Cue Card back in training

Cue Card is back in training and pleasing trainer Colin Tizzard after undergoing a breathing operation.

Tizzard opted for the surgery after thinking long and hard following his star performer’s weak finish that cost him victory in the William Hill King George VI Chase on St Stephen’s Day.

That proved to be his last race of the campaign as he sustained a stress fracture of the pelvis in February, which ruled the eight-year-old out of the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Speaking to the Western Gazette, Tizzard said: “I felt Cue Card actually had the King George won three out but coming to the second-last something happened - his head went up and I didn’t think he could breathe properly because his palate was flapping and loose. Now it’s been cauterized and tightened.

“It’s something that has been in the back of our minds for a long time but the horse had been so brilliant we thought it disrespectful to even think about doing it.”

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