Cue Card winning the 2012 Ryanair Chase Image reproduced with the kind permission of Cheltenham Racecourse

Cue Card winning the 2012 Ryanair Chase
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Cheltenham Racecourse

Colin Tizzard has announced that Cue Card, winner of last year’s Ryanair Chase and this season’s Betfair Chase, is to miss the Cheltenham Festival, which gets under way two weeks today.

The talented 8 year old, a real Cheltenham specialist, had the options of defending his Ryanair title or having a tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but Tizzard confirmed on Tuesday that the horse has a problem having pulled muscles behind last week.