Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Pady bids for Power gold

Forpadydeplasterer

Tom Cooper believes Forpadydeplasterer could be the forgotten horse of Saturday's Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham.

The 10-year-old may be without a win since the 2009 Arkle, but in that time he has finished second in another five Grade Ones and run well in other big races, usually when the ground has been against him. He still holds an entry in Thursday's Clonmel Oil Chase, but a trip to Prestbury Park is on the cards.

Cooper said: "He'll be going to Cheltenham, not Clonmel. He's never run in a handicap before and that's part of the reason why we're going, we want to see how he gets on."

He added: "I think he's on a very attractive mark (150), that's why we're keen to go.

"There's a couple of very nice horses in there, but they are only approaching their second season over fences whereas our lad is a seasoned campaigner.

"The ground should be lovely, the trip is what he wants these days and they'll go a good clip, which should be perfect for him - you never really get it in the small fields in Ireland he's been running in.

"He might be getting on but he's very consistent and he was only seven lengths behind Sizing Europe on his first run of the season."

Whether Gordon Elliott runs Jamesie Hall in the race depends on the participation of top-weights Poquelin and Wishfull Thinking.

The nine-year-old is currently 7lb out of the handicap, but if those two were to miss the race for any reason, the weights could rise 4lb.

Elliott said: "We haven't totally decided yet because he's 7lb out of the weights. It's 50-50 I'd say, and if he doesn't run he'll go in the conditional jockeys' race on Friday."

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