Cue Card is loved by many a racing fan. Trained by Colin Tizzard, and ridden superbly by his son Joe, the crowd roared their delight when Cue Card stayed on to win for the first time over three miles.
Not everyone backed Cue Card this time around. There was a doubt he would last the distance. But even those who missed out on the 9/1 returns were pleased to see those distinctive colours of blue and pink come past the post ahead of Dynaste and last year’s winner, Silviniaco Conti.
Trainer Tizzard was reduced to tears of joy at the victory. Son Joe said: “I probably outstayed them in the end. They got to him and he’s had to battle and has gone and done it well. I was very positive and he had his ears pricked and was loving it.”
His father Colin spoke emotionally in the winners’ enclosure. He said: “He was brilliant today. He jumped better than he ever has. He was on his game for sure. He was poetry today.”
The price on Cue Card to win the King George VI at Kempton Park on Boxing Day was slashed following this memorable and gutsy win in front of a packed crowd at Haydock.
This was the first big race of the new jumps season and it was one by a horse with a big heart.