Valseur Lido can blow away rivals in Flogas Novice Chase
Valseur Lido can further enhance his Cheltenham Festival claims with victory in the Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown today (2.45).
The Willie Mullins trained gelding had some smart form to his name over hurdles last season, including when chasing home Faugheen in the Grade 1 Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.
The six-year-old had his attentions switched to the larger obstacles at the start of this campaign, and has won both his starts in the style of a top notch chasing prospect.
After cruising home by 11 lengths at Punchestown, Valseur Lido slammed Apache Stronghold by eight lengths in the Grade 1 Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse.
The son of Anzillero had The Tullow Tank a further 14 lengths back in fifth, and there is no reason why he should not confirm the placings with both those rivals this afternoon.
To me Valseur Lido looks the real deal, and I fully expect him to land this with the minimum of fuss enroute to the Festival.
He holds a couple of entries at the four-day spectacular, and is currently 6/1 with Coral for the JLT Novices’ Chase and a 10/1 shot for the RSA.
The fact he is running in this suggests that he may well end up in the latter, as it is a race which Mullins traditionally targets with his main RSA hope.
The County Carlow handler has won the race six times in all, including five of the last seven renewals.
Cooldine won it in 2009 before going on to land the RSA, and Boston Bob (2013) and last year’s winner Ballycasey also triumphed in it before lining up in the 3m contest at Prestbury Park.
That makes the present 10/1 in offer for the RSA look decent value if, as expected, Valseur Lido wins this and his stable companion Don Poli lines up for the 4m National Hunt Chase at the Festival instead of the RSA for which he is the current 4/1 favourite with Coral.