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Al Ferof goes for GoldHeadlines
Al Ferof

Al Ferof will run in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham next Saturday after a satisfying workout on Sunday morning.

Trainer Paul Nicholls has given the seven-year-old grey the go-ahead and is expecting him to run well.

He told his Betfair column: "Daryl (Jacob) rode him in a two-mile gallop with Doeslessthanme, The Knoxs, and Ted Spread this morning, and that confirmed to me that he is ready to run next weekend."

Nicholls went on: "He came in late because he cut himself in the field in the summer, but he has come together beautifully in the last fortnight and today's gallop confirmed that.

"He has got plenty of weight (11st 8lb), but he probably deserves it and he goes well when fresh."

Nicholls also said the remarkable staying hurdler Big Buck's, who has won the last four renewals of the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, will work before racing at Exeter on Wednesday.

Trainer Nick Williams has yet to make a firm decision on whether For Non Stop will take his chance in the Paddy Power.

The seven-year-old is a best-priced 10-1 following a brilliant display in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree on his seasonal reappearance, but an 11lb hike means only Poquelin is above him in the weights.

The Devon handler said: "I don't know whether he runs or not yet. I am very happy with the horse. It is just a question of whether the owner wants to run or not. It doesn't look an exceptional race.

"I don't know if Poquelin runs or not, but it would be good if he did. It would mean we wouldn't be top weight and we would carry a pound less. If our horse runs, Noel (Fehily) will ride him."

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