Cue Card: finished second behind Sprinter Sacre in last season's ArklePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Cue Card set for Haldon test on road to Kempton
CUE CARD bids to record his first high profile success since landing the Cheltenham Festival's Champion Bumper in 2010 when he runs in Tuesday's sportingbet Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter.
Trainer Colin Tizzard has weighed up a choice of starting options for Cue Card and plumped for the Grade 2 chase whose illustrious former winners include Champion Chase winners Edredon Bleu and Azertyuiop.
With Menorah and Edgardo Sol also in the field the race comprises three of the top of seven in the betting for next year's Queen Mother Champion Chase but a rematch with Sprinter Sacre in March may not necessarily be Cue Card's goal with connections likely to make an entry for the King George VI Chase when the race closes at noon on Tuesday.
The horse's jockey Joe Tizzard said: "He has been back in since the end of July. He is in terrific form and the plan was always to run him about now. It was tempting to take him to the Paddy Power Gold Cup or Kempton but two miles round Exeter first time out should suit him down to the ground.
"The Arkle was a really good run and he beat Menorah 20 lengths in the Arkle and he is having to give us 3lb. Sprinter Sacre is exceptional but Cue Card is very good in his own right and has a massive chance tomorrow.
"He will definitely have an entry in the King George. Dad is sure he stays. He is bred to stay. He gets two and a half. We are going to have a look at it. I would imagine there will be a run in between but we will see how we get on tomorrow first."
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