Melling Chase Forpady

Cooper ace hoping to break winless run

Last Updated: 22/03/12 2:16pm

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Thomas Cooper reports that Forpadydeplasterer is likely to go for the John Smith's Melling Chase at Aintree next month.

The 10-year-old, sixth to Riverside Theatre in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham last week, has not tasted success since the Arkle Trophy at the 2009 Festival.

He has run many creditable races since then, including when second in the Melling Chase behind Albertas Run two years.

Trainer Cooper is hoping the Aintree circuit will play to Forpadydeplasterer's strengths, but he wonders just how good some of the opposition might be.

"The performance was good and bad, I suppose. There was nothing going better than him between the third last and second last," said the County Kerry handler.

"He just didn't see out the trip in what was a very competitive race.

"We're going to have a look at Aintree now - two and a half miles on a flat track.

"He ran in that race two years ago and was second to Albertas Run. We don't know what else is going to turn up though, that's the thing."

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