SATURDAY’s BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham could possibly be a profitable finish to a long-term plan for Harry Fry’s Kylemore Lough on his first begin for the coach.
Fry has had this worthwhile prize in thoughts ever since he was despatched the Grade One-winning eight-year-old from Kerry Lee’s secure after the top of final season.
“We have been grafting away at dwelling and we’re glad along with his progress and what he has proven us,” mentioned Fry.
“He was high weight when fifth within the Caspian Caviar off 2lb greater than what he goes into Saturday’s race. He has received a superb document recent as effectively, therefore why we focused the BetVictor once we mapped out his marketing campaign.
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“The great factor is that he turned up on the finish of Might. We had been in a position to assess him, give him a break and begin afresh with him. It’s not as if he turned up a few weeks in the past.
“This was all the time going to be his place to begin.”
Paul Nicholls had a plethora of entries for this race however depends on simply the 2 probabilities, albeit two good ones, in Le Prezien and Romain De Senam.
“It was not all the time the goal for Romain De Senam till he gained at Chepstow,” admitted the Ditcheat coach.
“He caught me unexpectedly a bit that day, however I feel that race did disintegrate and so they went fairly fast. “He ran once more six days later, however I needed to run him as he was going to go up 12lb. He gained and gained two good races in every week.
“I assumed Le Prezien was going to get there a lot of the manner (at Cheltenham final month), however he did not.
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“He ran very well, he was only beaten a neck and obviously gets further than two. That was a good run. It sharpened his jumping up and two-mile-five probably suits him better than two miles.”
Ian Williams enjoyed a big-race double last weekend with London Prize and Saunter, and reports Ballyalton to be in prime shape for this test.
“He is in great form. Tom (O’Brien) schooled him on Tuesday and he schooled very nicely for him,” said the West Midlands trainer.
“He does come into the race with limited chasing experience against some of his rivals, but he has always performed well around Cheltenham and has enjoyed the track. We are looking forward to it, but it is a big ask.”
Owner Barry Connell believes Tully East’s liking for Cheltenham will stand him in good stead.
The seven-year-old, trained in Ireland by Alan Fleming, has performed creditably in two previous visits to Prestbury Park.
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“He’s been there twice. He won last season and ran well in the Martin Pipe the year before,” Connell told At The Races. “He seems to like the place and it looks an open enough race this year.
“Everything’s gone well. We had a prep run over hurdles and he schooled over fences at Naas last weekend. We couldn’t be happier.
“It’s a nice pot. He’s a course and distance winner and after he won in Cheltenham, we just felt it was the obvious race for him. It’s a nice way to start off.”
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Champion trainer Nicky Henderson is double-handed with Theinval and Days Of Heaven while Nigel Twiston-Davies also has two in the race with Foxtail Hill and Splash Of Ginge.
Jamie Snowden’s Double Treasure is seeking his fifth consecutive win and trainer Jamie Snowden feels the six-year-old is now ready to go up in class.
The Lambourn handler said: “He has got to improve again, but we think he has.”