Power play for Cheltenham Gold Cup challenge

Sizing John - Gold Cup bound
Sizing John - Gold Cup bound
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Jockey Robbie Power issued a positive bulletin on Jessica Harrington's stable star Sizing John, whom he partners Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday

The seven-year-old was the three quarters of a length winner of the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown last month and the Irish rider, who has had one winner at the Festival, courtesy of Bostons Angel in the 2011 RSA Chase, is confident that the son of Midnight Legend will be suited by the step up in trip in the Gold Cup.

Power said: "I've got no worries about his stamina over the Gold Cup trip. He is in great form, we're really happy with him, he looks in great nick and the ground will suit him."

Power is also looking forward to riding Forge Meadow in theTrull House Stud Mares' Novice Hurdle on Thursday.

An impressive eight-length victor of a Grade Two event at Naas last time, the five-year-old is among the leading fancies for the extended two-mile event, with Power confident of a good performance from Harrington's charge.

He remarked: "Forge Meadow runs in the Mares' Novice and she arrived over on Monday night.

"She is in good form and I would say the drying ground will definitely suit her as well."