New ca­reer Dou­ble Festival star heads for the show ring

Gloucestershire Echo - - RACING - By MELISSA JONES

CUE Card’s new trainer has high hopes for him in his new dis­ci­pline as he makes his first start at the Royal Wind­sor Horse Show.

Katie Jer­ram made a suc­cess of The Queen’s Bar­bers Shop in the show ring and she is tak­ing the dual Chel­tenham Festival hero’s reins.

Cue Card re­tired in April last year and is he is now ready to be tri­alled in the ROR (re­train­ing of race­horses) Open In-hand Show Se­ries from to­mor­row.

The 13-year-old’s 2010 Cham­pion Bumper and 2013 Ryanair Chase tri­umphs were among eight Grade One tri­umphs in a stel­lar ca­reer.

Jer­ram, who re­tired Bar­bers Shop at Wind­sor last year, be­lieves her new pupil can also ex­cel.

“They live next to each other at home and they’re ac­tu­ally very sim­i­lar,” she said.

“They take ev­ery­thing in their stride. We have had Cue Card about three weeks, he’s in light work and lov­ing life.

“He loves his sta­ble, it’s his home. He will let any­one in there but he likes his own space.

“He’s a kind horse with a huge heart.” Cue Card left Tiz­zard’s Sher­borne yard on April 11 after ten years, where he oc­cu­pied the num­ber one sta­ble.

Jer­ram was put in touch with the trainer through ROR op­er­a­tions ex­ecu

tive Mar­garet O’sul­li­van, after he judged at the Dublin Horse Show in 2018.

“Colin thought Cue Card would be ideal for the job,” she said.

“We were in­tro­duced at Chel­tenham where he pa­raded.

“It’s lovely to have the op­por­tu­nity to re­train him, it’s a big hon­our.

“He’s start­ing to use all the dif­fer­ent mus­cles he wouldn’t have as a race­horse and he’s used to his rou­tine.

“Some days he hacks, on others he will go in the school. He’s a beau­ti­ful ride.

“I think he’s go­ing to be fan­tas­tic in the show ring and I’m re­ally ex­cited to be work­ing with him.

“He was such a hero on the race­course and he won’t let the side down.”

Showjump­ing, dres­sage, driv­ing and en­durance make the Royal Wind­sor Horse Show a spec­ta­cle for elite eques­trian com­pe­ti­tion, in front of crowds of around 55,000 peo­ple.

The Queen has at­tended ev­ery year since the show started in 1943 and it is the only time of the year that the pri­vate grounds of Wind­sor Cas­tle are open to the pub­lic.

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