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Tony McCoy today played down fears that Gold Cup "springer" Gloria Victis will not handle the track at Cheltenham next month.

He revealed he was far from surprised by the gelding's emphatic win in the Racing Post Chase on Saturday, which saw him made 6-1 co-second favourite for the March 16 race by sponsors the Tote.

And the champion jockey is raring to get back on board the six-year-old, having missed his 10-length victory over Marlborough due to suspension.

But McCoy stressed he has no "inside knowledge" whether trainer Martin Pipe will run the novice in the Gold Cup, or in another Festival race.

"Some people said he might be better right-handed as opposed to left as he did jump right at Newbury first time," the jockey said.

"But next time in the Feltham at Kempton I felt him jump to the left so maybe he is that type of horse.

"I thought beforehand he would win the way he did because he is a good horse and after all he was running against handicappers.

"He obviously jumped well and obviously was impressive and put up a good time. He is a good horse."

But McCoy, who was in Spain while Richard Johnson deputised in the saddle on Saturday, is in the dark as to whether the ex-French gelding is good enough to bid for See More Business's crown a fortnight on Thursday.

"I said on Saturday that I thought he could be a Gold Cup horse - whether this year or next year I don't know, obviously I'll leave that to the trainer," he said in an interview on the Racing Channel.

"If he runs in the SunAlliance he will be a very, very short-priced favourite and take a lot of beating.

"If he runs in the Gold Cup you don't know. See More Business or the others in the top four in the betting would have beaten Marlborough the way he did but he's an impressive horse."