Russell’s money is on Midnight Chase

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Davy Russell, who is set to become Ireland’s champion jockey, believes Midnight Chase is the value bet in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The jockey has named Neil Mulholland’s course specialist as the best each-way shot of the entire Festival – even though he does not ride the 10-year-old in the blue riband.

That privilege goes to Dougie Costello – stable jockey at John Quinn’s Malton yard. He has partnered Midnight Chase to victory in all of his five wins at Cheltenham, including in the Argento Chase on his latest start in January.

“My long shot for Cheltenham is Midnight Chase in the Gold Cup,” said Russell, a former stable jockey at Ferdy Murphy’s North Yorkshire yard.

“He’s a five-time winner round the course and ran well in the Gold Cup last year when fifth to Long Run. He was back to form with success over the course on his last run, so is a big each-way price.”

Russell has a string of eyecatching rides next week. He is set to partner Noble Prince, last year’s Jewson winner, in the Ryanair Chase – a contest that features Murphy’s Kalahari King – and has the choice of First Lieutenant or Sir Des Champs in the RSA Chase.