Forpadydeplasterer excites Cooper
THOMAS COOPER cannot wait to get Forpadydeplasterer over fences as he plots a return to action for his Grade 1 winner.
The six-year-old has won three of his five starts to date and had the likes of Cork All Star and Tranquil Sea in behind when taking the Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown back in February.
He was far from disgraced when fourth in the Ballymore Properties Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last time and Cooper reports his stable star to be thriving after a summer break.
"He is just going down the gallops now alongside me and he is in super form," said Cooper.
"He'll go straight over fences now and he has strengthened up brilliantly - he is twice the horse he was last season.
"Whatever he achieved over hurdles was always going to be a bonus and I'm hoping we will have him out in around six weeks.
"I have a couple of things in mind and there is a novice chase at the Galway meeting at the end of October.
"He won his bumper there last season so that is a possibility at this stage."
Cooper is unsure what Forpadydeplasterer's best trip will be this season, but he is hoping he can return to Prestbury Park next March.
"We will have to see about the trip but at this stage we are hoping he could turn out to be an Arkle horse," the trainer continued.
"He jumps so quick and the Arkle is really a two-and-a-half-mile race as they go so fast early on.
"We have done lots of schooling over fences with him and he jumps fantastic."