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Cue Card: Ran his rivals ragged on his seasonal return
Cue Card ran out a hugely impressive winner of the Sportingbet Haldon Gold Cup Chase at Exeter on Tuesday.
Colin Tizzard's charge has carried a huge reputation since running away with the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in 2010 but hasn't always satisfied everyone with his subsequent performances over hurdles or fences despite beating all bar Sprinter Sacre in the Arkle at Cheltenham in March.
However, it was hard not to be impressed with his victory in this valuable handicap over a trip just shy of two miles and two furlongs.
Allowed to bowl along at the head of affairs by Joe Tizzard, he had soon seen off the attentions of the outsider Webberys Dream and was never headed en route to recording a 26 length victory.
Edgardo Sol was the rival to chase him home having taken advantage of a bad mistake by Menorah at the last to pick up the minor honours.
Sky Bet cut the King's Theatre gelding to 6-1 for the Ryanair Chase and to 10-1 for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival while the Leeds-based firm make him a 10-1 chance for glory in Kempton's King George VI Chase.
The winning trainer confirmed the Boxing Day feature was on the agenda.
He said: "The plan will be to go for the King George and you really couldn't fault the way he did it today.
"He used to tank along, but he's not as fizzy as he was and coming out of the back straight, when Joe squeezed him up, he was gone.
"Watching him here, you would wonder why we would ever need to go up to three miles, but I suppose we will, and he'll go somewhere before (the King George).
"I haven't given that a great deal of thought, but it could be the Betfair Chase (at Haydock, November 24)."