David Pipe: hoping King’s Socks makes the cut for Cheltenham feature
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By Tony McFadden 10:12AM 17 OCT 2016
DAVID PIPE has hailed recent recruit King’s Socks as “very exciting” and revealed the unexposed four-year-old is being aimed at the BetVictor Gold Cup, for which he is co-second favourite at 16-1.
Pipe won the BetVictor Gold Cup – previously known as the Paddy Power Gold Cup – in 2011 with Great Endeavour, while his father Martin won the feature race at Cheltenham’s Open meeting a record-breaking eight times.
Quoted in the Racing Post Stable Tour series, which started on Monday, Pipe said of King’s Socks: “He’s a very exciting recruit who we picked up at the Arqana July Sale. He was one of the best four-year-old hurdlers in France with a couple of wins to his name.
“He’s also won over fences but is rated slightly lower in that sphere and we’ll probably start him out over the larger obstacles.
“We’d like to think he might be one for the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham’s Open meeting next month if he makes the cut and he’ll not be seen before then.”
Should King’s Socks take his chance he will be the first four-year-old to attempt to win the BetVictor Gold Cup since it was opened to horses of that age in 2006. He could be joined by the Paul Nicholls-trained four-year-old Frodon, who is also a 16-1 chance after putting in an impressive round of jumping to score at Fontwell last time.
King’s Socks and Frodon will receive a generous 9lb weight-for-age allowance from older rivals.
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