Punters took Paddy to the cleaners yesterday and the money was pretty much spot on, with Willie Mullins trio Douvan, Un De Sceaux and Faugheen all well supported and duly obliging while 8/1 shot The Druids Nephew was also carrying a fair whack of punters dough. It makes sense then to follow the smart cash again today, so the Paddy Power Blog has broken out Paddy’s book on the RSA Chase and the Champion Chase to see which gee-gees are coming in for the most support.
The RSA Chase, Wednesday 2.05pm
Gigginstown’s Don Poli (7/2) is the favourite for the RSA, but there is a fair whack of money on rival Kings Palace (4/1). Don Poli was last seen winning a Grade 1 Novice Chase at Leopardstown in December and Bryan Cooper’s mount is two for two over fences. David Pipe’s Kings Palace is also unbeaten over fences (three from three) and has won four races from five runs at Cheltenham. His only blemish was at the Festival last year when he fell in the Albert Bartlett.
Punters have also shown a bit of love to Southfield Theatre (15/2) for Sam Twiston-Davies and Paul Nicholls, while course and distance winner The Young Master (11/2) is also very well supported in the betting. Barry Geraghty’s ride was a course and distance winner in October and is three from four over fences. Apache Jack (33/1) gets a sliver of support, but the market is dominated by Don Poli and Kings Palace.
The Champion Chase, Wednesday 3.20pm
Cheltenham legend Sprinter Sacre (7/2) was unbeaten in 10 Chase starts when he won the Irish Champion Chase in Punchestown in April 2013. At that point he was a two-time Cheltenham Festival winner and the reigning Champion Chaser. But a serious injury and a dodgy ticker kept him off the track for more than a year. He was second in a Grade 1 on his return at Ascot in January behind Dodging Bullets, but that hasn’t stopped punters ploughing into the legend that is Sprinter Sacre. Will he be back at his phenomenal best? Time will tell.
Champagne Fever (5/1) is the next most popular bet for punters, with Dodging Bullets (5/1) and the 11/4 favourite Sire De Grugy taking similar slices of the punting pie. The Champ AP McCoy is on board Mr Mole (10/1) for Paul Nicholls and he has seen a touch of support from a few optimistic backers. The rest of the field are about as well-liked as Razorlight’s last album.
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