No worries at Thurles

  • Last Updated: November 29 2012, 14:35 GMT

This afternoon's jumps fixture at Thurles will go ahead as scheduled.

Course officials needed to assess conditions as an overnight frost was forecast at the County Tipperary circuit.

But following an early-morning inspection, the ground was found to have been fit enough to stage the all-chase card.

The going is heavy.

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Cooper said: "That is a great relief after three and a half years without a win.

"Things went all wrong for him at Cheltenham (last time out in the Paddy Power Gold Cup). He missed the first few fences and that was it. Paddy Brennan had the brain to pull him up as he seemed to lose all confidence.

"This was an ideal race for him, even though it was over three miles on heavy ground which was a worry, but he got the job done.

"He will be trained for the Grand National now. He had to be placed in a three-mile race to get in it and that's it done now. He will have two more runs before Aintree.

"He jumped brilliant today which he hadn't done for a while."