Injured Cue Card to miss Cheltenham Festival

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Trainer Colin Tizzard today ruled his star chaser Cue Card out of the Cheltenham Festival.

The eight-year-old held entries in the Ryanair Chase and Cheltenham Gold Cup, and his trainer had been favouring a crack at the latter.

However, Tizzard revealed this morning that he had  not been quite right behind for a week and the decision had been made not to risk him.

Cue Card would have been  going for his third win at the Festival following successes in the Champion Bumper in 2010 and last year’s Ryanair Chase.

The gelding becomes the second star to be ruled out of the Festival in the last 24 hours, following the news that Sprinter Sacre would not be defending his crown in the Queen Mother Champion Chase and will miss the rest of the season.

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