Colin Tizzard in no hurry to map out Cue Card plans following Wetherby fall

Sun 5 Nov 2017
Betfair Chase Day - Haydock Racecourse

By staff

Connections of Cue Card will let the dust settle before deciding on the next step for the 11-year-old after he fell for the second time in his last three starts at Wetherby on Saturday.

Trainer Colin Tizzard and his team will try to fathom why the seasoned chaser took a tumble at the fifth fence from home when appearing to be travelling well in the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase won by Bristol De Mai.

Jockey Paddy Brennan's immediate reaction was that the low sun was to blame for the exit of Cue Card, who fell at the third-last in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March for the second successive season.

The Betfair Chase at Haydock on November 25, which Cue Card has won three times in the last four years, is the obvious target but Tizzard will not be drawn on plans just yet.

"He fell again at a similar stage as where he did before. We've got to get our head round all that," said the Dorset handler.

"There's no reasoning. We've looked at the race and he was going as easily as anything when he fell. He was perfectly well this morning and trotted out absolutely fine.

"We need to sit back and think about why it happened. We just need to think about it for a day or two."

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