Sir Des Champs is a real class act and is strongly fancied 4/1 to maintain his unbeaten record and land the opener at Cheltenham today (1.30).
Willie Mullins’ gelding won last year’s Martin Pipe at this meeting and has looked a top notch prospect since switched to the larger obstacles.
The six-year-old scored in effortless style on his chasing debut at Fairyhouse in December and then slammed Four Commanders – who ran a great race in yesterday’s NH Chase – by seven lengths at Limerick.
He then landed the hat-trick with a cosy 1/2 length defeat of Fist Of Fury in a Grade 2 contest at Leopardstown on his latest start where he jumped well and quickened up in good style having been squeezed on the home turn and forced to deliver his challenge out wide.
To me he looks as if he could go all the way to the top and unlike his main rival Peddlers Cross he has had an ideal preparation for this.
I have had mixed reports as regards to Donald McCain’s runner, with the majority suggesting that he is still not 100 per cent and could have done with another week or so to be spot on.
That makes him look vulnerable against such a good animal as Sir Des Champs and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Irish raider ended up being sent off clear favourite for this.
At the 4/1 on offer he rtaes the best bet of the day.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 5pts win Sir Des Champs (4/1 Blue Square, Coral, Stan James)