Cue Card seen winning the 2013 Ryanair Chase Image reproduced with the kind permission of Cheltenham Racecourse

Cue Card seen winning the 2013 Ryanair Chase
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Cheltenham Racecourse

Trainer Colin Tizzard will consider switching Cue Card to the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival after he was beaten by stable mate Thistlecrack in the King George VI Chase at Kempton.

The stable companions went head-to-head in the Boxing Day spectacular and it was the novice Thistlecrack who powered clear in the hands of Tom Scudamore, with defending champion Cue Card narrowly beating dual King George hero Silviniaco Conti to the runner-up spot.

However, the Dorset handler could split his aces by bringing Cue Card back in distance for the Ryanair, a race he won in 2013.

Tizzard said: “He’s absolutely fine and he paid the price a bit for chasing Thistlecrack out in the country. It was good for him to hang on for second.

“The Ryanair we are definitely thinking about and we are likely to take Cue Card to Ascot for the Ascot Chase.”