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Third Act out to match Cue Card Champion Bumper win

Colin Tizzard will be hoping lightning can strike twice in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper after Third Act bolted in at Kempton to earn the right to repeat Cue Card's success in the same race at the 2010 Cheltenham Festival.

Like his illustrious stablemate, the five-year-old is also a son of King's Theatre and is out of the same mare as a couple of useful sorts in Canaly, six times a winner over obstacles, and Eightybarackstreet, who obliged in five races under National Hunt rules.

Third Act was well backed for his racecourse debut at Newton Abbot last April but punters got their fingers burnt as he finished a slightly unlucky third, stumbling when travelling well before eventually having to settle for third spot.

He was again a beaten favourite at Fontwell in October but only looked to be done for inexperience by former point-to-point scorer Lily Waugh after once more catching the eye in running.

Despite still showing signs of greenness, notably a high head carriage, Third Act finally recouped those losses when powering clear up the home straight to oblige at Kempton, eventually passing the line six lengths clear of the runner-up but only after being eased down late on by jockey Joe Tizzard.

"We'll go to Cheltenham now," said the rider's father. "I don't know what he beat out there really but he was impressive enough. Joe said he had strengthened up so much since his last run in October and he has certainly been brilliant on the gallops."

Third Act runs in the same Jean Bishop colours as Cue Card, who caused an upset when beating Al Ferof at 40/1 in the Champion Bumper four years ago but has since proved that victory no fluke.

His 10 career victories include three more Grade 1 triumphs in the Betfair Ascot Chase a year ago, the Ryanair Chase at last season's Festival and the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November, as well as finishing second in the King George, so if Third Act can go on to achieve a fraction of that, connections will be more than happy.


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Third Act out to match Cue Card Champion Bumper win

Colin Tizzard will be hoping lightning can strike twice in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper after Third Act bolted in at Kempton to earn the right to repeat Cue Card's success in the same race at the 2010 Cheltenham Festival.

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