Southfield Theatre the class act in Unicoin Chase at Cheltenham
David Metcalf | 9 December 2016
Unicoin Chase tips: Southfield Theatre bets take centre stage
Southfield Theatre was a desperately unlucky loser on seasonal reappearance, so can make his class tell to gain compensation and land the valuable 3m 2f Unicoin Group Handicap Chase on the opening day of Cheltenham’s International meeting on Friday (13:30).
Trained by Paul Nicholls, this gelding has won three of his 10 starts over fences, but his best run arguably came in defeat when runner-up to the classy Don Poli in the 2015 RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival off an official rating of 154.
Although below par in his first two starts last season, Southfield Theatre was in the process of putting in a much better performance when brought down at the 13th in the Ultima Handicap Chase here at the Festival back in March.
The eight-year-old went on to round off the campaign with a solid 6 1/4 length fourth of 20 to The Young Master in an ultra-competitive contest at Sandown off 150, sticking to the task well after getting hampered at a crucial stage.
Unlucky at Wincanton, good ground a big plus
Southfield Theatre was then all set to make a winning return to action in the Badger Ales at Wincanton last month when 1/2 a length up and staying on strongly only to come to grief at the final fence.
There is little doubt he would’ve pulled clear and won if he’d stayed on his feet, but it was still an effort which suggested Southfield Theatre was as good as ever.
Although now 4lb higher in the weights, a revised rating of 154 should not be beyond Southfield Theatre judged on his excellent run in the RSA.
The good ground is also massively in his favour and, with the stable remaining in good form, everything looks in place for a huge run that justifies Southfield Theatre bets.
Out Sam odds feared most
There are plenty of dangers in a wide-open and competitive looking contest and Out Sam odds command the utmost respect when it comes to Unicoin Chase tips.
This gelding was a smart hurdler when in the care of Nicky Henderson, and won twice over the larger obstacles last season after joining trainer Warren Greatex.
In the last of those at Newbury, he looked one to keep onside when cruising home by three lengths from Milansbar.
Out Sam was then far from disgraced when seventh of 23 to Un Temps Pour Tout at the Cheltenham Festival off a mark of 139 and is now able to race off 3lb lower.
That gives the seven-year-old major claims from a handicapping perspective and Out Sam should be spot on to do himself justice, following a recent pipe-opener over hurdles at this venue last month when a not knocked about eighth.
Coral’s top tip: Southfield Theatre bets rate as solid to win for in-form handler Nicholls. Out Sam odds reflect his handy mark and looks sure to go well.