme Novice’s Hurdle at Cheltenham if the ground is good and the horse gets a good start. The horse is only five-years-old but this is still a very important race to see if Cue Card can maintain a brilliant start.