COLIN Tizzard has confirmed that Cue Card will be aimed at the National Hunt Triple Crown after Jockey Club racecourses announced a £1 million bonus will be on offer once again.

Any horse able to win the Betfair Chase at Haydock, the King George VI Chase at Kempton and the Gold Cup at Cheltenham will earn its connections the huge bonus.

Since its inception in 2005, only Kauto Star has won all three races in the same season, with Cue Card going agonisingly close a couple of years ago when he fell in the Gold Cup having won the first two legs.

Tizzard said: “It’s fantastic that the £1 million is on offer again. Having come so close to winning it two years ago with Cue Card and winning the Betfair Chase again last year we are really excited for the season ahead. Who’s to say this won’t be his year?

Jessica Harrington has also confirmed Sizing John, who completed a Gold Cup treble at Cheltenham, Punchestown and Leopardstown last season, will be bidding for the prize.

Paul Fisher, chief executive of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “Since we introduced the bonus in 2015/16 it has really caught the public’s imagination. Cue Card coming so close two years ago helped grow the interest levels in not only these three races but Jumps racing across the board.

“Last year was exactly the same and for trainers like Jessica Harrington to be saying they are targeting the Chase Triple Crown this season is fantastic. To see a horse prove itself as the best staying chaser by winning all three of these races and the £1 million bonus would be superb for our sport.”