Cue Card – is he really as good as Mandarin? Age and the statistics seem against him

Cue Card is 11 years old and is being quoted a best-priced 4/1 second favourite. WHOA THERE NELLY – can he really, win the Gold Cup aged ELEVEN?

The last horse to take the Gold Cup aged over ten was Cool Dawn in 1998. Kauto Star failed three times; Denman and the great Beef Or Salmon have both failed twice, and the rest of the elderly wannabes who failed includes Imperial Commander, See More Business, Dorans Pride, Grey Abbey, First Gold, Teeton Mill and Florida Pearl.

But wait – those are JUST the 10-year-olds. You have to go back to What A Myth in 1969 to find the last 11yo and then – at a time when Cliff Richard had yet to release a song – you have to go to 1962 when Mandarin won the Gold Cup.

In fact, from the last 14 runnings of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, there have been 55 horses aged 10yo+. None won, six were placed.

BOYDY SAYS: I would want to see 12/1 before I got involved. Leave Cue Card alone and cheer him home for a brave place without any of your money on him.