Unioniste – RSA Chase
A very exciting 5 year old trained by Paul Nicholls who has made a big impact since landing on British shores. He was an impressive winner of a Grade 3 Handicap Chase at Cheltenham and he backed that victory up with his second win in Novice company. The RSA trip around Cheltenham appears ideal judged on his previous win and its likely there’s plenty more to come from a horse with a likeable attitude. Best priced 10/1.
Reve De Sivola – World Hurdle
I remember tipping Reve De Sivola on his return to hurdles in the Long Distance at Newbury, he certainly ran a very good race in defeat behind the mighty Big Bucks. With the reigning champion out for the season the World Hurdle appeared to have been blown wide open. However, Nick William’s subsequent two wins in the Long Walk and Cleeve Hurdle quicky propelled him to the forefront of the betting for the 3m showpiece. Its hard to see nearest challenger Oscar Whisky reversing that form and at 5/1 looks a great bet.
Cape Tribulation – Gold Cup
Got the better of former Gold Cup hero Imperial Commander in the Argento Chase. Malcolm Jefferson’s charge even has winning Festival form having landed the Pertemps final last year. There looks to be plenty more to come from him over fences and he is now a general 20/1 chance for the Gold Cup.
On Trend – Kim Muir
Won almost too well on his chase debut at Towcester from the useful Mister Hyde. Valid excuse in defeat next time when losing a shoe and then suffered a nasty fall at Newbury on his return. His subsequent confidence boosting third seemed to get his career back on track and he won the Masters Chase at Sandown on his latest start in good style. He has bags of stamina and the better ground should enable him to brush up his jumping. Best price of 20/1.
Merry King – National Hunt Chase
Has run two very solid races in defeat on his last two starts behind the useful Cannington Brook and Rolling Aces, only just failing last time. He has shown a very good attitude and bags of stamina which coupled with his sure footed jumping should see him go very close in this grueling test. Best price 14/1.
Albertas Run – Ryanair Chase
Twice a winner of the Ryanair, in 2010 and 2011, and only failed by half a length in the 2012 renewal. Slight concern is that he hasn’t been seen this season but he is with a top yard and has won top class races after a lay off in the past. He is a tremendously likeable sort and is likely to give it a very good go. Best price 20/1.