Forpadydeplasterer Paddy Power Cheltenham plan
Last Updated: 13/11/12 1:16pm
Tom Cooper believes Forpadydeplasterer could prove to be the forgotten horse in the line-up for Saturday's Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
While the 10-year-old is still searching for a first victory since the 2009 Arkle Chase, Cooper's faith in the horse has not been shaken.
In recent seasons, Forpadydeplasterer has frequently performed with credit in big races, often when the ground has been against him.
He still holds an entry in Thursday's Clonmel Oil Chase but another trip to Prestbury Park is on the cards, where he will take part in his first ever handicap.
"He'll be going to Cheltenham, not Clonmel," said Cooper.
"He's never run in a handicap before and that's part of the reason why we're going, we want to see how he gets on.
"I think he's on a very attractive mark. Obviously there's a couple of very nice horses in there but they are only approaching their second season over fences whereas our lad is a seasoned campaigner.
"The ground should be lovely, the trip is what he wants these days and they'll go a good clip which should be perfect for him. You never really get it in the small fields in Ireland he's been running in.
"He might be getting on but he's very consistent and he was only seven lengths behind Sizing Europe on his first run of the season."