West Country trainer Colin Tizzard, has warned antepost punters to hold fire on any Arkle bets on impressive Chepstow winner Cue Card.
The 2010 Champion Bumper winner was cut to 10-1 by some firms after his easy victory at the Welsh track, but his handler has yet to decide if he will be aimed at the 2m race or stepped up in trip:
“I wouldn’t encourage anyone to back him for the Arkle yet because he might not run in that.
“There is a two-and-a-half-mile novice and the RSA is only three – you can just see him going round there on the bridle, quickening up off the last bend and leaving them for dead.
“The few times we have stepped him up to two and a half, he has looked mighty impressive. There is an awful long way to go and I don’t know what trip he really wants. He could be effective from two miles to three miles, but I can’t see any point in going to three miles yet as he has so much pace.”
Cue Card may return to Cheltenham for a 2m novice chase at the Open meeting next month.
Tizzard said: “He is a horse we like taking to Cheltenham so there is a distinct possibility that will be the one but it wouldn’t hurt him to have a bit more match practice in little novice chases.
“No doubt we will wait for Cheltenham but if there was something a week before which was valuable we might have a look at it.”