The RSA Chase is often an entertaining spectacle as a cluster of classy animals embark on a trip around Prestbury Park and the Betfred Blog are backing No More Heroes to assert dominance on Wednesday.
The Irish have won five of the last seven renewals of the race with Gigginstown Stud successful twice in the time with Weapon’s Amnesty in 2010 and Don Poli last year. They will have targeted this race for some time and after a seamless preparation, he looks the one they all have to beat.
Having notched up a four-timer last year he was sent off well-fancied in the Albert Bartlett, where he failed to get the gaps at the right time, eventually finishing third behind Martello Tower.
This is solid course form and after putting a line to his disappointing effort at Punchestown on the back of a tough season, he was put away to go over fences.
He made a very pleasing seasonal reappearance, bounding away from a useful field in style having jumped eye-catchingly well for a novice. He then took his place in the Grade 1 Drinmore, where he really stamped his authority as a class act, jumping beautifully before striding clear, before he was eased close hm.
Monksland and Free Expression were both readily beaten that day which ensured No More Heroes took a prominent place in the RSA market and his final victory cemented his spot at favourite.
It may have been a four-runner Grade 1 but he travelled strongly, jumping well before moving clear of Rule The World, Monksland and Wrath Of Titans. He has the potential to improve and Gordon Elliot’s charge commands serious respect as he takes his place in the RSA.
More Of That is an obvious danger but the concern is that he had been in the running for three potential races at Cheltenham (RSA, JLT and Gold Cup) so it’s unseen as to what his best trip is.
Whereas No More Heroes is already proven over 3m, More Of That hasn’t took on the trip since disappointing at Newbury over hurdles in November 2014. Of course he has won a World Hurdle so stamina should be assured but the fact he is yet to tackle it over fences leaves slight question marks.
As such, No More Heroes ranks as a slightly strong proposition at 9/4 and it would be a big surprise where he not to go close on Wednesday.
Odds subject to change.