Paul Nicholls: This 10/3 beaut will be Topofthegame on Wednesday

The Champion Chase is Altior's to lose, but Paul Nicholls fancies his chances elsewhere...

Ballymore Novices Hurdle – 1.30pm

Champ is a Grade One winner. The Nicky Henderson team have always thought a lot of him and his record backs that up. He will be very hard to beat.

RSA Chase – 2.10pm

I really like our Topofthegame and think he’ll be pretty hard to beat in the RSA Chase. He’s won over three miles and ran very well at the Festival last year. He’s in good form, has had a couple of good runs over fences and is right up there with a chance.

He has solid form but just ran a little bit green when he hit the front a bit too soon at Kempton over Christmas. If we’d hung on to him a little longer before making our move on that occasion, it would have been interesting.

He’s got a real good chance. He stays, he jumps, he’s got class.

Delta Work looks high class looks the one to beat and while Santini is a decent horse, I just can’t see how Santini can reverse places with Topofthegame on their Kempton running. All the pundits I’ve been watching keep saying that Santini will beat Topofthegame, but I just can’t see how.  Cheltenham is Cheltenham, but you still need a bit of pace to win.

We’ll see on Wednesday who was right.

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Coral Cup – 2.50pm

I’m relying on Brio Conti who is our big fancy in this race. We felt he needed to run again at Ascot when he won the other day, which surprised us a little bit, having been off for a while. He’s fit and well.

Champion Chase – 3.30pm

Altior is the horse to beat in the Champion Chase. Barring accidents, it’s Altior’s to lose, it appears but Politologue will be there to keep him honest.


Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap – 4.10pm

I run Dogon who was second at Wincanton recently and was previously a chase winner in France in the spring before we bought him. He’s a double-digit price but could run ok.

Champion Bumper – 5.30pm

I like Ask For Glory a lot. He’d want the ground really soft and it looks like it will be. The other horse we will run is Flic Ou Voyou who has won his only two starts this year and is a very nice horse.

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