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Ante-Post, Triumph Hurdle: Chocala 40/1

As with last week, when Sizing Gold was put up for the JLT Novices’ Chase at 33/1, it’s time for another look at the Cheltenham ante-post markets on Tuesday.

As with last week, when Sizing Gold was put up for the JLT Novices’ Chase at 33/1, it’s time for another look at the Cheltenham ante-post markets on Tuesday and, having looked at the Triumph Hurdle prices yesterday ahead of last night’s JP Festival preview (can be watched online now at www.jpfestival.com) it became apparent that there was a horse available at 40-1 with the prospect that could contract considerably this weekend.

The horse in question is Chocala who was a smart soft-ground stayer on the Flat and shaped well in a warm Newbury contest on debut, back in November.

Both Alan King’s juvenile and runner-up, Actival, got into a battle a long way from home and could well have set the race up for Paul Nicholls’ winner, Calipto, who is third favourite (between 10-1 and 12-1) across the board.

Forced to miss the Grade 1 Finale Hurdle next time, when he would have faced Triumph favourite Le Rocher at Chepstow, the Rock Of Gibraltar gelding is still regarded as a Triumph horse by King, who does well with his juveniles, and he looks set to return to action this weekend.

Entered at Newbury on Saturday and Exeter on Sunday (both in novice events against his elders), should he win, or even go close in either contest, the 40-1 will be a thing of the past.  Given the current climate, it is hard to envisage a good ground Festival at this stage and, assuming he gets there and conditions are in his favour, he could easily run a big race.

Tuesday’s selection:
Ante-Post, Triumph Hurdle: Chocala (40/1 Hills)

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