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The team at From The Horse’s Mouth took a close look at the Arkle Chase and top expert Ruby Walsh picked one of Willie Mullins’ potential racers as his outpost fantasy with just a month to go.
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“Edwardstone was extremely professional in everything he was asked to do. He showed he had stamina by winning at Sandown. It also showed speed on the fastest tracks at Kempton and Warwick. He is very versatile and he is an excellent jumper. He also has age on his side. There’s a lot to like about Edwardstone and you can’t knock everything he’s done so far.
“I thought Blue Lord had a bit of luck at Leopardstown, with Rivière D’etel’s mistake deciding this race. Paul Townend’s superb driving from the back of the last definitely helped him win there. However, Leopardstown is very different from an Arkle Chase in Cheltenham. You’ll often see horses excel at tracks like Leopardstown, but when it comes to the Festival, they’re not the same.
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“Riviere D’etel had more experience than Blue Lord, but that advantage may now disappear after this race and Saint Sam also has another race under his belt.
“A few mistakes hampered Saint Sam at Leopardstown earlier this month, where he finished third behind Blue Lord and Rivière D’etel. He was slow in the penultimate and that allowed his opponents to get back into the game. I was surprised he was only beaten by 4 1/4 lengths. However, before that, Saint Sam looked good at Fairyhouse in January, beating Thedevilscoachman by 9l.
“Ciel De Neige won well at Punchestown last weekend in a race he was entitled to win, where he beat Fire Attack. As for Third Time Lucky, I don’t see him turning against Edwardstone after their showdown at Warwick. Third Time Lucki looked really good at Doncaster in the Lightning Novices’ Chase at the end of January and I was surprised that Dan Skelton went to war again with Edwardstone two weeks later. He’s a good horse when he is fresh but they took that away from him now.
“The Arkle Chase is wide open. I couldn’t argue against Edwardstone but would probably be more willing to take a chance on Saint Sam just based on price. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see Riviere D’etel win.
“If one of Edwardstone, Blue Lord, Rivière D’etel, Haut En Couleurs, Saint Sam or Ciel De Neige wins the Arkle Chase at Cheltenham, we are not going to sit around asking how it went .”
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