I really like the look of CUE CARD and have been over the race in my head and this how I see it unfold.
CUE CARD has the engine to head the field from the start, I am pretty sure about that.Joe Tizzard will have to keep enough energy to see the trip out, so he will need to get his pacemaking spot on.
Bobs Worth or Silviniaco Conti are not particularly headstrong, so I would say it is guaranteed they’ll sit in behind behind CUE CARD.
I pretty much feel that Joe Tizzard can set whatever pace he needs but that needs to be a pace that lets the horse relax in front and keeps the others on their toes.
The field cannot afford to let Cue Card get away, but if Joe Tizzard gets his pace right, it will put pressure on the jumping of suspect jumpers Long Run and Tidal Bay.
I think it could also see Bobs Worth being niggled along at times to stay with them. Barry Geraghty won’t be too bothered by this. He will want to be just picking them off one by one up that long straight.
For me the race will then unfold between Cue Card and Bobs Worth and back to the pace Joe Tizzard had set. If he has got it right he will have enough in hand to hold off Bobs Worth on the run-in.
This is a cracking a race in which Silviniaco Conti has failed to be mentioned. For me Daryl Jacob choosing Ascot over the Betfair Chase is a big clue and Dynaste personally i dont think he is good enough.
Come on the CUE CARD.