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Monday, 22 October, 2018

Get your Cheltenham windfall with Fountains in the RSA Chase

A little tweak to his jumping could make all the difference

Fountains Windfall was unlucky to hit the deck at Kempton on Boxing Day
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Anthony Honeyball's Fountains Windfall looked every inch the winner of the Kauto Star Novices' Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day until an untimely fall at the fourth last.

The seven-year-old looked to relish the step up in trip and had the likes of Ballyoptic and West Approach off the bridle and was undoubtedly getting the better of the winner Black Corton too.

Despite two falls from three starts over fences, he was an impressive 11-length winner on debut over the Nicky Henderson-trained Stowaway Magic, and this horse has the potential to be a smart staying chaser if he can brush up on his jumping a touch.

A winner of the Grade 3 Gaskells Handicap Hurdle at Aintree last season, he has the physique of a chaser and was still travelling well at Newbury earlier this month between Elegant Escape and Black Corton before departing late on.

Honeyball has mentioned the Reynoldstown Novices' Chase next and it will be interesting to see how his jumping stands up to the demands of Ascot. If it does, I would be potentially interested in him as an each-way shot for the RSA Chase at 33-1 with William Hill.

Cheltenham, of course, is a different kettle of fish and is a track where no prisoners are taken. However, given this horse's ability to travel comfortably during a race and the fact he can jump nicely when asked, it would be a mistake to write him off completely for March.

Honeyball has made no secret of his admiration for this scopey gelding and given he acts on better ground too, he could well be overpriced.

Honeyball has made no secret of his admiration for this scopey gelding and given he acts on better ground too, he could well be overpriced
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