Top trainer Nicky Henderson is responsible for the current RSA Chase favourite Might Bite for Cheltenham Day 2 bets, who was on the verge of producing a staggering performance in the Feltham Novices’ Chase on Boxing Day before falling at the final fence.
He has enjoyed a confidence boosting win since and goes to the 2017 Cheltenham Festival as a worthy favourite, but there is a big concern about the son of Scorpion’s ability to handle the Cheltenham course well enough to win such a tough test.
The Cheltenham Festival betting for this race is very open below the market leader but invariably the RSA Chase takes a really tough staying performance to win.
Mouse Morris’s Alpha Des Obeaux was a superb second behind Thistlecrack in the World Hurdle last year and despite not having a perfect season over fences since, he appeals as the sort of horse to be primed for the occasion and run a big race.
Harry Fry’s American is a big player and will definitely have his each way supporters, along with Colin Tizzard’s Royal Vacation who was so impressive in winning last time out.
Eddie Harty is yet to have a real flagbearer horse since the retirement of his Captain Cee Bee, but the JP McManus owned Coney Island has certainly started to establish himself as a potentially top class staying chaser in the making.
Sky Bet are offering a top price of 12/1 (13.00) on Coney Island to win the RSA Chase on Day 2 (Ladies Day) of the Cheltenham Festival 2017 and this tough and consistent horse has a huge chance of being in the first three home and a big chance of actually winning the race.
A lightly-raced 6-year old, he is yet to race in the UK but has an increasingly likeable resume over in his native Ireland and ran a blinder when second to Our Duke at Leopardstown last time out.
He won the Grade 1 Drinmore Novice Chase in good style before that and with the promise of more to come on spring ground, he is a very interesting contender for the RSA Chase and top level Grade 1 chases for the foreseeable future.