Murphy targeting Power Gold

L’Antartique continues to please Ferdy Murphy ahead of his assignment in Cheltenham’s Paddy Power Gold Cup next Saturday.

L’Antartique continues to please Ferdy Murphy ahead of his assignment in Cheltenham’s Paddy Power Gold Cup next Saturday.

The seven-year-old returned to the fray at Carlisle last weekend in pleasing fashion, comfortably beating a small but select field.

All roads now lead to Prestbury Park, where L’Antartique enjoyed the biggest victory of his career when winning the Jewson Novices’ Chase at last year’s Festival.

“Takashi (Iyama, lad) rode him out on Friday morning and he seemed to go very well so everything is on course for the Paddy Power,” said Murphy.

“We were a little worried about picking up a 3lb penalty after he won at Carlisle but he might not have got in otherwise. If the top ones stay in, he might just creep in at the bottom now.

“There will still be quite a bit of improvement in him but he had done more than the others with the Paddy Power in mind because you can’t wind them up that much in just two and a half weeks.

“He won the Jewson at the Festival when Graham (Lee, jockey) went down the inner so a big field won’t bother him, there was a lot of buzz about that day and he handled that no problem,” he told At The Races.

L’Antartique is a best-priced 8-1 with Coral and Ladbrokes for the Cheltenham feature.

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