Mon Parrain and Wishfull Thinking are to face off in this weekends biggest race – the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham. They feature in a maximum field of 20 declared for Saturday’s race and Paul Nicholls, who trains Mon Parrain is planning on walking home with the title.
“He’s fine and he’s in good order,” Nicholls said on Wednesday, speaking to At The Races.
“We took him to Exeter for a gallop and I’m very happy with him. He’s never had an issue with his breathing.
The only reason I took him to Exeter was he’s been slow coming to hand and I was thinking I’m running out of time a little bit but taking him there has got him right”.
Wishfull Thinking appears to be his main challenger and the two are neck and neck at the bookies. Trained by Philip Hobbs, he is on fire and fresh off the back of three wins and a second so far this year, with his most recent win back in May 2011 at Punchestown.
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