Noel Meade believes that Pandorama’s lack of chasing experience could be his biggest problem ahead of next week’s Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.
The eight-year-old has won nine of his eleven starts to date, only tasting defeat at the hands of Mikael D’Haguenet over hurdles and when pulled up in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury . Meade’s horse the returned to action at home and impressed when winning the Lexus Chase, but has not been seen out since then.
“I don’t think the lack of a run is going to be a problem, other than the fact it would have been more experience,” Meade told At The Races.
“He is very inexperienced. He’s won his four races and also had the trip over for the Hennessy where he was pulled up after a mile so that’s the one worry I have, especially round Cheltenham. If we get good to soft ground that will be OK but what we don’t want is the sun to come out with a drying wind because it can dry quickly there. I think it should be fine, but there is nothing we can do about it.
“I was pleased with his gallop at Leopardstown, he worked with two good horses and worked really well. Paul (Carberry) was delighted with him and said he gave him a great feel. We schooled him on Wednesday. He jumped five fences three times and was really good. I’m really happy with where he is at the moment.”