Present View ran a blinder to finish third in the Paddy Power Gold Cup behind Caid du Berlais on ground that was softer than ideal for him.
He was only beaten two lengths in a pulsating finish and after he pinged the second last in front I started to believe that the dream could come true. Although he got in a bit tight to the last and lost a bit of momentum – he fought bravely all the way to the line.
His natural exuberance saw him jump from fence to fence and he travelled well towards the front end of the field – though his flamboyance was slightly dulled on the tiring ground.
I’m sure there is a big handicap in him on some better ground and maybe the Topham Chase over the National fences at Aintree next April could be a longer-term target.
We’ll let the dust settle before we make any definite plans, but he is still a novice over hurdles and we might exploit that route with him as we plot our way through the spring.
He’s come out of the race in good order bar a few little cuts and scrapes and he’s bucking in his box this morning.
I’ve really enjoyed writing these pieces for the Paddy Power Blog and hope that it has given your readers some insight into the build up of what what was a fantastic race.