Cape Tribulation is a general 25-1 shot for Betfred Gold CupPICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
Decent gallop key for Cape Gold Cup bid
MALCOLM JEFFERSON is hoping for a combination of good ground and a decent gallop for Cape Tribulation in the Betfred Gold Cup, as he readies Saturday's Argento Chase winner for a crack at jump racing's biggest prize.
The nine-year-old boasts a decent record at Prestbury Park, with his other victory at the track coming in the Pertemps Final at last year's Cheltenham Festival, and is a general 25-1 shot for the Gold Cup.
Although Cape Tribulation proved he can handle testing ground with his half-length defeat of Imperial Commander, Jefferson wants decent ground come March.
The trainer said: "As we saw he can cope with heavy, but he'd prefer good. It was good when he won the Pertemps Final. I think, however, that the key to him is a decent gallop as he stays so well."
Lucinda Russell was able to issue a positive bulletin regarding Bold Sir Brian, who took a crunching fall in the Grade 3 Murphy Group Chase which was won by Katenko.
The seven-year-old fell heavily at the last, but Russell said on Sunday: "He's very well, incredibly. We got him home at 9pm and he trotted up sound this morning. He has eaten up and all seems well. He was very lucky."