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Cue Card fluffs lines as Irish Cavalier causes Charlie Hall shock

• Veteran Cue Card third behind Irish Cavalier and Menorah
• Betfair Chase remains target, says trainer Colin Tizzard

Cue Card made a deflating return to action here, the popular chaser, now into the veteran stage, finishing only third in the Charlie Hall Chase behind Irish Cavalier. Given that he was said to be thoroughly fit and had even had a racecourse gallop to put an edge on him, his followers must surely be wincing over this three-length defeat at odds-on and fearing that the years have finally taken their toll.

After all, Cue Card is 10 and has turned in a shift of more than six years at jump racing’s highest level. No one could blame him if he was ready to step down a division but connections are nowhere near ready to accept that scenario after a single setback.

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