ANOTHER RACE ON HORIZON FOR RAINBOW BEFORE CHELTENHAM
Nicky Henderson has confirmed that Finian’s Rainbow, 5-1 joint favourite with Paddy Power for the Arkle Trophy, is in good form but the programme book is making things difficult for his charge as he was today revealed among the entries for the Cheltenham Festival championship race.
The eight-year-old is unbeaten in two starts over fences, including when mastering Babysitter by 51 lengths on his last start at Newbury on January 19.
Henderson said: “He’s fine and he didn’t have a race. He will have another race before Cheltenham but we’re inconvenienced that the Kingmaker Novices’ Chase at Warwick is on the same day as the Tote Gold Trophy which rules that race out for him.
“It’s the obvious race but it doesn’t suit the owners and the jockeys who are all at Newbury.”
Asked how the horse compared to his three previous Arkle winners, Remittance Man, Travado and Tiutchev, the master of Seven Barrows responded: “He has done everything right so far. But saying that he hasn’t had to do anything as he hasn’t met anything.”
Ghizao is Paddy’s other 5-1 joint favourite for the Arkle.
Paddy Power: 5 Finian’s Rainbow, Ghizao, 10 Noble Prince, 11 Realt Dubh, 14 Medermit, 16 Captain Chris, Surfing, 25 bar
JESSIES DREAM A SPORTING EACH-WAY CHANCE FOR THE RSA
Meanwhile Irish trainer Gordon Elliott is hoping that Jessies Dream, 12-1 second favourite for the RSA Chase with Paddy Power, is going to Cheltenham with a “sporting each-way chance” for the longer novices’ championship event as he too was listed among today’s entries.
The Presenting gelding was last seen in action when going down by three-quarters of a length to Magnanimity in a Grade 2 novice chase at Leopardstown earlier this month. The Co Meath trainers, who trains Jessies Dream for leading English owner David Johnson, said: “He has come out of his last race very well and he had a break for a fortnight and we are training him now for the RSA Chase.
“That defeat was just one of those days. Timmy [Murphy] said that if they rode the race again, then he would win on him and I’m just putting a line through it and worrying about Cheltenham. To be fair the more the ground dries out the better and the trip won’t be a problem. He’ll love the trip and the ground and Cheltenham has been the plan all year. I’m hoping that he’s going there with a sporting each-way chance.”
Time For Rupert, who runs in Saturday’s Argento Chase at Cheltenham, is Paddy’s 5-2 favourite for the RSA Chase.
Paddy Power: 5-2 Time For Rupert, 12 Jessies Dream, 14 Aiteenthirtythree, Quel Esprit, 16 Beshabar, Wymott, Magnanimity, Mikael Dhaguenet, Robinson Collonges, Wayward Prince, Wishfull Thinking, 20 bar
Paddy Power: 6-4 Time For Rupert, 5-2 Punchestowns, 5 Tidal Bay, 9 The Tother One, 11 Little Josh, 12 Neptune Collonges, Taranis, 20 Madison Du Berlais, Mon Mome, 50 The Sawyer