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Published: 13:06 | 31/1/16

Smad Place set for Gold Cup

Djakadam fine after fall

Trainer Alan King has confirmed that Smad Place will be aimed at the Cheltenham Gold Cup after his impressive 12-length victory in the Betbright Trial Chase on Saturday.

The Grey also holds an entry in the Ryanair Chase, but King confirmed that the target is the main event on the Friday of the Festival.

"I think it was decided last night that he will run in the Gold Cup,” King told At The Races.

"I spoke to (owner) Peter Andrews last night and again this morning and as long as he's fit and well, he will run in the Gold Cup."

"I would be inclined to put a line through the King George. I think he's a better horse on a more galloping track for one thing, I think Cheltenham suits him a lot better than Kempton.

"I think we would be running him pretty handy (in the Gold Cup).

"I was very touched yesterday, the reception he got coming into the winner's enclosure, it was like a Festival reception. It means a lot. I don't know whether it's his colour or his style of racing but the public seems to have got behind him."

Elsewhere, Willie Mullins has revealed that Djakadam is fine after suffering a "flesh wound to his chest".

Mullins took to Twitter to assure racing fans that the former Gold cup favourite is fine after his fall at Prestbury Park on Saturday and confirmed that the plan is to go straight to the Gold Cup.

“Djakadam is back home. He has a cut on his chest that required stitching & will have an easy week walking,” said Mullins.

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