No More Heroes To Zero In On Leopardstown Glory
There has already been some outstanding equine performances this Christmas, and favourite backers will be hoping for more of the same when No More Heroes (4/7) lines-up for Tuesday’s Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown (1.55pm).
The Punters’ Hero?
Gordon Elliott’s 6yo showed his potential in becoming a future champion stayer when finishing a close third in last season’s Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham (3m, soft). But, being bred to become a chaser, connections didn’t hang around in sending him over fences this term, where he won both outings, the latest a Grade 1 at Fairyhouse (2m4f, heavy).
That victory in November oozed class, as No More Heroes jumped superbly before coming clear, and another commanding performance on Tuesday could see his 5/1 odds for March’s RSA Chase at Cheltenham come in for support.
The fact No More Heroes is a 6yo who ran at Fairyhouse last time has always proven a good omen for this race down the years…
Neville Hotels Novice Chase Trends
Of the last 10 winners…
9 were 6-7yo’s
9 were Irish-bred
8 arrived via Fairyhouse or Punchestown
8 won over 2m4f
N Meade and W Mullins won it twice apiece
Revenge For Monksland?
No More Heroes’ closest rival in the market is Monksland (11/4), whom he beat by over 2l at Fairyhouse last time. Noel Meade’s 8yo is certainly respected as a promising chaser, but he’ll need to pull out more if reversing form with the jolly.
Meade’s Mare To Cause Scare?
Meade also has the young 5yo mare, Bonny Kate (10/1), who has improved in each of her three outings over fences this season. Having unseated on her chase debut, she was then runner-up, before getting off the mark in a small race at Fairyhouse last time (2m5f, soft). She is also another exciting prospect, but has question marks regarding both class and distance to answer.
Although 0-10 over fences, some punters may see Mouse Morris’ experienced 8yo, Rule The World (16/1), as a possible for the frame, having made the top two in four Graded chases.
Also consistent is Ms Sandra Hughes’ 6yo, Sub Lieutenant (33/1), who was beaten 11l by No More Heroes in a Grade 1 back in November, prior to a second in minor company earlier this month. A slight improvement on that could see him thereabouts.
It’s hard to look beyond the talented No More Heroes
…who can win this on the way to even better things, and could represent value at 5/1 for Cheltenham, if winning this stylishly.
*Prices correct at time of publication.