Al Ferof Wins Paddy Power Gold Cup
Paul Nicholls-trained Al Ferof has outstayed a quality field to win the Grade 3 Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham yesterday.
The son of Dom Alco received a terrific run and never looked like losing after he took the lead with three jumps to go.
Alan King-trained Walkon finished a brave second while Nadiya De La Vega battled on for third.
Nicholls was delighted with Al Ferof’s effort and believes his gelding is good enough to win a number of feature races later in the jumps racing season.
“He’s in the King George and we’ll have a chat with jockey Ruby Walsh and see. There is the Peterborough but I suspect owner John Hales will want to go for the King George now and on that performance why not,” Nicholls said.
“Now he has the strength to stay helps. Before he’s been a bit weak and might not have got a trip but he’s got there now.”
Owner John Hales was over the moon with the result but admitted that he wasn’t confident heading into the race.
“Having watched the previous races I was very dubious about our chances because of the ground,” Hales said.
“That was a stunning performance, we gave virtually all of the other horses weight and he still beat them.
“It was as good a performance from any horse that I have ever owned.”
Well backed favourite Grands Crus was never in the race and was pulled up with two jumps to go having lost a shoe.
Jockey Tom Scudamore said that the seven-year-old gelding failed to stay the distance.
“”He got there three out and I thought we were going to be in it but he’s stopped very quickly and just hasn’t finished his race.”
Al Ferof has been well backed in the King George VI Chase betting market and is now on the second line behind Long Run.
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