Cooper counting his blessings with Pady

FORPADYDEPLASTERER has made pleasing improvement since found to have been clinically abnormal after the William Hill King George VI Chase.

Plans are on hold for the 2009 Arkle Trophy hero after he was pulled up before the 12th fence in his first attempt over three miles at Kempton on Saturday.

The nine-year-old gelding has now returned to trainer Tom Cooper’s yard in Ireland, but will remain on the easy list for the next few weeks.

“Pady came home on Sunday,” revealed Cooper.

“He’s OK now, his temperature is back to normal, and he is quite content with himself.

“It could have been a lot worse. It’s likely we’ll give him a bit of time off and then take it from there.

“We are none the wiser about whether he gets three miles or not.

“He ran no sort of race at Kempton so I’d be keen to give him another go (over three miles).”

Meanwhile, Monet’s Garden continues to make heartening progress as he battles against a life-threatening hoof infection.

The 13-year-old grey developed the career-ending affliction after suffering an injury when winning the Old Roan Chase for a third time at Aintree in October.

Owner David Wesley Yates reported: “He’s in a fine, stable condition, despite the reduction in medication – and it was a pretty big reduction.

“There’s a long way to go, but we were looking for a window of progress when he didn’t have any bad days, and we’ve now found that.

“He was having good days but was having bad days a week or so ago, but the bad days appear to have ended.”

Monet’s Garden remains at Oaklands Veterinary Centre in Yarm, Cleveland, but could soon return to trainer Nicky Richards’ yard in Cumbria.

His plight has not only touched the racing fraternity, but has also spiked the interest of an American veterinary specialist, who has invested his commitment into alleviating the infected hoof.

Wesley Yates added: “The next big hurdle to overcome is to get him standing four-square.

“His heel is wedged at the back to keep pressure off the hoof so we are going to have to let that down in time. That will be a gradual process, but a specialist in Michigan in America has read about the problem and is working very closely with the vets.

“He’s still at Oaklands but, in time, we’d be hoping to get him home so he can be with his pals.”

Monet’s Garden won 17 of his 32 races and accrued over £680,000 in prize-money.

nCaolaneoin, striking runner-up in a Fairyhouse bumper on Sunday, is unlikely to be seen at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer Seamus Fahey will resist the urge to run the promising five-year-old in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper in March, with the Punchestown Festival two months later a more viable destination.

Caolaneoin made a hugely encouraging debut at the weekend, staying on stoutly for second behind the race-fit Lovethehigherlaw, who looks one of Willie Mullins’ sharper bumper horses.

“There’s been huge interest in the horse – just about all the right people want him – but I’m led to believe he’ll be staying in our yard, which is fantastic news.” said County Down-based Fahey.

“He was pretty straight on Sunday and I was very confident he’d run a hell of a race.

“That said, Willie’s horse was giving us 7lb and still won pretty tidily.

“The plan is for him to try to win a bumper first, and then go for the Grade One bumper at Punchestown.

“Things might change, but I don’t think he’ll be going to Cheltenham as he might not quite be the right horse for that race.

“We’ll keep him in bumpers this year but if everything goes to plan, we’ll aim him next season at one of the novice races over hurdles at Cheltenham.

“He’s a very exciting horse.”

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