Mullins Eyes RSA Record

Willie Mullins is hoping to enter the Cheltenham record books this year by matching Fulke Wamwyn’s who is the only trainer to have had four successes in the RSA Chase.

The Irishman will saddle the ante post favourite this year in Ballycasey who is currently 9/2 in the racing betting with bet365.

Mullins was first successful in this 3m novice chase contest in 1998 when Florida Pearl came out on top that year. He then had to wait six years for his second triumph as Rule Supreme was victorious at the age of eight, while more recently, Cooldine brought up the Irish trainer’s hat-trick of wins in this prestigious novice race.

After two wins from two this season over fences, punters have been happy enough to back Ballycasey to give his trainer another win the RSA Chase.

The seven-year old made his seasonal reappearance at Navan back in November where he obliged in the 11 runner field by eight lengths. He made one mistake in that race but other than that, took to fences well for a pleasing debut.

Mullins then waited for the Grade One DR. P.J Moriarty Novice Chase at Leopardstown earlier this month for his return to action where he only had two rivals to beat on that occasion. One of them was Gordon Elliott’s Don Cossack who started the race as the even money favourite. Ballycasey made all though, in an impressive display to prove his credentials once again ahead of the Cheltenham Festival.

Alan King’s Smad Place is next best in the market for the RSA Chase as bet365 have him at racing odds of 7/1. He unseated jockey Robert Thornton on his debut over fences but since then has won on both of his two starts to establish himself as a key player next month.

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