NEXT up for The Voice of Value is the RSA Chase, off at 2:05pm.
– Run over fences
– Novice chasers i.e. new chasers who didn’t win a chase in the previous year.
– Run over 3 miles so stamina is essential for these younger horses
– Won last year by O’Faolains Boy at 12/1
This promises to be an absolute cracker of a race. I thought Tuesday was brilliant fun but Wednesday could be even better.
Don Poli will go off favourite in this one and he is a worthy favourite. Another Willie Mullins horse with obvious claims given his win at the festival last year in the Conditional Jockeys Hurdle race and his solid novice chasing form this year over in Ireland.
I’m not having Kings Palace given his poor performance at the festival last year. Southfield Theatre lost out in a head bob last year that famously left Daryl Jacob blubbering and banging his fists worse than Sammy Kuffour for Bayern Munich in 1999. Southfield Theatre’s chasing form hasn’t set the heather on fire although he is more than worthy of his place in this field.
Main Selection: The Young Master
I have to be honest here – I am now emotionally invested in The Young Master for this race. I picked him out in November as a potential horse for this before the bookies even had prices available. He won a valuable class 1 handicap against older horses and it was only afterwards that I realised he would be eligible to run in novice races at the festival.
After his subsequent win in December with even more aplomb against an even better field I felt like Neil Mulholland and the owners had to run him in this. I thought he had a great chance then and I am still firmly of the same opinion even though the price on offer now is less than the 16/1 I managed to get him at back then.
I would back him each way because Don Poli might be a tough nut to crack but I think the Master still has a bit more improvement in him. The win for Mulholland and Geraghty with The Druids Nephew on Tuesday is also a major positive.
The Young Master – 4 points each way at 4/1 with Totesport