Might Bite heads the betting in a fantastic field for the most eagerly anticipated race of The Festival. The 2017 RSA Chase and King George VI Chase winner is unbeaten over fences since falling at Kempton on Boxing Day in 2016.
The horses he has been up against in recent times are not up to the level of the field for this one, but RSA Chase winners do have a good record when making the step up.
Third in last year’s race, Colin Tizzard’s Native River was in fine form when winning the Denman Chase in his only outing of the season last month.
Time will tell if he needed another run before such a testing race, but he has improved markedly since winning a Grade 1 at Aintree for the first time two years ago and he should be able to adapt to the slightly heavier conditions.
Willie Mullins is desperate to finally prevail in this one with Killultagh Vic. He looked to have the Irish Gold Cup in the bag before a fall at the last, and it would be a brave bet to back a horse to win the Gold Cup on the back of a fall, but there is no doubting his quality.
Definitly Red is certainly a shrewd each-way shout, and with a bit of luck he could land the big one on Friday. Two stunning performances in the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham and the Many Clouds Chase at Aintree is ideal preparation and he is more than capable of registering his third straight victory.
Our Duke arrives on the back of a fine display in the Red Mills Chase where he got the better of Presenting Percy. Robbie Power won the race last year with Sizing John and he has been well backed to become the first jockey to win consecutive Gold Cups since Jim Culloty on Best Mate.
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