Colin Tizzard believes age will not prove a stumbling block as Cue Card bids to emulate Kauto Star by winning the Betfair Chase for a fourth time at Haydock on Saturday.
The 11-year-old - triumphant in 2013, 2015 and 2016 - has shown no ill effects from his fall in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby and Tizzard retains plenty of faith in his stable stalwart.
Alan King reports Smad Place in good shape as the popular grey bids to supplement Aintree gains in the Christy 1965 Chase at Ascot on Saturday.
The 10-year-old gave his trainer a pleasant surprise when winning the Old Roan Chase at Aintree last month, on what was his first run for six months, and has continued to please the Barbury Castle handler.
Minella Awards rates the best bet on a seven-race card in the 2.25 at Haydock on Saturday. Harry Fry’s exciting young hurdler could be a graded performer running in a handicap.
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The 37 the running of the Group 1 Japan Cup takes place at Tokyo on Sunday and it will be harder than ever for the international raiding party to break the stranglehold that the locals have on their most prestigious race.