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Cue Card: makes comeback in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter on Tuesday

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SOMERSBY and Cue Card – the last two winners of the Vix Technology Haldon Gold Cup Chase – featured in a final field of seven for Tuesday’s Grade 2 chase at Exeter, although it is younger rival Balder Succes who heads the betting.

The high-class pair took each other on 12 months ago with Somersby, in receipt of 15lb, coming out on top and Cue Card third behind runner-up Module.

Impressive Maghull Novices’ Chase winner Balder Succes and the Tom George-trained God’s Own, who had the Alan King-trained chaser back in third when winning at the Punchestown festival, head the opposition. Hinterland, Pepite Rose and Oscar Hill complete the line-up.

Six-year-old Balder Succes has been chalked up as bet365’s favourite at 9-4, with Cue Card next best at 7-2 and Somersby and Hinterland joint-third favourites at 9-2.

Cue Card, who is on 7lb better terms with Somersby this time, has been sidelined with a minor stress fracture to the pelvis and has not been in action since finishing second in the William Hill King George in December.

With regular rider Joe Tizzard now retired, Daryl Jacob takes over, having been confirmed as Cue Card’s new jockey in the summer.


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