It’s rearing into view, isn’t it? The jump season is approaching us faster than we always expect it to and that means only one thing: Cheltenham is on the horizon.
OK, thinking about Cheltenham, when we have the Paddy Power meeting, Hennessy and King George to look forward to, is perhaps a bit premature but our tipster Lewis Jones is a Prestbury Park fanatic and he’s already splashing the cash on some long-term fancies for the Festival.
Here’s a 25/1 shot to get your Cheltenham juices flowing….
This is the time of the year full of hopes and dreams for the season ahead.
The flat season is drawing to a close and punters will soon need to rejig their thinking. Out of the window goes champagne, Goodwood and Epsom and in comes tweed jackets, Huntington and Cheltenham.
The fantastic thing about the jumps season is that all roads lead to the end of the season.
Unlike the flat where it seems all the major festivals and races like the Guineas and the Derby take place early on, punters have to patiently wait for Christmas to come in the form of the Cheltenham Festival.
It’s been a graveyard for favourite backers in recent years but RSA Chase is always provides pulsating action. You need a warrior who has the heart of a lion. Softies need not apply…
Who won the RSA Chase in 2016?
The two market leaders had excuses and were below par as favourite backers got stung again in this race. Blaklion came out on top in a race where No More Heroes sadly lost his life. The pace was solid, certainly on the second circuit, and several were in with a shout heading to the final fence before the first two came clear.
The quicker terrain brought out the best out of the winner. The form is well below par though and he’s struggled to match that level this season in open company.
How to find the winner of the RSA Chase?
Horses with a classy novice hurdle background seem to outperform bumper and second-season chasers. Of the last 24 RSA winners, 21 were competing at a graded level in novice hurdles.
This damming statistic has managed to get plenty of well-backed horses for this contest beat in recent years, including Time For Rupert, Grands Crus and Dynaste, who all had been campaigned the previous season three mile open hurdling contests. It seems that horses that spend an extra year over hurdles aren’t to be trusted over the big obstacles.
The Albert Bartlett at the Festival has proved to be a very strong pointer for this race.
Ante-post tip for the RSA Chase 2017?
Aux Ptit Soins from the Paul Nicholls stable looks a horse that is hugely overpriced for this race.
He won the Coral Cup on his first start from the stable and is held in the highest regard by the team at Ditcheat.
He’s yet to fire over fences but this looks a long term prospect for Nicholls.
The horse could be at full tilt in the spring.
The 25/1 is big.