Super Duty is 33-1 for the RSA Chase after an impressive victoryPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Super Duty jumps to victory at Cheltenham
Report: Cheltenham, Friday
Shloer Novices' Chase 2m5f, 4yo+
SUPER DUTY turned in a better round of jumping than his rivals to claim a first victory over fences at the third attempt, as favourite Broadbackbob compromised his chances with several poor jumps.
The six-year-old, trained by Donald McCain and ridden by Jason Maguire, had improved with each of his starts over fences, finding only the talented Poungach too good at Haydock last time.
It was Maguire's mount who contested the lead from the outset with Hildisvini and Rebel Rebellion, with Broadbackbob just behind the leaders. Although the favourite got in a little tight at the second, the field were generally jumping well.
However, at the water jump, Broadbackbob committed his first serious error, and things got worse as he made mistakes at the next two fences, falling further back under Barry Geraghty.
Although the pair did manage to rally and get back in contention turning for home, the previous poor jumps took their toll as Broadbackbob quickly dropped away.
As the pace had increased down the hill, Maguire had stolen a couple of lengths on the field, and it was to prove a lead he would not relinquish.
Hildsivini's jumping had begun to creak at the business end and he sadly suffered a fatal fall at the penultimate fence, leaving Forgotten Gold to chase the winner.
In what was an attrititional affair, Tom George's runner took second at 8-1, but finished sore, as 9-4 chance Super Duty held on well, despite wandering up the straight under the whip.
Paddy Power introduced Super Duty at 33-1 for the RSA, a race now under consideration according to McCain, who said: "He was hating the ground but we wanted to see where we stood.
"I thought he might be a Jewson horse but after that I think he might now be a RSA horse. He's a tough nut and would travel comfortably in that kind of race."