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    Optimism Abounds as Megson Aims for Jipcot's Continued Success in Imperial Cup
Optimism Abounds as Megson Aims for Jipcot's Continued Success in Imperial Cup
Jipcot (green and black cap) by Healy Racing

Optimism Abounds as Megson Aims for Jipcot's Continued Success in Imperial Cup

Excitement surrounds as ante-post favourite Jipcot aims to extend trainer Ben Pauling's impressive form in Saturday's Betfair Imperial Cup, eagerly awaited by owner Andrew Megson.

Pauling's successful season sees Megson, a key beneficiary, anticipating a rewarding experience. Both figures hold promising entries at the upcoming Cheltenham Festival, including Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle contender Tellherthename.

Before shifting focus to Prestbury Park, the duo sets sights on Sandown's £100,000 feature this weekend. Jipcot, a French acquisition adjusting well to UK tracks, eyes a swift follow-up to a remarkable triumph at Huntingdon. Megson recalls,

"Ben immediately targeted the Imperial Cup after Jipcot's impressive win at Huntingdon. The horse's agility on challenging ground left us in awe. Anticipating a weight increase, Ben's confidence in Jipcot remains unwavering due to his sheer talent and adaptability."

Formerly triumphant in Pau, Jipcot transitioned to Pauling's yard, where high expectations were met with challenges. Despite initial setbacks, the determined five-year-old has found his stride in British racing, earning favourable odds in the upcoming event. Megson praises Pauling's patient approach, stating,

"Jipcot's transition was gradual but rewarding. We recognized his potential early on and, after a period of adjustment, he demonstrated his true capabilities at Huntingdon. The horse's journey from France to the UK was challenging, but under Pauling's guidance, he has flourished."

As the countdown to the next race begins, Jipcot, backed by a supportive team, aims to deliver a standout performance, setting the stage for a successful journey to Cheltenham.

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