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Good ground the key for Pady

All Tom Cooper wants for Christmas is decent ground as Forpadydeplasterer prepares for the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.

The County Kerry trainer believes good conditions are the eight-year-old's secret weapon as he steps up to three miles for the first time in the festive feature, where he will clash with Kauto Star and Long Run.

Cooper said: "He's doing very well and I'm very happy with him. We've had no problems so far, he's been working every day. I'm hoping it's going to be on, that we get nice ground and we'll see how we get on over three miles."

He added: "The ground was on the soft side last year but the three or four years prior to that it was nice ground. The ground is the secret with him."

Forpadydeplasterer has been remarkably consistent. He has finished second in his last seven races and 10 times in his last 12, winning the other two.

He was runner-up to Big Zeb in the Queen Mother Champion Chase in March and he also had to be content with runner-up spot on his reappearance at Cheltenham last month when he was four lengths inferior to Gauvain.

"He's had a good preparation and he'll have improved from his run at Cheltenham," Cooper went on.

Forpadydeplasterer is set to travel over from Ireland on Thursday by which time Cooper is likely to have finalised jockey plans.

"I've not got a jockey for him yet. I haven't got that far," he added.

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