Ground the key Forpady
Tom Cooper is praying for a dry Christmas so Forpadydeplasterer can show his true colours in the King George at Kempton.
Since winning the 2009 Irish Independent Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham, the eight-year-old has remarkably finished runner-up on seven consecutive outings.
Cooper was disappointed that he could only finish second to shock winner Gauvain at Cheltenham earlier this month, but feels conditions were not in his favour that day and he is now looking forward to a clash with four-time King George winner Kauto Star.
"It was a bit disappointing he didn't win the last day, but the ground is such a huge factor for him," said Cooper. "It was disappointing to be beaten, considering we beat Paul Nicholls' horse (Tataniano), but that's the way it goes -- the King George is still the plan.
"We've beaten Sizing Europe and he was only beaten four lengths by Kauto Star, but I suppose Kauto Star would be a different kettle of fish at Kempton. We'll see."
Elsewhere, Alan King's Medermit is to be given the chance to redeem himself at Sandown on Saturday week after he refused at Huntingdon. The Grade One-placed hurdler had made a winning debut over the bigger obstacles at Aintree, but then downed tools at the sixth fence when leading in a four-runner Huntingdon affair, though King believes the mulish behaviour was a one-off.