The Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase is the opening race on day two of the Cheltenham Festival and is a race where the amateur riders get their moment in the spotlight.
Last year’s renewal was exciting as ever and produced a very popular winner in the form of the Rebecca Curtis-trained Teaforthree, who did the business for punters at 5/1, which landed a fair few gambles around Prestbury Park.
He was the highest rated horse in the race and, bar a bit of a blip when pulled up in the Feltham Chase at Kempton, he had been very progressive in that season.
Under the talented hands of JT McNamara he was prominent from the outset and due to the lack of stamina in his rivals flew down the home straight to land Curtis the first of what is likely to be many Festival successes.
A similar result, in terms of a market leader landing the race, will be very much welcomed by punters once again in 2013.
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In the build-up to the Festival there has been only one horse that has been on punters lips and that is Vesper Bell from the Willie Mullins yard. The Irish trainer has surprisingly not won this race in the last 10 years but looks to have the perfect novice at his disposal this year.
Some people have mooted that the RSA Chase may be a more realistic target for the stamina ridden charge but Mullins seems to think he will relish the four miles better than the three at Cheltenham. He finished runner-up on his chasing debut at Thurles but had no difficulty handling the very testing conditions next time out at Punchestown over Christmas.
After tracking the leader throughout and jumping well bar a mistake three out, he looked very comfortable against some top-class opposition and it seems Mullins has big plans for this stayer.
At 10/1 for the Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase, where he could be ridden by the supremely talented Patrick Mullins, there are plenty of punters who are looking to steam in on his current price.
Like all Festival races of this nature, there is so much talent in reserve from such hard-hitting tables, therefore confidence behind the Mullins runner isn’t hitting full throttle just yet. Paul Nicholls probably has the main challenger at the ante-post stage with Keppols Hill, who made a real impressive when winning at Chepstow in January.
He had fallen twice before this run but there were no such scares this time and he deservedly broke his maiden tag in a style of a real talented stayer.
He stayed on very strongly in very testing conditions at Chepstow to forge clear of the runner-up, Arthurians Legend, after the last. This multiple winning pointer is well at home in testing ground and is blessed with abundant stamina; therefore this gruelling four mile slog around Cheltenham looks perfect for him.
The 10/1 with 888Sport won’t last long once Nicholls confirms him for the race.