Divers December aim
Murphy delighted with Gold Cup third
Last Updated: November 14, 2011 1:17pm
Divers will attempt to improve on this weekend's third place when he lines up in the December Gold Cup back at Cheltenham next month.
Trainer Ferdy Murphy was left cursing after overnight rain altered the going at Prestbury Park, which went against his good ground-loving grey, who won at the Festival in March.
He ran on gamely into third under Graham Lee, beaten just over 10 lengths by Great Endeavour, and he will be back down south soon before a mid-winter break.
"He's come out of it well, had a canter this morning and has eaten up, he's grand," said Murphy.
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"We couldn't believe the rain on Friday night. I was staying down there and it was hitting the window like you wouldn't believe. Some roads were closed it was that heavy.
"Because of that we were even more delighted with him.
"We'll have a look at the December race, it looks a no-brainer, and then he'll have a break for the Festival.
"The handicapper won't go mad.
"It was just a shame the weights didn't go up 5lb as that probably would have made a difference as the winner would have had five more and we'd have been in the weights.
"Those races half fall in your lap and the winner got the run of the race. Because of the ground we had to ride him a little bit different but I'm not complaining, he's run well."
The contest is also the target of Paddy Power runner-up, the Nicky Henderson-trained Quantitativeeasing.
"He's come out of Saturday's race not a bother on him," said Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus.
"He ran a good race, jumped well, just ran into a better horse on the day, no excuses.
"He'll go back to Cheltenham next month to try to go one better."