Monday 11 December 2017

Sky limit for Pady: Cooper

The jumping season continues to get into full swing and trainer Tom Cooper yesterday had a positive update regarding his star chaser Forpadydeplaster.

The eight-year-old hasn't actually won since landing the Irish Independent Arkle Chase at Cheltenham in 2009 but has still been an absolute credit to connections finishing second on all his starts since, with five out of six of them being in Grade One company.

Copper said yesterday: "I'm very happy with him, he seems great and Barry Geraghty rode him last week and he gave him a pop over a couple of fences."

The Tralee-based handler has a couple of races in mind to start him off and he hopes that his stable star may be able to line up in the staying chase division for the upcoming season.

"I have two races in mind for him, either the Fortria Chase at Navan or the Connaught Chase at Cheltenham in November to start off with, with a view to going to the King George at Kempton," revealed Cooper.

"We are going to step him up to 3m and see how we get on and sure if he stays the sky is the limit."

Last season a setback following the Tingle Creek at Sandown looked like it could have ruled him out of the Cheltenham Festival and possibly even the season.

However, he returned after a month off and put in a gallant showing at Cheltenham in the Champion Chase.

"He had a very bad preparation for Cheltenham," Cooper explained.

"He missed the whole month of January and I think it was a mistake on my behalf to go to Aintree.

"The ground in Ireland was very bad that week and we didn't think we'd get his ground at Punchestown but these things happen.

"He met a very good horse in Big Zeb on his day in the Champion Chase and the time of that Champion Chase was one of the quickest in 20 years.

"He was very unfortunate, we went there without a run since Sandown and a long time off and he just probably blew up after jumping the last."

Cooper concluded by reiterating: "The step up in trip is a new venture but he is bred to stay and with the class he showed over 2m the sky could be the limit."

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