Talking Horses: Best bets for Saturday’s action at Wetherby and Ascot | Chris Cook

Cue Card is one of the most durable talents jump racing has produced and is a good bet to become the oldest winner of the Charlie Hall Chase since 2004

Age is not an issue for runners in only the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The Charlie Hall Chase has also tended, in recent years, to favour youngsters and Cue Card (3.20) will be the oldest winner since 2004 if he comes home in front at Wetherby today.

There is no question that the King George winner has the best form on offer and he has also tended to run well when fresh, as when landing this race last year. He has coped well with a sound surface. He is reported in excellent shape by his training team. His status as a 10-year-old is a nagging concern, not least because other ageing chasers have managed to show good things at home immediately before failing on the track. But Cue Card is one of the most durable talents that jump racing has ever produced and, even at odds-on, he appeals as a fair risk to make another successful reappearance.

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