Bishop reflects on happy memories after retiring Cue Card
Cue Card’s owner Jean Bishop has paid tribute to the popular chaser after his retirement was announced yesterday.
Bishop and trainer Colin Tizzard had planned to give the 12-year-old a final outing in the bet365 Oaksey Chase at Sandown on April 28 but, after failing to show his usual exuberance on the gallops, the decision was taken to retire him before then.
Cue Card first hit the headlines when winning the Champion Bumper at the Festival in 2010 and, while he counted three Betfair Chases, two Ascot Chases, a Ryanair and a King George on his record, Bishop pinpointed that first Grade One as her happiest memory.
“I think my favourite day was the Cheltenham Bumper because that was so unexpected, he was 40/1 and it was the beginning of everything for him,” commented Bishop.
“If it wasn’t for Sprinter Sacre, he might have had another three or four Grade Ones. We never ran away from anything and he took them all on, he was the only one that did.
“He always tried his best and sometimes he wasn’t beaten that far by him.”
Meanwhile, Robin Of Navan can get the job done in the bet365 Earl of Sefton Stakes at Newmarket today.
CHELTENHAM: 2.05 Captain Cattistock, 2.40 Traffic Fluide, 3.15 Brave Eagle, 3.50 Red Infantry, 4.25 Steely Addition, 5.00 Lovely Job, 5.30 Poppy Kay.
DUNDALK: 6.00 Park Row, 6.30 El Greco, 7.00 Not Touch, 7.30 Downdraft, 8.00 Turn On The Tears, 8.30 Eacharn, 9.00 Highly Approved.
KEMPTON: 5.45 Jungle Inthebungle, 6.15 Rivas Rob Roy, 6.45 Famous Dynasty, 7.15 Bold Warrior, 7.45 Wufud, 8.15 Warsaw Road, 8.45 Isaac Bell, 9.15 Haraz.
NEWMARKET: 1.50 Hyperfocus, 2.25 Finniston Farm, 3.00 ROBIN OF NAVAN (NAP), 3.35 Soliloquy, 4.10 Kadiz, 4.45 Rococo, 5.20 Sea Of Class, 5.55 Dukhan.
DOUBLE: Robin Of Navan and Soliloquy.