Argento Chase Betting Guide - Cheltenham

This season’s top staying novice chaser Grands Crus looks a likely runner in this Saturday’s Argento Chase at Cheltenham as the David Pipe 7 year-old takes another step forward to the festival in just over six weeks time.
Grands Crus
Grands Crus
Jan. 23, 2012 - PRLog -- Connections are still toying with either taking on the big boys in the Gold Cup at the festival or opting for the easier RSA Chase option, so after Saturday’s outing they should be a bit closer to firming up his Cheltenham plans.

Because of this uncertainly it’s no surprise that the bookmakers are being a shade cautious with their Cheltenham Festival ante-post prices – he’s currently 7/2 (as short as 6/4) for the RSA Chase and 9/1 (as short as 6/1) for the Gold Cup.

Looking back at past trends then should he land Saturday’s Argento Chase then it could be that the Gold Cup could be the call – in recent years Master Oats (1995) and Looks Like Trouble (1999) both used this weekend’s race as preparation before landing the Gold Cup, while as far as we can see a winner of this contest is yet to go onto land the RSA Chase that same season.

Having already won over fences at Cheltenham will also be a bonus, while the final thing that could sway connections to tackle the best staying chasers in the Gold Cup could be the fact that Grands Crus recorded a 3 second faster time  when winning the Feltham Chase on Boxing Day than Kauto Star managed in this year’s King George– at this stage Time For Rupert, Carruthers, Tidal Bay, Captain Chris and Diamond Harry are also all entered for Saturday’s race.

On the same card this Saturday racegoers will also be treated to seeing Big Buck’s as the Paul Nicholls-trained 9 year-old bids to win his 15th race on the bounce in the Cleeve Hurdle.

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