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Sunday 22 April 2018

Card's 'happy' after Haydock

Tizzard says Betfair Chase hero has emerged in fine fettle

Boris the bold (L) ridden by George Buckell comes home to win the kempton.co.uk All Weather 'Hands And Heels' Apprentice Series Handicap ahead of Olivers Mount. Picture credit: John Walton/PA Wire
Boris the bold (L) ridden by George Buckell comes home to win the kempton.co.uk All Weather 'Hands And Heels' Apprentice Series Handicap ahead of Olivers Mount. Picture credit: John Walton/PA Wire

CUE CARD is said to be "a happy horse" after his superb victory in the Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday.

Trainer Colin Tizzard reports his stable star to have taken in his stride his exertions on Merseyside where he was a clear-cut winner of a top-quality renewal of the Grade One contest to expel all doubts about him staying three miles.

Last season's Ryanair Chase hero will run next in the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on St Stephen's, for which he is now ante-post favourite, while he also staked a big claim for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.

"He's come out of the race brilliant. We cantered him yesterday and again today," said Tizzard.

"He's actually fine and has come out of it really well.

"He is a happy horse."

Aussie Reigns put up a career-best performance to claim Listed honours in the £500 Free Bets At Betdaq Wild Flower Stakes at Kempton.

The William Knight-trained three-year-old, a three-time handicap winner, was given a confident ride by Andrea Atzeni, who was content to bide his time towards the rear of the field in the mile-and-a-half contest as the seven runners were taken along by Fattsota.

Useful filly Banoffee made eyecatching progress at the three pole but just as soon as she had challenged two furlongs out German raider Jeanie Johnston appeared strongly on the scene on her inside, looking a threat to all.

However, Atzeni produced Aussie Reigns (8/1) to perfection, bursting through between runners to lead at the furlong marker, running on to score by an untroubled length from Dick Doughtywylie.

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