The first British horse we are mentioning in the betting market is the Paul Nicholls trained TOPOFTHEGAME who last season was highly progressive and bought everything together nicely for the Cheltenham festival.
He started his season off in December in a Novices Chase taking his first run over fences at Exeter and he missed the start, having to play catch up the whole way round but stayed on nicely to grab second and was a real eye-catcher after how much ground he made up.
He went to Kempton on Boxing Day in the Kauto Star Novices Chase and again finished second to the massively improved La Bague Au Roi, but the seven year old put in a stellar performance and it was a nice race to be in before the festival.
The RSA Chase was tipped to be one of the races of the four days and it did not disappoint with the top three in the market proving why they were there with all three battling it out to the line.
TOPOFTHEGAME landed his first Grade One of his career under a patient ride by Harry Cobden seeing off a superb effort from Delta Work and Santini.
That race sets a huge precedent for the Gold Cup next year with those three runners looking some of the most likely horse to give a huge performance in the Gold Cup.
TOPOFTHEGAME after that performance was a horse to be taken seriously and although underperforming in his last run of the season at Aintree in the Mildmay Novices Chase, which probably came to soon for him after Cheltenham, he has to be taken very seriously next season stepping up into the big boy jumping sphere.