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Pady primed for Cheltenham return

Forpadydeplasterer will make his seasonal reappearance in the Sinbad Testimonial 2010/2011 Chase at Cheltenham on Sunday.

The eight-year-old endured a luckless campaign last season, filling the runner-up spot on each of his five starts including in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham and the Melling Chase at Aintree.

His trainer Tom Cooper is eyeing a step up to three miles in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, but he will run over the minimum trip at Prestbury Park this weekend to blow away the cobwebs.

"The plan is for him to run in the two-miler on the Sunday," said Cooper.

"He's in good form and we've had no problems at all with him, thank God. We're looking at the King George for him but this looks a good place for him to get started again. He's fairly straight though, and we'll just have to see what we're taking on."

It promises to be a fascinating contest with Andy Stewart's Grade One winner Tataniano also set to take his chance.

"He'll run on Sunday and while we've not finalised anything as yet, I think Noel Fehily will probably ride him," said Stewart.

"He's in very good form and we're very happy for Forpadydeplasterer to come over. I was very impressed with Big Zeb on Sunday and the two-mile division could be very interesting this year."

A total of 14 entries have been received, including dethroned champion chaser Master Minded, who like Tataniano, is trained by Paul Nicholls. I'msingingtheblues, Mahogany Blaze, Oiseau De Nuit and Petit Robin are also in the mix.


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