Harry Cobden has said that he is delighted to be asked by trainer Colin Tizzard to replace Paddy Brennan on Cue Card.
Tizzard has decided to go with a fresh rider on Cue Card after the horse fell for the second time in three races in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby last weekend.
Cobden, who mainly rides for Tizzard and Paul Nicholls, schooled Cue Card in the middle of last week, “I schooled him this morning and he felt A1. I’m very much looking forward to riding him. It is a great opportunity for a young jockey to pick up a ride like that and the target is the Betfair Chase. I ride out for Colin every Wednesday and I know all the horses well.”
He added that it is good to have the opportunity to ride a “horse like that” in a Graded race.
Cue Card’s next scheduled race is the Betfair Chase at Haydock on November 25, a race he has won three in the past, twice ridden by Brennan.
Tizzard has said that the decision was nothing personal but that he thinks he owes it to the horse to try something new, “I spoke to Paddy on Monday and said I thought the horse deserved to have a change of rider as he has fallen twice out of the last three times. He said it was fair enough.”
The trainer explained that changing jockey is something they do regular and it shouldn’t be a big deal but that it might be with Cue Card “because of his profile”.
He added, “I like the idea of having a younger man on him. I’ve known Harry all my life and he has got plenty of experience. He has ridden a lot of winners for us and he is a good young rider.”