Talking Horses: Williams plays down Royale Pagaille as Gold Cup contender

By: Chris Cook Monday 25 January 2021

‘It’s a bit premature to be talking about that race,’ the trainer says of the Rich Ricci-owned horse

Talk of a Gold Cup challenge for Royale Pagaille is “premature” according to his trainer, Venetia Williams, who was keen to put the brakes on runaway expectations for her star after his Haydock success on Saturday. The horse, who was essentially unknown outside his Herefordshire stable until the beginning of last month, has rocketed to prominence with three impressive wins in seven weeks and some see him as a legitimate challenger to runners such as Al Boum Photo in Cheltenham’s biggest race.

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