Vivre Pour Vivre set for Moore success in London Gold Cup
David Metcalf | May 13, 2016
Vivre Pour Vivre looks pure Gold
Trainer Ed Dunlop has his team in flying form and Vivre Pour Vivre can provide him with another winner in the valuable London Gold Cup on Lockinge Day at Newbury (16:30).
The Newmarket handler has been banging in winners left, right and centre and boasts and incredible strike rate of just under 32 per cent with his runners in the last 14 days.
In Vivre Pour Vivre, he has a colt who has won his last two starts in the manner of a horse going places.
Having cosily landed a maiden on the all-weather at Wolverhampton on seasonal reappearance, the three-year-old made a mockery of his opening handicap mark of 78 when bolting up by seven lengths on heavy ground at Leicester.
After being held-up in third place, Vivre Pour Vivre was angled out by jockey Ryan Moore to get a run two from home and after taking up the running inside the last surged clear to win easing down.
Miles ahead of the assessor
It was a performance which suggested the son of Derby winner Pour Moi was miles ahead of the assessor, and a 10lb rise in the weights may not be enough to stop him going in again given the manner of the victory.
This does represent a big step up in class for Vivre Pour Vivre, but he is clearly going the right way and Dunlop knows what is required to win the race having saddled Aqwaal to victory in 2009 and High Troja to land the spoils in 2013.
With Moore once again in the saddle, Vive Pour Vivre can provide him with a third success.
Imperial Aviator open to improvement
Roger Charlton is another trainer with a good record in the race and his Imperial Aviator looks an improving sort who is sure to go well.
Charlton has won the race twice in recent years, including with Time Test 12 months ago, and there was lots to like about the way Imperial Aviator opened his account in a 10-runner maiden at Leicester last month.
After travelling nicely on the heels of the leaders, the three-year-old ran on strongly after being produced to challenge at the furlong marker to beat Ulysses by 1/2 a length.
The runner-up is a well-regarded sort, and the pair pulled six lengths clear of the heavily-backed odds-on favourite Uae Prince.
That gives the form a solid look, and an opening handicap mark of 85 for Imperial Aviator does not look excessive.
The son of Paco Boy was also snapped up by leading owners Qatar Racing after that success, suggesting that they think that Imperial Aviator has a big future.
Coral’s top tip: Vivre Pour Vivre rates a solid bet to provide in-form trainer Ed Dunlop with another winner. Imperial Aviator represents top connections and looks sure to go well.