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2013 RSA Chase - Jim Culloty confident of big run from Lord Windermere

Jon Wilde in Wednesday 21 Feb 2013
Trainer Jim Culloty, who won three Cheltenham Gold Cups on Best Mate (credit:)

Irish trainer Jim Culloty believes his RSA Chase candidate Lord Windermere is capable of springing a surprise at the Cheltenham Festival.

The seven-year-old is on course for the big staying novices’ chase on March 13 after a fine effort when a close third to Boston Bob, one of the leading contenders for Cheltenham glory, in the Dr PJ Moriarty Chase at Leopardstown.

Culloty knows a thing or two about what it takes to triumph at the Cheltenham Festival having won three consecutive Gold Cups aboard Best Mate from 2002-04.

His string is steadily growing in number but there is no doubting Lord Windermere is his stable star.

Although the PJ Moriarty was the first time he had finished out of the first two over fences, he was only just touched off by much-heralded Boston Bob and Texas Jack.

Culloty is convinced his charge will benefit from a step up in trip and the chance to race on a decent surface.

“He came out of the race very well and we are preparing him for Cheltenham now,” said Culloty.

“He made a very bad mistake early on, he literally broke a fence, and you don't tend to win Grade Ones after doing that, so to finish so close was a great effort.

“He's never run a bad race over fences yet and we are waiting to step him up in trip on some nice ground.

“To say he was half a length behind Boston Bob must give us a little chance. 

“But the price our lad is might have something to do with the fact he's trained by Jim Culloty and not Willie Mullins!”

Bookmaker Ladbrokes quote Boston Bob at 6/1 and Lord Windermere at 20/1 for the RSA Chase at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival.

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