Cheltenham Tips: Rory Delargy’s ante-post plays for the 2023 National Hunt Chase

Rory ruminates on the potential runners and riders in Tuesday's finale at The Festival, the National Hunt Chase.

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*Odds quoted on the widget are Future Racing / Antepost prices which means that if your selection does not run in the race for whatever reason – you will lose your stake under traditional Antepost rules

The Cheltenham Festival 2023 is edging ever closer and, with the off slowly looming in to view, we’ve got jump jockey icon turned tactical guru Ruby Walsh and top pundit Rory Delargy with us every week to hopefully get you more bang for your buck.

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The final race on day one of the 2023 Festival is the National Hunt Chase and the lads have been looking at the ante-post markets to hopefully send you off into the night with a winner. Gaillard Du Mesnil is a handsome ante-post favourite at this stage but can anyone cause an upset and who’s looking good each-way value? Here’s Rory’s verdict.

Rory Delargy: National Hunt Chase

I can’t see Gerri Colombe running in this. He’s a very, very high-class horse but he’s surely going to run in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase. Chemical Energy is an obvious one to run in this race given that he won by 61 lengths last time beating Mahler Mission in a three-runner race at Cheltenham and the runner-up has gone on to actually look pretty good when winning at Navan last week.

The surprising thing was how strongly Chemical Energy saw out the trip. He didn’t go a slow gallop, he was tested and he looked like he would relish a bit further. Whether he’s good enough to win it is another matter altogether.

Hidden Heroics was beaten by City Chief last season over hurdles so on that line you’d say he’s got a bit of work to do there. He won very well at Exeter and Cheltenham but he ended up with nothing to beat really on either occasion. On pedigree he’s absolutely full of stamina and this seems to be the race for him. If you’re looking for something that’s going to turn up and give you some each-way value then Hidden Heroics is the one.

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There’s not an awful lot of scope for a bet here if the current favourite Gaillard Du Mesnil shows up.  The possibility that he goes somewhere else makes it very hard to back him at the price he is in the ante-post markets. If he runs here on the day, he should win.

Rory’s antepost National Hunt Chase tips

Chemical Energy (each-way)
Gaillard Du Mesnil – to win

Hidden Heroics (each-way)

*Odds quoted on the widget are Future Racing / Antepost prices which means that if your selection does not run in the race for whatever reason – you will lose your stake under traditional Antepost rules

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