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CAPE TRIBULATION Cheltenham 26-1-13.

Cape Tribulation is a general 25-1 shot for Betfred Gold Cup

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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."

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