Kings Palace: is as short as 4-1 with Ladbrokes for the RSA ChasePICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Kings Palace new RSA favourite after romp
Report: Cheltenham, Friday
Ryman Stationery Cheltenham Business Club Novices' Chase (Class 2) 3m1½f, 4yo+
DAVID PIPE'S exciting young novice chaser Kings Palace became the best-priced 7-1 favourite for the RSA Chase with a strong-travelling, spring-heeled performance at Cheltenham.
Meeting the Philip Hobbs-trained Sausalito Sunrise on 8lb worse terms, after beating him by four lengths last month, the even-money favourite looked to have his work cut out but never gave Tom Scudamore a moment's worry.
Agile and fast at his fences, Kings Palace bowled along in front and constantly put pressure on his three rivals. Coming down the hill for the final time, Sausalito Sunrise was nudged upsides to deliver his challenge but Kings Palace was always travelling the more powerfully and when he picked up rounding the home turn their was only going to be one result. Two more clean leaps saw him land clear after the last and he galloped all the way to the line to win by seven lengths.
Pipe said: "That was a very impressive display as not many horses at this stage of their career jump fences as well as that. He will not be going to Kempton over Christmas as it will come too soon and we will have a look and find something in the New Year for him."
Ten minutes earlier at Bangor Melodic Rendezvous, rated as high as 163 over hurdles, made a winning debut over fences by getting up after the last to win in workmanlike fashion from the Richard Newland-trained Boondooma, who was rated as high as 135 over hurdles.
Paddy Power and Sky Bet left Melodic Rendezvous unchanged at 25-1 in their JLT Novices' Chase betting, while the latter pushed him out to 40-1 for the Racing Post Arkle after his half a length success at odds of 4-11.
His trainer Jeremy Scott said: "It was job done, really. You would love to have seen him win on the steel but the runner-up was probably better than we gave him credit for and the ground was as wet as could be so it was hard to try and sprint out of it. I am quite happy. He was almost over-jumping but hopefully that will come down with time.
"We were half eyeing up races at Ascot and Kempton but maybe we need to find another small race to get some more experience into him before we put him in at top level. But we have got the first stage over and done with and he never looked like doing anything other than getting round."