RSA Chase: Whispers from Seven Barrows Give Henderson Leading Edge

RSA Chase: Whispers from Seven Barrows Give Henderson Leading Edge

Nicky Henderson will be hoping that his Cheltenham Festival will have already got off to a flyer with Altior in the Arkle and with two top chances in this race, he will be hoping his top novice chasers can add more to his tally.

Might Bite comes into this race as the clear market leader after picking up a victory in his last outing at DoncasterFalling at Kempton in the Kauto Star Novice Chase earlier this season he still has a strong rating of 154 something we feel can’t be ignored. Running well before his fall at Kempton, he was 18th lengths clear of the field, so the tumble doesn’t seem to have knocked his confidence.  He is already a former winner on this course, and because of that, we expect something special here.

The other Seven Barrows runner that has a strong chance in this race is nine-year-old Whisper, who always seems to come strong when it comes to the big occasions of the season, a talent which can be demonstrated by his win at Aintree in the Stayers Hurdle back in 2015.  He first tried chase fences two years ago, and even after a second place finish in the Bathwick Tyres Beginners Chase at Exeter, he was taken back over the hurdles for the Cheltenham Festival later that season.

He seems to have taken to chases fences better this time round and having taken victory in the Ryman Novices’ Chase, and the Dipper Novices’ Chase earlier this season, he comes into this race with a rating of 151. It’s only the distance of the race that could prove the only problem for him as going conditions don’t seem to be an issue, so if the race is at the correct pace, then he should be one to watch in the closing stages.

 

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