Cheltenham Festival ante-post betting tips for the RSA Novices’ Chase on Day 2 of the meeting
The RSA has possible future Gold Cup implications with this race generally run at a solid pace from the off it takes some getting and any stamina doubts can get well and truly exposed.
RSA Novices’ Chase Ante-Post Betting Tips
Don Poli heads the market, a horse with stamina in abundance who put it to good use when winning the Martin Pipe Conditional at last season's Festival. He has looked even better since being stepped-up to 3m over fences this year with his latest Leopardstown win fully franked when runner-up Apache Stronghold won last time out. Continuing doubts over whether he will go for the 4m event temper enthusiasm and without the safety net of NRNB he’s a ricky proposition.
King's Palace has done nothing wrong over fences so far, winning all three starts without being unduly extended. The biggest concern is the similarity to last year’s campaign when he carried all before him in novice hurdle events prior to the Festival but, when well supported for the Albert Bartlett, he massively under performed on the big stage against the better field. That has to be a concern again especially if he is taken on for the lead.
Coneygree has been immense in his three starts over fences. Questions were asked over the validity of his first two wins as fallers in the races included the favourite but he dispelled them in no uncertain terms when taking the Denman Chase to pieces at Newbury. In Houblon Des Obeaux and Unioniste he thrashed a pair of well above average types giving connections a nice problem to have with regards to his target. The last novice to win a Gold Cup was Captain Christy in 1973 so the RSA route looks more sensible for those looking in from the outside.
THE YOUNG MASTER (E/W) (10/1 Betfred) has rocketed up the handicap this season, recording impressive wins along the way. His latest success at Ascot was well franked with the runner-up filling the same position in a Grade 2 race the next time with the third a comfortable handicap winner. He probably lacks a little touch of class for a Grade 1 contest but the harder they go in front the more it will bring him into play in a race that often falls the way of a grinder.
Of those at bigger prices, APACHE JACK (E/W) (25/1 Ladbrokes) would be of interest if this is the route taken. He was third in the Albert Bartlett last season, seeing out the three mile trip well. He has been campaigned over shorter so far this season but the return to a longer trip should see him in a better light.
A tricky race to assess with Don Poli not certain to turn up, but clearly would take a bit of beating if he were to. Kings Palace and Coneygree are likely to make this a real test of stamina from the front but could take each other on leaving something to pick up the pieces. THE YOUNG MASTER has progressed well this season and with stamina his strong suit might well be keeping on while others have cried enough. APACHE JACK has already shown three miles on good ground round Cheltenham suits well and he looks a spot of value.
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