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2014 Cheltenham Festival tips – Smash into Smad for RSA Chase at 14/1

High-class hurdler Smad Place is set to embark on a chasing career and he could go all the way to the top.

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It's that time of year when punters start compiling lists of horses to follow over the jumps and thoughts turn to the bigger prizes to come, and that of course includes the Cheltenham Festival, which is never out of the mind of true jumps fans.

I'm busy compiling my own list and one horse who has pride of place is the Alan King-trained Smad Place, who is all set to go novice chasing and I fancy he can do very well in that sphere indeed. So much so that I intend backing him for the RSA Chase now and here's why.

The six-year-old is one of the best staying hurdlers around and was good enough to run third in the 2012 World Hurdle, behind none other than Big Buck's. But things didn't go entirely his way last season and, while he placed on every start (including the World Hurdle), he failed to get his head in front.


Smad Place (left) had to settle for third in the 2012 World Hurdle, won by Big Buck's. (Getty)

His third in the Yorkshire Hurdle was followed by three sound efforts in Grade 1 contests: second to Reve De Sivola in the Long Walk and third behind Solwhit in the World Hurdle and the Liverpool Hurdle. He ended the campaign on a lofty perch of 156.

That's high-class form but it doesn't take a genius to work out that he probably falls a few pounds short of the very best in the staying hurdle division and with Big Buck's set to return this season, it's the sensible thing to send him over fences.

His trainer confirmed as much when saying:

“He's going chasing – we schooled him in the spring before the summer break and he was very good.”


Trainer Alan King reports Smad Place to be "very good" in his schooling. (Getty)

That's reassuring to know as he was prone to take the odd liberty with his hurdles and did take a tumble in the 2012 Liverpool Hurdle, although it's often the case that these kind of horses show far more respect for the larger obstacles and, in his case, they could well be the making of him.

Certainly, there are no concerns over his stamina for the 3m trip of the RSA Chase, and it is to be hoped he will get plenty of match practice at Prestbury Park before then. There are options for him at the Open meeting and the December meeting and I'd expect him to turn up for at least one of those.

The fact that several of those quoted around him for the 2014 RSA Chase have their stamina to prove are just as likely to run in the shorter Jewson Chase (2m5f), or even the Arkle Trophy over two miles. Not so Smad Place, who looks a natural for the RSA and my idea of the winner at this stage.

Recommendation: Back Smad Place at 14/1 for the 2014 RSA Chase with BetVictor, who will refund our stake as a free bet if he doesn't run for any reason. 


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