Cue Card camp confident of Gold Cup glory

2017-03-16 17:16:00, Views: 0,

Cue Card camp confident of Gold Cup glory

Jean Bishop has backed Cue Card to go well in Friday's Cheltenham Gold Cup following his disappointment of last year.

The 11-year-old was on course for the Triple Crown when he lined up in last year's race, only to fall at the third last when looking set to pounce.

His recent win in the Betfair Chase and the absence of Colin Tizzard stablemate Thistlecrack has heightened hopes of him getting revenge on Friday and he has good knowledge of the course, having twice won at the Festival in the past.

Owner Bishop admits her hopes are high for a big performance from the veteran.

She said: "Obviously the fall didn't affect him as he came out and won at Aintree afterwards. He has still got his enthusiasm for it. He doesn't look 11 and age is just a number. Some horses that are eight and nine have not got the enthusiasm he has got.

"I don't see why he won't run a big race in the Gold Cup. I would not put him in there for the sake of it. I would not put him in there and see him struggle - I think he has shown he deserves to be there."