Monday, 30 October 2017

Malcom Jefferson highlights Gold Cup ambitions with Old Roan runner-up Cloudy Dream

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Malcom Jefferson will now target another big race success for Cloudy Dream, following his second place finish in Aintree's Old Roan Chase.

The seven-year-old travelled strongly around the Lancashire track, but veteran Smad Place jumped the final fence a tad better and battled on to seal the Grade Two victory.

Cloudy Dream, who finished second in the Arkle at last year's Cheltenham Festival, could remain at the two-and-a-half distance for Cheltenham's Bet Victor Gold Cup at the Open Festival next month.

Oldgrangewood grabbed third spot for Dan Skelton, whilst favourite Shantou Village was pulled-up in the Old Roan, whilst Grade One winners God's Own and Tea For Two were unplaced.

“He ran a blinder. He’s settling down now and settled into the race and jumped well,” said the Yorkshire-based trainer talking after the race.

“He’s in the race at Cheltenham next month and he’ll probably go for that. I’m sure he’ll get three miles now he’s settling more in his races.

"I’m very happy with him. I’d liked to have won, but he’s come to Liverpool and run another good race.”

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Smad Place ran out a 12 length Hennessy winner three years ago

He is currently best priced at 14-1 for the feature handicap of the November meeting.

His long term future could be in the big handicaps, but ambitious Jefferson could attempt a Cheltenham Gold Cup bid with the Grade Two winning chaser. He is currently priced at 50-1.

Smad Place is still priced at 100-1 for the Gold Cup.

Elsewhere on Aintree's Sunday card On The Blind Side ran out an encouraging winner on his British debut.

Nicky Henderson's five-year-old, who was Tippin' Jimmy's NAP of the day, battled on for victory by just under a length.

Posh Trish, The Romford Pele and Bon Chic enjoyed wins, whilst Bag's Groove won a competitive handicap for Harry Fry.

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