Champion Chase contender odds-on at Newbury on Saturday

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Two wins from his last two starts at Cheltenham is good form for any prospective Cheltenham Festival winner, but Woolcombe Folly is putting his contender tag on the line at Newbury on Saturday.

Woolcombe Folly will take on stable mate Tchico Polos in the Grade 2 Game Spirit Chase at Newbury on Saturday, but while Woolcombe Folly is odds-on to win, trainer Paul Nicholls would fancy Tchico Polos should the rain come.

“What I don’t want [for Woolcombe Folly] is too much rain between now and the weekend,” said Nicholls.

Should the odds-on favourite get beat on Saturday, it would seriously dent the market confidence behind Woolcombe Folly in the Champion Chase betting market in which the eight-year-old is a 6/1 shot.

Woolcombe Folly will be up against another stable mate in the form of Master Minded in the Champion Chase and the two-time winner is currently the ante-post 2/1 favourite.

But after a beating Somersby by just a shoulder at Ascot last time out, Master Minded has also seen his market confidence disappear and Big Zeb is currently receiving most of the support in the Champion Chase betting market and can be backed at 7/2.

Saturday’s race at Newbury will give punters a much clearer indication of Woolcombe Folly’s chances of winning the Champion Chase and as an odds-on chance for Saturday’s race, punters may want to take the ante-post value now.

A £25 stake on Woolcombe Folly winning the Champion Chase would return £175. New customers can sign up here for a free Cheltenham bet worth £25.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.