Cue Card to bid again for £1m Jockey Club 'Triple Crown' bonus

Cue Card
Cue Card fell with three fences to go in the Cheltenham Gold Cup

The offer of a £1m bonus for any horse winning big steeplechases at Haydock, Kempton and Cheltenham is to be renewed by the Jockey Club.

Cue Card almost landed the hat-trick last season when winning the Betfair Chase and King George VI Chase before falling in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Joe Tizzard, the horse's assistant trainer, said Cue Card would be aimed at the treble again.

"This is brilliant news. That's what he'll be aiming at this time," he said.

Jockey Club Racecourses managing director Paul Fisher said the bonus was covered by an insurance policy.

Jump racing's 'Triple Crown'

19 November 2016 - Betfair Chase, Haydock, three miles 24 yards

26 December 2016 - King George VI Chase, Kempton, three miles

17 March 2017 - Cheltenham Gold Cup, three miles two furlongs 70 yards

If successful, the bonus would be awarded as follows:

£650,000 - Winning owners

£150,000 - Trainer

£100,000 - Jockey (£33,333 per race if different riders)

£100,000 - Split between winning stable's staff