Magnanimity a leading Cheltenham hope for Hughes

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Dessie Hughes has admitted that he will not be sending many horses to the Cheltenham Festival this year, but Magnanimity does offer him a chance of having a winner in the RSA Chase.

Magnanimity has run solidly over fences with two wins from four starts and currently has entries in both the RSA Chase and the National Hunt Chase at next month’s Festival.

However, Hughes is targeting the former for his seven-year-old, with Ladbrokes offering the best price on Magnanimity at 20/1 in the RSA Chase betting.

Magnanimity recently missed out on a third successive victory when going down by a head at Leopardstown to Bostons Angel in the Dr. P.J. Moriarty Novice Chase, but Hughes was pleased by his horse’s run in the Grade One contest.

He said: “He’s a very nice horse – he’s very solid. He’s come out of the race well and I’m inclined to go for the RSA with him.”

Hughes is looking for a new stable star following the retirement of two-time Champion Hurdle winner Hardy Eustace, with Magnanimity potentially one of his leading hopes.

Time For Rupert currently comfortably heads the RSA Chase odds at 9/4, with Wayward Prince and Wymott also towards the head of the Cheltenham betting at 10/1.

However, the interesting benchmark is Jessies Dream, who is a short 8/1 to win the RSA Chase, despite losing to Magnanimity at Leopardstown in January.

Despite this setback, Time for Rupert’s trainer Paul Webber has singled out Jessies Dream and Wymott as the two biggest threats to his horse in the RSA Chase.

Another fancied contender who has seen his price substantially shorten in the RSA Chase betting in recent weeks is Aiteen Thirtythree, following impressive victories in both of his starts in novice chases.

Aiteen Thirtythree is now just 7/1 in the RSA Chase betting.

A £25 stake on Magnanimity winning the RSA Chase would return £500. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.