Colin Tizzard has confirmed Cue Card on target for a mouthwatering Aintree clash with Sprinter Sacre and Flemenstar.
Last Updated: 26/03/13 3:10pm
Colin Tizzard has confirmed Cue Card to be on target for a mouthwatering Aintree clash with Sprinter Sacre and Flemenstar.
The trio are are set to meet in the John Smith's Melling Chase on Ladies' Day, Friday, April 5.
Cue Card claimed a deserved Grade One success in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham earlier this month and will be seeking revenge on Sprinter Sacre, whom he chased home in the Arkle Trophy last year.
Tizzard revealed: "Cue Card is on course for the John Smith's Melling Chase. He did some fast work today and he couldn't be in better form.
"I'd say it was one of his best performances at Cheltenham but he was very good at Ascot and his win in the Haldon Gold Cup was right up there.
"He has had one blip all season and that was in the King George but I don't think he was quite right myself. Horses aren't machines and you need everything to be 100 per cent in these championship races and I don't think he was on song that day.
"He has been top-class in his three other performances this season and has been as good as nearly everything else racing.
"I think the John Smith's Melling Chase is shaping up to be a very, very good race if all three of them turn up. We have avoided Sprinter Sacre once already this year but this is over two and a half miles, which is Cue Card's trip.
"After his last two performances, we are entitled to think we have the best two and a half miler but I have no reason to doubt that Sprinter Sacre will get the trip.
"We got within seven lengths of him last year in the Arkle but I feel we are a much better horse this year, whereas Sprinter Sacre hasn't had a hard race since then. We don't know if he is better compared to last season because he hasn't been tested."