Jessies Dream may have recently tasted his first defeat since taking the step up to fences, but still represents solid each way value in the Cheltenham betting odds, with Ladbrokes offering the best price of 16/1 for him winning the RSA Novices Chase.
Preparations ahead of the Cheltenham Festival had been going well for Gordon Elliott’s horse, after determined victories at Galway and Fairyhouse.
However, a minor blip occurred on Jessies Dream’s latest outing in a three-runner contest at Leopardstown when beaten at betting odds of 4/9 by Magnanimity.
The result has led to the decision that the eight-year-old will now be kept off the racecourse until the RSA Chase, which means he will miss a return to Leopardstown on February 6th for the Grade One Dr P J Moriarty Novice Chase.
Elliott said: “He’s come out of the race fine. It was just one of those days and we’re putting a line through it and we’re looking forward to Cheltenham in March.
“He’s better than that. Things didn’t work out for him and it was a messy race, but we’re looking forward to bigger and better things.”
Elliott was also optimistic that his horse will be better suited to the RSA Chase as he will find it easier to contest a race with a bigger field and that is run at a faster pace.
The battling qualities displayed in Jessies Dream’s two victories will also be a useful attribute in a tight finish up the Cheltenham hill.
Time For Rupert is another horse to start his novice chase career with two victories and last year’s Ladbrokes World Hurdle runner up is the 5/2 favourite at the head of the Cheltenham odds for the RSA Chase.
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