Jockey Paddy Brennan believes Cue Card can emulate the great Kauto Star and land the Jockey Club Chase Triple Crown by winning the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on the final day of the National Hunt Festival – Friday 18th March 2016.
The Colin Tizzard trained ten-year-old has been the star of the National Hunt season and is as short as 5-1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. After a comeback win in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby, he then went on to claim the Grade One Betfair Chase at Haydock; the first race of the Triple Crown in sensational style.
That was followed by a battling display in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, now a victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup will land the superstar a whopping £1 million bonus. Cue Card won the Ryanair Chase in 2013 but will make his first appearance in the Gold Cup in March.
The feature race of the Cheltenham Festival is the final leg of the newly established Triple Crown; which was created to honour the achievements of Kauto Star who won the Betfair, King George and Gold Cup in 2006/07.
Paddy Brennan who has partnered Cue Card in every race this season believes his mount can win the Gold Cup. The jockey said in the Racing Post Brennan said: “I think he has a massive chance as Cheltenham brings out the best in him.
“I’ve been lucky enough to win the Gold Cup before and would pay money to win another one.”
Brennan partnered Eventmasters very own Imperial Commander to Cheltenham Gold Cup success in 2010 but has insisted there are a lot of differences between the two saying on Betfred TV: “They are chalk and cheese – Imperial Commander is a stocky horse whereas Cue Card is not that big and is more built for speed but as he proved in the King George with age he has learned to chill out and is finishing his races a lot better.”
Cheltenham Gold Cup dangers
Cue Card will face some serious challengers in his bid for Triple Crown glory, with a host of Irish stars ready to stake their claims. Willie Mullins trains the favourite Djakadam who finished second to Coneygree last season.
Vautour who was narrowly beaten by Cue Card in the King George is also a likely runner. But Brennan fears Don Cossack above all saying “It boils down to the Irish horses and it will be interesting to see where Vautour goes and I wouldn’t rule him out but Don Cossack is the one I fear as he was unlucky in the King George.”
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