Harrington’s Angel springs RSA surprise

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Despite winning his last two races in Grade 1 company in Ireland, Jessica Harrington’s Bostons Angel sprang something of a shock on punters when getting the better of a tremendous finish with fellow Irish raider Jessies Dream to land the coveted RSA Chase on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival, writes Elliot Slater.

With most eyes focusing on the long time ante-post favourite Time For Rupert, the subject of further substantial support in the minutes leading up to the race that forced his odds down to 7/4 favourite, Bostons Angel was sent off a virtually unconsidered 16/1 chance despite his achievements in winning twice at the highest level in Ireland since the end of December. Bostons Angel was a good pledge in Irish racing tips!

Time For Rupert never looked like winning, jumping deliberately and appearing sluggish throughout. To his credit he kept going to stay on at the one pace into fifth and it would come as no surprise to hear that something was amiss. But Bostons Angel did everything right and showed himself to be more than capable on the prevailing decent ground and been a true testament to Irish racing, despite having done just about all his winning on soft or heavy ground in the past

 Jumping soundly and travelling well for most of the race, Robbie Power’s mount had to be pushed along at the top of the hill on the final circuit, but he soon responded in style although Jessies Dream appeared to be travelling better going down to the second last. Tough as teak, the seven-year-old Winged Love gelding stuck his head down and surged ahead on the run-in, only to idle in the last 75 yards as Jessies Dream came back at him. In the end he held on by a neck, with Wayward Prince just getting the better of Magnanimity for third.

Yet another big race winner at Cheltenham for Jessie Harrington (whose Oscars Well was very unlucky earlier on in the day), back at the scene of her greatest triumphs with the mighty champion chaser Moscow Flyer.

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