Kings Palace new RSA favourite after another Cheltenham win
Kings Palace was shortened into 7/1 favourite for the RSA Chase in March after yet another victory at Cheltenham. Bringing his record to four wins from five starts at Prestbury Park, David Pipe’s charge again put in a slick round of jumping to see off Sausalito Sunrise for the second time.
The pair had met at Cheltenham last month with Kings Palace coming out on top on his chasing debut by 4 lengths. The 6yo, a faller in the Albert Bartlett Hurdle last season, was much worse off in the weights today but the result was no different, with Kings Palace galloping his rivals in to the ground from the front under Tom Scudamore.
Winning trainer, Pipe said: “Not many novices jump like him, he was the same over hurdles but it’s not usually the same when they switch to fences.
“He’s visually so much quicker over his fences and it just puts the others under pressure. The second is a very good horse and he came upsides two out, but Scu was always confident and I’d say he’s improved a fair bit from last time.
“I might have overtrained him for his first run and I’ve been a bit easier on him since then and that’s obviously not done him any harm.
“He doesn’t have to lead, he was just keen over his hurdles and that was how it panned out but he could be even better with a lead.
“He won’t go to the Feltham, we’ll get him out in the new year – there’s a race at Newbury on Denman Chase day and he’s very exciting. He’s the horse that every owner, trainer and jockey dreams of.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
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