What the trainers say

Connections Comments: Betvictor Gold Cup

A few comments from connections on the big race tomorrow

Harry Fry, Kylemore Lough:

“We’ve been grafting away at home and we are happy with his progress and what he has shown us. He was top weight when fifth in the Caspian Caviar off 2lb higher than what he goes into Saturday’s race. He has got a good record fresh as well, hence why we targeted the BetVictor when we mapped out his campaign. The nice thing is that he turned up at the end of May. We were able to assess him, give him a break and start afresh with him. It is not as though he turned up a couple of weeks ago. This was always going to be his starting point.”

Paul Nicholls, Le Prezien and Romain De Senam:

“It was not always the aim for Romain De Senam until he won at Chepstow. He caught me by surprise a bit that day, but I think that race did fall apart and they went quite quick. He ran again six days later, but I had to run him as he was going to go up 12lb. He won and won two good races in a week.

“I thought Le Prezien was going to get there most of the way (at Cheltenham last month), but he didn’t. 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.”

Nigel Twiston-Davies, Foxtail Hill and Splash Of Ginge:

“He won well last time and will prefer the extra half-mile so I hope he’s got a good chance. He likes this course and has run well here several times.

“Splash Of Ginge has got good form at various distances and I’m looking forward to running him.

Owner Barry Connell, Tully East:

“He’s been there (Cheltenham) twice. He won last season and ran well in the Martin Pipe the year before. 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.”

Jamie Snowden, Double Treasure:

“He has got to improve again, but we think he has.”

Ian Williams, Ballyalton:

“He is in great form. Tom (O’Brien) schooled him on Tuesday and he schooled very nicely for him. 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.”

Charlie Longsdon, Bentelimar:

“He is a nice, uncomplicated horse at home. We are still learning about him, but I am looking forward to seeing him run. He is ticking over nicely. He was fit when he came over and we gave him a bit of a break. He looks great, has schooled well and Johnny (Burke) is looking forward to riding him.”

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